Norfolk twins dancing with the stars

Victoria LeggettFive-star Hollywood hotels, performing in Europe in front of a screaming crowd of 80,000 and appearances in music videos with the latest chart sensation.Victoria Leggett

Five-star Hollywood hotels, performing in Europe in front of a screaming crowd of 80,000 and appearances in music videos with the latest chart sensation.

Today, all-dancing, all-singing Polly and Sophie Duniam jet off to Athens for the latest leg of the Pet Shop Boys' 18-month world tour.

But while the Cromer twins spend most of their time hanging out with 80s pop legends these days, they still take every opportunity to get back home to their north Norfolk family.

In May, the 22-year-old sisters began the latest step in their successful performing careers as backing singers and dancers for 80s duo The Pet Shop Boys' Pandemonium tour.


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Since graduating from Laine Theatre Arts in London, the pair have already built up an impressive CV which includes a year-long stint in Zurich in the Queen musical We Will Rock You and appearances in music videos for Duffy and Pixie Lott.

Over the past few months, Sophie and Polly have visited some of the most beautiful parts of the world and stayed in luxury hotels like the Beverly Wiltshire in Los Angeles.

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Polly said: 'We did Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Mexico - which was really exciting because I had never been to that end of the world - Germany, Switzerland, Paris. All the cool cities, really.'

But, as reported in the EDP yesterday, for their two performances this weekend, the crowds were a little smaller - as were the stars.

The 20th-anniversary show for their mum's Cromer-based Marlene's Dance School featured more than 150 Norfolk youngsters dancing at the pier.

The sisters spent 14 years at the Louden Road school learning from their mum and performing in shows, festivals and concerts before beginning college aged 16.

They said they would not have dreamed of missing the show and had asked for two days off from their hectic rehearsal schedule in London so they could head home.

Polly said: 'We're always willing to come back and help and encourage the children and do a little turn. We love the theatre at the pier and it's always nice to come back and see my mum and dad.'

Sophie, who did a national tour with Darcy Bussell and Katherine Jenkins' Viva La Diva show before heading out with the Pet Shop Boys, said: 'We always want to be part of the shows - not necessarily performing but to support our mum. I think we've pretty much been to every show.'

Following the sell-out shows in Cromer, Polly and Sophie, who played the Home Farm Twins in the 1990s children's TV series, were soon winging their way back to London ahead of yet more tour dates.

Next up is Greece followed by some UK venues, while Australia is on the cards after a Christmas break.

When they finish the tour in August, Sophie said the pair planned to concentrate on their singing careers and begin recording their own music - hopefully with the help of Pandemonium's musical director.

She said: 'I feel I'm getting a bit too old for dancing. My body's thinking 'you need to slow down'.'

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