Elvis gets all shook up
PUBLISHED: 19:57 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
ELVIS SHMELVIS was all shook up when he entertained 600 under-privileged children and scores of celebrities on Sunday at London s Grosvenor House Hotel. Elvis, alias Martyn Dias, aged 46, of Ragged Hall Lane, St Albans, was performing at the Madhatters Te
ELVIS SHMELVIS was all shook up when he entertained 600 under-privileged children and scores of celebrities on Sunday at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
Elvis, alias Martyn Dias, aged 46, of Ragged Hall Lane, St Albans, was performing at the Madhatters Tea Party, an annual event organised by the London Taxi Drivers Association.
He sang a medley of rock-and-roll numbers including All Shook Up, then got the kids up on stage with him for Viva Las Vegas before finishing off with The Wonder of You.
Also on the bill were The Cheeky Girls and X Factor finalist Austin Drage, Kara Tointon from Eastenders and Gladiators Doom and Enigma.
Martyn is used to mixing with celebrities but was particularly impressed by the latest King of the Jungle, Joe Swash, describing the ex-Eastenders star as one of the nicest people he's ever met.
He said: "Joe is just a naturally-friendly, down-to-earth guy. I asked him if he'd go through the jungle trials again and he said he would, that he'd loved the whole experience."
Former IT manager Martin has been impersonating Elvis for 12 years, ably supported by wife Sue who manages his career.
Sons Michael, aged 17, and David, 15, are also showing signs of following a showbiz path. Michael has already played a leading role singing in a school production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Martyn frequently entertains at celebrity parties - most recently at Chelsea and England player Joe Cole's birthday party.
He also pops up from time to time in bit parts on TV shows like Holby City and is featured in a yet-to-be-screened episode of Come Dine With Me.