A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published July 7th 2011
Meeting a celebrity can be a huge thrill; the shock when you realise who it is, getting up the courage to go up and say hello, giggling like a nervous schoolgirl as you stumble over your words, and then getting that one photo to show off to all your friends.
Johnny isn't always happy with the attention from the paparazzi.
So if you want to channel your inner paparazzo and go somewhere you're guaranteed some celebrity sightings, head to Madame Tussauds. Located on Marylebone Road, this wacky wax museum has been drawing in the crowds since 1884.
Where else are you going to get this close to Helen Mirren?
Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses in Paris, where she became art tutor to King Louis XVI's sister at the Palace of Versailles. She came to Britain in the early 19th century with a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and wax models of public figures. In 1835, she established a permanent base for the exhibition at the Baker Street Bazaar, before its later move to the current location.
Today, Madame Tussauds pulls in the tourists by the thousands, all clamouring to pose for a picture with any number of famous figures. You can get up close and personal with the amazing wax likenesses of actors like Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, sports stars like Brian Lara and Jonah Lomu, or political figures like Fidel Castro and Winston Churchill. Sip a scotch with Sean Connery, ask Jim Carrey why he hasn't made a decent movie in years, and pull out all the stops to try to woo Prince Harry.
I went to Madam Tussauds when I was in Thailand recently and it was so much fun, I especially loved the interactive displays. I would love to get the chance to go to the one in London though, I reckon it would have a better selection and some interesting faces that were't at Thailand.
While I love all the celebrities I think that I get more of a kick out of the world leaders! :)
The Madame Tussauds in NYC is always packed. Those wax figures are intense, so life like. And they look really good on digital film, so it is just like you're standing next to Johnny Depp! Love the faux-celebrity sightings!