Norfolk’s Charlie Chaplin makes music video debut

PUBLISHED: 12:32 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 17 May 2017

Headshot of Antony Arnold as Charlie Chaplin. Photo: Ant E Statik Enterprise.

Headshot of Antony Arnold as Charlie Chaplin. Photo: Ant E Statik Enterprise.

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He has performed across the globe and is a common sight in Norfolk as he busks in the region’s biggest cities and towns.

Antony Arnold as Charlie Chaplin's Living Statue at King's Cross Station in London. Picture: Submitted Antony Arnold as Charlie Chaplin's Living Statue at King's Cross Station in London. Picture: Submitted

Outside Great Yarmouth bus station, Gentleman’s Walk in Norwich or on the streets of New York - Antony Arnold, more recognisable as Charlie Chaplin’s Living Statue, has been performing for more than 35 years. Now his act has been immortalised in a music video of the band who he performs to.

The 49-year-old from Angel Road, Norwich, dances to German electric swing group Tape Five. After reaching out to them through Facebook last month, and sending a video of him dancing to their tracks, the band asked to feature him in a music video.

The video has had nearly 2,000 views on Youtube since it was posted on May 9.

Mr Arnold said: “I just thought I like their music, so I sent the band performances I have done in Norwich and Yarmouth and they got back to me saying how they liked it and wanted me to send more so they could make a video.”

Charlie in Cairo. Photo from Ant E Statik Enterprise. Charlie in Cairo. Photo from Ant E Statik Enterprise.

He has taken his act around the world, performing in New York, Hollywood and Queensland, Australia.

“It is brilliant,” he said, “it just feels like I should have been doing all these kind of things ages ago. I’m now doing exactly what I set out to do in the first place. Getting in touch with Martin Strathausen of Tape Five feels like it was the perfect thing to do.”

Mr Arnold has lived with epilepsy after being hit by a car when he was 14. He had been on medication to help with seizures, but said he has been able to manage the seizures much better and came off medication last year.

He said: “It’s given me so much more drive. I now throw my head back and laugh and feed off that energy. I’d seen how much better the act was and had the idea to contact the band. Before this it never would have occurred to me, I would have worried about it and thought I should not be doing it.”

Since starring in the music video, Mr Arnold has said he will be taking each day one step and at time and see where things go.

“I really couldn’t have done any of this without the help and guidance of my partner, Gill Alexander. We have been increasingly more inseparable over the last five years,” he added.

Tape Five was founded in 2003 by Martin Strathausen and the group has recently released its sixth studio album.

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