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Teen’s ‘cool vision’ hailed by US TV stars after creating Ugly Betty characters in crochet

PUBLISHED: 08:27 24 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:27 24 September 2020

Ellen Siegert's crochet figures of the Ugly Betty cast have been ordered by two of the stars including Becki Newton who is having a full set Picture: Jane Siegert

Ellen Siegert's crochet figures of the Ugly Betty cast have been ordered by two of the stars including Becki Newton who is having a full set Picture: Jane Siegert

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A teenager is having to manage a bulging order book after her crocheted figures created a buzz with celebrities in the US.

Ellen Siegert has combined her love for American TV comedy series Ugly Betty with crochet and has created a real buzz with her figures Picture: Jane SiegertEllen Siegert has combined her love for American TV comedy series Ugly Betty with crochet and has created a real buzz with her figures Picture: Jane Siegert

Ellen Siegert created the characters from her favourite TV series Ugly Betty and was stunned when one of the stars of the show ordered a full set.

The 16-year-old from Hopton suffers with chronic fatigue syndrome and took up crochet around a year ago, which she found therapeutic.

During lockdown - having rewatched the series - she decided to create the main characters posting the finished doppelgangers on Instagram and tagging in their real-life counterparts.

She immediately received applause for her talents from cast member Becki Newton, who plays Amanda, who said she was instantly struck by how Ellen had captured the spirit of the characters.

Ellen Siegert's version of the Ugly Betty Amanda character wearing the famous rubber dress which featured in an episode.The actor who plays her Becki Newton was bowled over by the likeness Picture: Jane SiegertEllen Siegert's version of the Ugly Betty Amanda character wearing the famous rubber dress which featured in an episode.The actor who plays her Becki Newton was bowled over by the likeness Picture: Jane Siegert

Since then two other actors in the series have said they want them too - and now she spends her evenings responding to requests from America.

The Amanda doll portrays the character in the famous “Amanda dress” - a super-tight rubber concoction designed to expose the catty receptionist’s slavish devotion to fashion.

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The episode is a favourite among fans of the comedy drama which ran for four seasons from 2006 to 2010 and centres on a spoof fashion magazine called Mode.

Becki said in a post to her 46,000 followers that seeing Amanda in doll form was “a dream come true” .

She thanked Ellen for being “so talented and kind and creating things that will bring so much joy to people,” hailing her as “an incredible human.”

Her fans commenting said they were stunned to hear the artist was so young with many saying how impressed they were and hailing her “cool vision.”

Ellen’s parents Jane and Steve Siegert said the whole episode had been a real boost to the teenager, followers on her CrazyHippoCrochet Instagram account increasing tenfold.

Ellen Siegert with two of the Ugly Betty dolls which have gone down a storm in the US and seen a ten fold increase  to followers on her Instagram page CrazyHippoCrochet Picture: Jane SiegertEllen Siegert with two of the Ugly Betty dolls which have gone down a storm in the US and seen a ten fold increase to followers on her Instagram page CrazyHippoCrochet Picture: Jane Siegert

The “joy and excitement” had been “surreal” Ellen said, the only problem now being fulfilling all the orders in her GCSE year while coping with the illness, diagnosed two and a half years ago.

So far she has commissions for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Edgar Allan Poe and characters from American TV shows.

“It has just been a blur of excitement,” Ellen added.


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