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Norwich man in Britain's Got Talent semi final

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 01 July 2010

Daniel Craig lookalike Steve Wright

Daniel Craig lookalike Steve Wright

Kim Briscoe

A Daniel Craig look-a-like from Norwich has stormed into the live, televised semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent - and is now urging the city to get behind his bid for stardom.

A Daniel Craig look-a-like from Norwich has stormed into the live, televised semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent - and is now urging the city to get behind his bid for stardom.

In a 90-minute edition of the show on Saturday, the judges of the hit ITV talent show announced the 40 acts they want to go through to the live semi-finals, and among them was Hellesdon's Steve Wright and his Chippendoubles act.

The Chippendoubles dancers - made up of impersonators resembling David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, Ricky Gervais, Will Smith, Simon Cowell and Mr T, as well as Daniel Craig - became an instant hit in the auditions round of the show.

Dressed as monks wearing white face masks, one by one they revealed their famous faces in a cheeky routine which was met by rapturous applause and cheering.

Mr Wright, 42, a commercial and advertising photographer who is originally from Sheringham, said the group were thrilled to made it through to the last 40.

He said: “We are very pleased as you can imagine, but our lips are sealed as to what's going to be happening in our act.

“We're feeling very confident.”

Two acts from each of the five semi-final shows, which started last night and will continue this week, will be picked by judges and the public for the grand final on Saturday.

Every evening the performance receiving the greatest number of public votes will go through, with the judges, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, picking their favourite from the acts in second and third place.

They are competing for a £100,000 prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show in December.

The group has already pledged to give the £100,000 prize money to charity if they win the show.

Since they featured on television, the Chippendoubles have been busy with bookings and say they are enjoying being recognised as the famous faces from the show.

Mr Wright, who is still waiting for confirmation about which night he will be performing, said: “The good thing is that rather than recognise us as individual characters people are recognising us as from the Chippendoubles.

“Apart from being on the show the best bit has been meeting these guys. We have all got on really well and the best bit is hanging out together.

“I hope people in Norfolk will vote for us as the surprise variety act of this season.”

The Britain's Got Talent live semi-finals will be screening on ITV from 7.30pm each night this week.

Are you set to appear on television? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk.

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