Former Wisbech Grammar School student in the limelight as she dates world’s No 1 Davd Beckham lookalike
IN her day job former Wisbech Grammar School student Ria Flanders runs her own thriving vintage clothing boutique in West Sussex.
But when she shuts the door of her shop, Riarange, in East Grinstead, RIA, 27, steps into the celebrity limelight as the girlfriend of the world’s No 1 David Beckham lookalike, Andy Harmer.
Now the story of her other life ‘dating Becks’ – meeting Alan Carr and partying with Simon Cowell and Mr T lookalikes at VIP events as well as the endless round of flirty women trying it on with her gorgeous man – has been revealed to the nation in ‘Now’ and ‘That’s Life!’ magazines.
Ria, who opened her boutique in 2006 after completing a course in fashion journalism at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Epsom, spotted Andy at her local pub in January with his lookalike friends, ‘Gordon Ramsay’ and ‘Ricky Gervais’ – and the following week she was being wined and dined.
As a leading lookalike, Andy ,31, earns up to �75,000 a year. He has appeared as Beckham in the hit Keira Knightley film, ‘Bend it like Beckham’, as well as starring in advertisements for Vodafone, Adidas and Pepsi.
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In his latest television outing he is playing a character in ‘Louie Spence’s Showbusiness’ on Sky 1 and Ria has been snapped up to appear as an extra in one of the scenes.
Of course, the perfect lookalike image needs to be nurtured and Andy spends hundreds of pounds on twice-daily gym sessions, manicures, haircuts and regular wardrobe upgrades. He has even spent �1,000 copying the football star’s tattoos.
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His girlfriend, ‘Mrs Beckham’, said: “It is actually all a bit surreal and something I never thought would happen to me, but he is a brilliant person and it has just been really enjoyable.”