Morgana Robinson is the woman behind Channel 4’s new hit impressions show, Very Important People. In the show, Morgana plays a number of our favourite celebs – from Russell Brand and Danny Dyer to Amy Childs and our personal favourite Natalie ‘just doing this now’ Cassidy.
We managed to pin her down for five minutes while she took a well-deserved break from filming - here's what she had to say:
When did you realise you had a talent for impressions
Only about a year-and-half-ago. I look like Fearne Cotton and I got really bored of people telling me, so I thought ‘right, I’m going to do an impression of her.’ So that’s what I did and I actually surprised myself.
Who were the first celebs you learnt to do impressions of?
I started off with Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue, but they weren’t that straightforward. Oh and Boris Johnson.
Who’s your favourite celebrity to do?
My favourite one to actually perform on the show has to be Natalie Cassidy – I like doing any of the quirky ones, like Sophie Dahl on magic mushrooms, Hilary Devey, or Helena Bonham Carter who you haven’t seen on the show yet. I like the weird, amazing, wacky ones.
What’s been the reaction from the celebs who you do impressions of?
So far, the reaction’s been really, really good. I think everyone’s too scared to go all Craig David about it [Craig David was famously not happy about his character on Bo Selecta], but everyone’s been really nice about it so far.
Is there any celebrity that you’d love to be able to do an impression of but you just can’t quite get right?
Simon Amstell I tried and couldn’t get. And Katy Perry I couldn’t get, because she’s quite a generic American. So those two were huge failures.
How did the show actually come about – did you already know your VIP co-star Terry Mynott?
Terry and I have the same agent, so we’ve been rattling around in the same office for years now. Because we both love doing voices, it was just the obvious thing to do. Channel 4 were interested in having a new impressions show, but they wanted to know how we were going to bring it all together. We were thinking about it, going ‘but we don’t like celebrities.’ And that’s what we decided we were going to talk about on the show. Celebrities are such a big deal now – the world of celebrity gossip is almost like a religion, so we thought let’s have a go at the machine that is celebrities; so that's what makes the show more than just another impressions show. I’m guilty of being obsessed with celebrities just like everyone else – we’ve all got particular celebs we’re fascinated with.
Who’s your celeb fascination?
Kate Moss all the way. She’s my girl crush. I like Tom Hardy too; I mean he’s amazing isn’t he? I feel like he’s got a massive dark side as well. He’s so good in that film Bronson.
Have you had to spend any time with any of the celebs you’ve done impressions of on the show?
The Cottonatron – Fearne Cotton; I’ve met her quite a few times; she’s a friend of mine. The impression came first though.
How far in advance do you film the show?
We film on the Wednesday and the show airs on Friday – it’s absolutely mental. But that’s the funnest part of the show for me. I like this because at the weekend, you get the Sunday papers; you flick through heat, you flick through the papers, and you come up with what’s going to be on Friday’s show. Then you write it on Monday; Wednesday we shoot it; Thursday we edit and Friday it’s on, so it’s really exciting.
Apart from Very Important People, what do you think is the funniest show on TV?
I love Cardinal Burns; it’s really weird and surreal. It’s probably a bit too crazy, but that means it’s right up my street. I also really enjoyed Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy when it was on.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
I reckon I’d be making perfume, because I love smells. How weird is that? Or I’d run a little café; I love cooking. I haven’t really got a sweet tooth, so I stick to savoury. I’m obsessed with salt and fat as opposed to sugar. I love doing Sunday roasts when all my friends come round. I love cooking hearty, comfort food.