Jamie Vardy Lookalike Set To Cash In On His New Fame
A Jamie Vardy lookalike has been given six months off from his job as a postman in order to cash in on his new found fame.
Lifelong Leicester City fan Lee Chapman - who is a dead ringer for the club's top scorer - has made a number of TV appearances in recent weeks as the club sealed the Premier League title.
Chapman was even invited on to the team bus to meet Vardy as the Foxes stars celebrated winning the league.
And he insists his world has been turned upside down after a lookalike agency spotted him during the title celebrations - prompting mail bosses to allow him time off.
Chapman told the Mirror: "It's mental. I'm part of it. I'm a hard core Foxes fan and now I've got fans of my own.
"Royal Mail are taking it in good spirit and have given me a six-month career break.
"But they want me to do charity work for the Stroke Association while I'm taking time out. I'm happy to do that."
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Foxes striker Vardy has enjoyed the season of his life, scoring 24 times in the league as Claudio Ranieri's side remarkably beat Tottenham to the title.
Jamie Vardy lookalike Lee Chapman, a postman who sprinted his round this morning so he could celebrate pic.twitter.com/aJCAyJ0wyx- Josh Halliday (@JoshHalliday) May 3, 2016
Vardy, 29, has even played his way into Roy Hodgson's England squad with his goalscoring form after playing non-league football just four years ago.
The King Power hitman is still in contention to finish as the league's overall top scorer. The race for the golden boot is going down to the wire in the final day of the season where Leicester face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Vardy's 24-goal tally is up against that of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, who also has 24, and Tottenham's Harry Kane who has 25.