An English writer, who has made a name impersonating
celebrity photographs, is tracing her father's footsteps
around New Zealand.
Self-confessed writer-for-hire Nell Frizzell was in Dunedin
this week as part of a research trip for articles and a
Back home she works as a commissioning editor for an arts
magazine and a freelancer for several publications, including
The Guardian, Vice, Gracia and ''whoever will have me,
Byline aside, it is for her quirky blog, Goppeldangers, she
is perhaps best known.
The site features her impersonating celebrities past and
present, including mastering the side-mouth yell made famous
by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, or as Vivienne
Westwood or using a bag of oranges to capture Vivienne
Then there is the one of her using a piece of bread with a
hole in it to capture Ernest Hemingway's facial hair.
The celebrity she looked least like in real life tended to
get the biggest reaction from her growing legion of online
While no New Zealander had been given the Frizzell treatment,
she had impersonated The Hobbit's Bilbo Baggins.
''I was going to do Pania of the Reef but it would mean
getting my norks out, which I was slightly unsure about.''
If her name seems familiar that is because her uncle is
artist Dick Frizzell, and Steve Chadwick, a former Labour
minister turned Rotorua mayor, is her aunt.
Her father, Bill, grew up in Hastings and left New Zealand as
a 20-year-old to travel the world.
''My New Zealand passport renewed, my ticket booked, I am
heading to my fatherland to cycle around a foreign country
full of people who share my surname and strange nose,'' the
28-year-old wrote in an article for The Guardian earlier this
Despite warnings from almost everyone she met, she loved
cycling around New Zealand - ''it was a dream''.
That experience was likely to form another article on ''being
a single female traveller on a bike''.
Whether coming off her bike and ending up in Dunedin Hospital
with concussion makes the cut remained to be seen, she said.
''But I will say New Zealand hospitals are a dream.''
Frizzell has been in the country since January and conceded
the trip was also doubling as a taster to see if she could
move here permanently.
''I feel an affinity with people that I wasn't expecting,''