A Driffield hairdresser is hoping to follow in her showbiz hero’s footsteps and travel the world performing her new diva show.
Laura Ellis, who works at Sal’s Barbers on Mill Street, starred as a guest cabaret act on a number of ferry routes last year and is preparing to unveil her new ‘Divas Back in Time’ show within the next few weeks.
Laura, whose stage name is Pinky Ellis and is managed by LMG, has honed her new act where she imitates stars such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield and Etta James.
She started her showbiz career at a young age and is hoping to replicate the success of Jane McDonald, who found worldwide fame singing in the BBC show The Cruise and went on to be a TV personality, actress and broadcaster.
Laura, who lives on Woodland Rise, began her career at Skipsea Caravan Park learning the ropes as part of the production team before heading to Cyprus and Majorca.
She then worked at Disneyland Paris, playing the roles of Tinkerbell, Ariel The Little Mermaid and Alice from Alice in Wonderland, performing in the parades and production shows.
After a spell on cruise ships as part of the production teams she came back to England and started her own cabaret show.
Her performances have gained plenty of plaudits and has built up a great reputation with her extensive repertoire of ballads, songs from the musicals, swing and pop songs.
Speaking about her hopes for the future, Laura, 30, said: “I would like to take my new show around the world, more or less like Jane McDonald, performing on cruise ships and hotels abroad and go worldwide.
“I was brought up at Skipsea Sands from the age of two and soon after my dad died, when I was 14, I entered a competition and came third.
“Because of the competition, I got spotted and started working at the holiday camp, just helping with the children. I did that for about four years and then attended a theatre school in Leeds. The work at Skipsea was good grounding, so I learnt the business from an early age.
“I then worked at Disneyland playing various characters on parades and production shows before joining the production teams on Thomson and Silversea cruise ships.
“It was always my dream to have my own show, similar to Jane McDonald’s, and travel the world. I just love performing.
“I will be singing on Brittany Ferries again this year with my new show after appearing as a guest entertainer last year on the France, Northern Spain and Irish routes.
“I want to take this new tribute act as far as I can take it really.”