Impressionist and comedienne, Francine Lewis rose to fame and captured the nation’s hearts when she appeared on on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 impersonating Cheryl, Stacey Solomon and Katie Price amongst others. She went on to win the public vote in the semi finals, making it through to the final.
Francine is still the only female impressionist comedian to ever make it to the live shows with her impersonations regularly going viral, being watched by millions worldwide.
Since Britain’s Got Talent, Francine appears on TV regularly and is also an actress, model and mum of two.
It’s a pleasure to share her inspiring work and life in my Wonderful Women series.
1. Describe a typical day for you?
I drop my daughter off at her school bus then get my son ready and off to school every day. I then walk the dog and try and go to the gym.
Once back, I respond to emails, update my social channels and I’m always writing, jotting down ideas and inspiration for future projects. I never stop developing my work or being inspired when it come to impersonations or my acting work.
Once I’ve done a quick food shop, it’s usually time to pick the kiddies up and make dinner. Typical mum stuff!
2. What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Being a good mum first off is my biggest achievement: bringing up two incredible children. Other achievements are appearing on some great TV shows.
Britain’s Got Talent is something I’ll always be proud of and being the only woman to ever make the live shows in 10 years was amazing. I was also voted no 1 Best Impressionist on Global Got Talent too.
3. What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
What’s not in my bag?! Everything’s in there. I’m like Mary flipping Poppins!
4. What are your ambitions in life?
I’ve been very fortunate to have fulfilled a lot of my ambitions but I would love to be in a comedy film one day, and also a judge on BGT. Most importantly, I want always make my kids proud.
5. What advice do you know now, you wish you had pre-kids?
I wish I knew how little sleep I was going to get. I need my sleep and in the early years that was tough. I wouldn’t change anything though, I love motherhood.
6. What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
I’ve learnt that not everyone are genuine in the media world and I’ve learnt who my real friends and supporters are. Working in the public eye teaches you to acquire a thick skin in order to survive and thrive.
7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
My goals are doing more acting and and being a judge on a talent show, as I’ve done so many myself. Making my new cosmetics range a hit in shops, all over the country and I want to write my autobiography and bring out my own board game. There’s lots I hope to achieve.
8. What advice would you give a budding comedienne/actress?
Follow your dreams and work hard to get where you want to be. Oh, and don’t go on sleazy reality shows like Geordie Shore or Ex on the Beach, to get famous. It’s alarming how the new generation think having sex on TV helps you get famous. It’s sad.
9. Finally, happiness is… when I’m with my kids and just we’re all cuddling up and laughing together. There’s nothing on this planet that’s more special or important to me than that. Happiness is of course, having your health too. Without that, you have nothing.
Watch Francine’s Showreel:
Photo by Snootyfox Pictures.