Elvis fans come in different shapes and sizes, but nothing brings the legacy of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley back to life as much as the talents and charisma of the men and women who pay tribute to him with their art, fashion and style.
All over the world, throughout the years, hundreds of talented people have earned the distinction of being called the ‘Top Elvis Impersonator’ of their time, and the UK is no different. So, if you’re fan of ‘The King’ looking to add a little something special to your next event, there’s nothing better than a live and authentic Elvis Presley impersonator to serenade you and really excite the crowd.
So, just how can you make the choice of who to invite amongst the hundreds of talented Elvis impersonators out there? To start with, peruse our list of the very best Elvis impersonators to grace the UK scene.
JD King is possibly the best and most acclaimed tribute artist of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley. This much talked about act has worked with John Wilkinson – Elvis Presley’s guitarist back in the day – and Elvis’s cousin, Donna Presley.
From the first time you set eyes on him, you’ll immediately be able to tell that JD has what it takes to impersonate ‘The King’ in every aspect of his performance, as he acts, moves and sings exactly as the rock and roll icon did when he was alive.
The journey for JD King as an Elvis impersonator began in 2002, when he cut and dyed his hair, stuck on theatrical sideburns and changed into a jumpsuit. Since then, he’s continued to blaze the trail as one of the top Elvis performers in the UK, if not the world. Over the years, JD has won countless tributes and accolades as the best Elvis performer of his generation. Furthermore, there are thousands of positive reviews on his website and other third party review sites from happy clients to testify to this.
It would appear that Ben Portsmouth, a talented singer, songwriter and musician, had Elvis blood flowing through his veins from an early age. He practically grew up on Elvis Presley, as his father was a serious fan, who was always playing music by ‘The King’. Ben started his journey as an Elvis impersonator in 2005 when he formed the band ‘Taking care of Elvis’. However, his big break came in 2006, when he was voted the ‘Best Elvis impersonator’ at the International Elvis Festival in Wales.
Ben also made history in 2012 as the only performer outside of America to win the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, which took place in Memphis, USA. All in all, Ben Portsmouth is one of the few men who have the voice, style and flair to pull off an Elvis impersonation flawlessly.
Born in 1971, Gordon discovered a love for music at an early age and was significantly influenced by his family’s choice of music, including the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. A tribute artist who has been performing professionally since 2003, Gordon started copying the late, great icon from when he was as young as four. As he grew older, people began to comment on how much he sounded like Elvis when he sang.
Gordon has no formal music training and actually ran a barber shop until 2003, when he did his first ever Elvis impersonation to an overwhelming response. He got his big break in 2005 when he won the Grand Final of ‘Stars in their eyes’ on TV. He also has several international accolades to his credit.
Mike A Grace
Mike A Grace is one of the most exclusive Elvis tribute artists to come out of the UK. Guests at his shows can attest to his attention to detail, great sense of style and similar vocal capabilities to Elvis. In fact, the ‘The King’ is brought back to life at all of Mike’s performances.
Mike has performed in clubs, hotels and high profile events all around the world; he is also not averse to plying his talent at small bespoke events, such as birthday parties and receptions. Mike is outstanding for his Elvis impressions and impersonation, aided by his very own sound and light engineers.
Mike A Grace is available for any engagements, including corporate events and cruise ships, whether in the UK or anywhere else in the world.
Elvis Shmelvis is on top of the game, as one of the best Elvis impersonators in the UK. He has performed on many occasions in front of thousands of Elvis fans, including Trafalgar Square, where he performed before more than 20,000 people.
He has also graced music festivals, including Milton Keynes Bowl, Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the Park Jam in Reading. This puts Elvis Shmelvis up there with the very best and makes him much sought after by prominent organisations to feature as part of their corporate entertainment.
He manages to successfully pull off Elvis impersonations without any hitches. Meanwhile, his uncanny Elvis-like voice is so convincing that many people accuse him of miming, rather than actually singing! He even gets his costumes from the same tailors that made Elvis’s in the USA.
In addition to his accolades as an impressive impersonator, Elvis Shmelvis has also earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as having made the largest physical bet in history.
Elvin Priestly is one of the most convincing Elvis tribute artists to come out of North West England. His voice and style is amazingly similar to that of ‘The King’ that you will almost believe you are in the company of the Elvis himself! This amazing artist has been paying tribute to the Elvis for many years, swinging his hips and shaking his legs in a manner reminiscent of the ‘Heartbreak King’.
He is always available for a full one hour show or two 45 minutes performances at events of any kind, including birthdays, weddings and corporate events. You can book him to perform solo or opt to for the full works, including Las Vegas dancers and an accompanying band.
Chris Field is a successful Elvis impersonator based in Ashford, Kent, who has been performing professionally since 2005. He has plied his trade throughout the UK, including London, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the South East.
Chris started out as an Elvis tribute artist in local nursing homes and in 2007, took a step further by entering the Elvis European Championships, where he made an instant impression with both the fans and judges. Since then, Chris has been performing as one of the most successful Elvis impersonators within and outside of the UK. He has performed solo at countless events and has also shared the stage with a host of other impressive tribute arts.
Chris prides himself on his ability to deliver, irrespective of your Elvis era preference. Whether you want the 50’s look, the ‘68 comeback special or you prefer the 70’s Vegas years, Chris is more than confident he can deliver them all with aplomb.
Martin Fox has earned his spurs as one of the leading Elvis impersonators in the UK and beyond, having been involved in the entertainment industry since the 1980’s.
This famous tribute artist has featured as Elvis in magazines, as well as on radio and TV throughout the UK, USA and Europe; he is highly regarded in the industry by both fans and peers alike. Martin is always available for shows, parties and events where he has earned the reputation of being able to carry the crowd with his famous Elvis persona.
Paul Ritchie is a UK Elvis impersonator, known for his ability to provide the complete Elvis Presley experience. Paul delivers his act with the same style and passion that ‘The King’ is renowned for. He is one of the top Elvis lookalikes, who has successfully managed to capture the audience with his similar vocal ability and on stage performances. Paul is always ready to hit the stage solo or with a live accompanying band to provide the full Vegas experience.
In 2006, Paul was voted the UK’s number one Elvis lookalike and has since gone on to become one of the finest tribute artists the UK has produced.
DaniElvis is a different kind of Elvis Impersonator. He not only channels his inner Elvis in songs, but combines it with other performances such as comedy, impersonation, Deejay, MC, interactions and a whole gamut of entertaining activities, just to make sure that everyone has a good time. DaniElvis has also performed classics from other pop and rock legends, including Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder and Dean Martin, amongst others.
DaniElvis has been performing as an Elvis Impersonator since 2008, when he was discovered on an international cruise ship. He has since gone on to become one of the most sought after entertainers in the UK and Europe.