Young Joshua takes first step to stardom

HE is less than three feet tall and barely out of nappies, but little Joshua Williams has already had his first taste of showbusiness – thanks to his celebrity good looks.

By Danielle Nuttall

HE is less than three feet tall and barely out of nappies, but little Joshua Williams has already had his first taste of showbusiness – thanks to his celebrity good looks.

For when producers of new BBC2 look-a-like show Double Take spotted the two-year-old, they could not help but notice his striking similarity to Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie's son, Rocco.

The youngster, of Heath Lane, Ipswich, was immediately signed up to star as the famous toddler – alongside a look-a-like of his pop Queen mum - in an episode of the satirical series.


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It is the two-year-old's first job since being taken on by child modelling agency, Little Acorn, in London a year ago, but it could be the start of a glittering entertainment career.

His parents Leona, 30, and Martyn, 35, had no idea of their first child's uncanny likeness to baby Rocco.

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"I hadn't seen Rocco before so I didn't know whether he looked like him or not but the producer seemed to be really pleased with him and said he really looked like him," said Mr Williams, who works for an insurance broker in London.

"He took to it really well and it didn't faze him in the slightest. He had fun and when we spoke to him about it afterwards and we said who are you he said 'Rocco'."

Directed by photographer Alison Jackson, Double Take features snippets of celebrity life as if a hidden camera was catching them unaware.

The celebrities featured in the show, who include Camilla Parker Bowles and the Prime Minister, are all played by look-a-likes and are often portrayed in shocking and amusing scenarios.

A pilot of the satirical series won a Bafta award for Most Innovative Programme.

Joshua's scene involved him being filmed playing hide-and-seek with Madonna in an exclusive house in London.

Mr Williams said the idea was to make the sketch appear as close to an everyday mother and child scenario as possible.

The family have not yet been told when their son's scene will appear but will be given a week's notice so they can set up the video recorder.

Mr Williams said the tot loved every moment of playing a star for the day, but admitted his family life in Ipswich was a little different to Rocco's superstar parents.

Double Take appears on BBC 2 at 9.30pm on Mondays.

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