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Double take? 26 celebrities and their waxworks

Madame Tussaud’s London museum has long record of getting public figures to stand beside their wax figurines… but with varying results.

ARE WAX FIGURINES getting more lifelike and realistic?

We came across this marvellous set of photographs in the archives from London’s famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum depicting celebrity figures from the 1960s through to the present day. Is it just our eyes, or are they getting  a little more likelike (we chose photos which feature the real-life person as well as the figure for comparison).

For good measure, the last photograph of Eamon Dunphy with his model is taken from the National Wax Museum Plus in Dublin, to give you a taste of the models there.

Interesting side tidbit, trivia fans: Senator Donie Cassidy, previously a Fianna Fáil TD for Westmeath and Senator,  formerly owned the National Wax Museum (Plus). It is now owned in its current inception on College Green by Patrick Dunning, the owner of Grouse Lodge studios in Co Westmeath. Those studios – appropriately enough – have hosted artists such as Michael Jackson, REM and Manic Street Preachers, recording their albums. From a FF TD to the Prince of Pop… it’s a small leap from politics to showbiz, eh?

Double take? 26 celebrities and their waxworks
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  • Paul McCartney, 1964

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  • The Beatles, 1964

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  • Enoch Powell, 1966

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  • Margaret Thatcher, 1975

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  • Elton John, 1976

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  • Kevin Keegan, 1976

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  • Bruce Forsyth, 1978

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  • Naomi Campbell, 1996

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  • Michael Jackson, 1985

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  • John McEnroe, 1981

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  • Nelson Mandela, 1991

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  • Terry Wogan, 1989

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  • Billy Idol, 1996

    PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Shirley Bassey, 1999

    Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • British Prince Andrew, 1999

    Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Kylie Minogue, 1998

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  • Winston Churchill, Tony Blair, Adolf Hitler, 2002

    So none of the three real-life figures are in this actual picture but the positioning of the figures in 2002 is bizarre to say the least... Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Graham Norton, 2001

    Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Patrick Stewart, 2000

    Matthew Fearn/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Barbara Windsor, 2000

    Rebecca Naden/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • The Andrex Puppy, 2004

    Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • José Mourinho, 2005

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  • Boris Johnson, 2009

    Zak Hussein/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Cheryl Cole, 2010

    Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Press Association Images
  • Justin Bieber, 2011

    Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
  • Eamon Dunphy, 2009

    At the National Wax Museum Plus in Dublin. Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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