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Teacher who knits Ed Sheeran and Poldark dolls invited to BBC's Graham Norton Show

PUBLISHED: 07:55 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:11 29 March 2019

Angela Blay with her knitted Ed Sheeran doll   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Angela Blay with her knitted Ed Sheeran doll Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A music teacher was invited onto the popular BBC Graham Norton Show to show off the results of her quirky hobby - knitting dolls of the rich and famous.

Angela Blay, aged 51, from Elmswell, creates knitted dolls of famous characters and people in her spare time.

The talented mother of two started her collection of woolly figurines by creating the cast of Poldark. Once she completed the set, she posted a picture on Twitter which went viral.

She said: “I had people from all over the world getting in touch after they saw the tweet and then someone from the BBC messaged me and asked if they could borrow the Poldark figures for The Graham Norton Show.

Angela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAngela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“So me and the dolls went and watched the show and Graham chatted to me while I sat in the audience.

“Not long after that Dawn French asked me if I could make her a Vicar of Dibley doll, which I did.”

On the show, Norton presented Angela’s dolls to Poldark star Aidan Turner, American actor Ethan Hawke, Australian actress Toni Collette and comedian Jo Brand.

Angela Blay with her knitted Ed Sheeran doll   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAngela Blay with her knitted Ed Sheeran doll Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

In preparation for the show, Angela created a Graham Norton doll and an additional Ross Poldark - who is Aidan Turner’s character on the drama - for them to keep.

More recently, the knitting fanatic has pulled on her creative strings and produced a figure of Suffolk star Ed Sheeran.

Angela added: “I am a massive Ed Sheeran fan and I know he is going to play in Ipswich so I thought I would do one of him.

“The ultimate dream would be to present it to Ed myself.”

Each doll takes between eight and 10 hours to create.

Next on the knit-list is the Queen, Freddie Mercury and Winston Churchill.

Angela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAngela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“It makes me happy to knit,” Angela said.

“People have also written to me and told me that they make them happy too.

“Others have said my pictures on Facebook gets them through the day. I feel incredibly honoured that people like them so much it is really humbling.”

Angela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAngela Blay has knitted characters from Poldark Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ed Sheeran knitted by Angela Blay  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNEd Sheeran knitted by Angela Blay Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Angela Blay with her knitted dolls  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNAngela Blay with her knitted dolls Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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