Victoria Derbyshire was hailed an inspiration by fans after stripping for off for The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night – but not all viewers were focused on her going topless.
Those watching the ITV show, which saw eight female celebrities shed their clothes to help raise awareness about breast cancer, spotted an uncanny resemblance between Victoria, 49, and her fellow female broadcaster Kaye Adams, 55.
People flocked to Twitter to share their utter disbelief at how similar the pair look saying they were each others ‘double’.
One even jokingly questioned whether the pair had ever appeared in the same room together.
BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire stripped off on ITV’s Real Full Monty: Ladies Night to raise awareness for breast cancer
But viewers watching the performance at home couldn’t help point out similarities between the BBC host and Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams
Those watching the ITV show at home flocked to Twitter point out the similarities between the two broadcasters, with one questioning whether they had ever been in the same room together
Praise poured in for Victoria after stripping off for The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night after undergoing a mastectomy and reconstruction.
The mother-of-two appeared alongside celebrities including Michelle Heaton, Megan McKenna and Coleen Nolan, to strip off in front of a live audience.
But as the women took to the stage, viewers pointed out the similarities between Loose Women presenter Kaye, who was watching from home, and Victoria.
‘Victoria Derbyshire looks more like Kaye Adams than Kaye Adams does!’ joked one.
‘Has anyone ever seen Victoria in the same room as Kaye Adams,’ asked another.
‘Victoria Derbyshire is Kaye Adams’ double #uncanny,’ said a third.
Victoria, who is mother to Oliver, 13, and Joe, 11, with her long-term partner, radio producer Mark Sandell experienced several crises of confidence before the final performance.
The BBC star struggled throughout the process as to whether taking her clothes off was really the right way to raise awareness of breast cancer and encourage women to check their breasts.
But in the end, she donned a glittery dress to perform to the emotional lyrics of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, which she then confidently stripped off to reveal a tasseled bra and pants
Cancer survivor and BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire, 49, has been hailed as an inspiration by fans after stripping off for The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night
Coleen Nolan, Helen Lederer, Megan McKenna, Michelle Heaton, Ruth Madoc, Sally Dexter, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Victoria Derbyshire on stage during The Full Monty: Ladies Night
Victoria (right) had a few wobbles along the way, but eventually decided that taking part in the show was the right thing to do
The ladies performed their routine to the emotional lyrics This Is Me from the film The Greatest Showman, shedding their sparkly dresses to reveal black lingerie (pictured right modelled by Megan McKenna)
Halfway through the stars pulled off their dresses to reveal black lingerie covered in diamante and danced with large red feathered fans, pictured
Viewers watching at home praised the women for their bravery and their dedication to such a worthy cause
The ladies strutted their stuff on stage before grabbing feathered showgirl fans for the rest of the dance routine – baring their breasts at the very end, filmed tastefully from behind the women.
An emotional Victoria has been thanking fans for their support on Twitter.
Many told the presenter they had been inspired to check their breasts for cancer after the routine which clearly had an impact on her as she thanked many individually.
One woman wrote on Twitter: ‘You’re inspirational. I’m now going to have a mammogram!’
User Duncan Young wrote: ‘I’m not one for gushing praise, but I’d like to give you nothing but gushing praise. I can’t tell you the good you’ve done and are doing. Inspirational doesn’t come close. X’
The routine was welcomed with a very positive reaction on social media, with some women confirming they had checked their breasts because of the stars’ performance
Rachel French said: ‘I’d forgotten to check my boobs for ages but I’ll make sure I do, thanks for the reminder.’
Debbie Holden added: ‘Victoria you are an inspiration!!!!! One truly brave lady you were all fanbloodytastic. Thank you for empowering us ladies and raising awareness. Your new found friendship with Coleen was lovely to see. Well done!’
A Twitter user called Dean heaped praise on all the women and said: ‘Absolutely amazing! Truly inspiring. Tears, tears and more tears but you really showed empowerment, I’m glad that any woman I know, Mum, sister, auntie, gran, cousin, daughter and niece have something to watch like this and you’ve have all helped them! THANK YOU!’
Sara Sutton added: ‘So many women have been inspired by you all!’
Despite her nerves during the initial rehearsals, Victoria was the picture of confidence as she performed the routine on stage
Coleen and Victoria experienced an emotional moment after the big performance
Doing it with confidence: The ladies stripped off their glittery dresses to reveal taselled bras and pants
After the routine Victoria tweeted her thanks to her fellow performers and fans for their support and urged women to check their breasts for cancer
Victoria told the photographer off for advising her to adjust the iced buns to make her breasts look more even, saying the ‘whole point’ was to give a realistic view
The presenter broke down in tears during the first rehearsal, and admitted it the process had brought back some difficult emotions
Victoria with her long-term partner, radio producer Mark Sandell (left). She said her worst fear was not getting to see her two sons grow up (right)
Ahead of the show, Victoria said: ‘This process has made me really happy. I’ve had such a good time. Tonight there might be someone watching who learns something about breast cancer they didn’t know before and it might save their life. And that is massive.’
Her efforts were hailed on fans on Twitter who praised the presenter for her bravery, with one adding that she had ‘mind-blowing strength’.
Fellow performer Coleen also had a very personal reason to be on stage with cancer having a devastating impact on her family.
What type of cancer did Victoria Derbyshire suffer from?
Victoria Derbyshire suffered from Stage 2 Invasive Lobular breast cancer. The television star found out she may have breast cancer after she Googled ‘inverted nipple’ in July 2015.
Shortly after the current affairs presenter was diagnosed with breast cancer and went on to have a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Invasive lobular breast cancer means that the cancer started in the cells that line the lobules and has spread into the surrounding breast tissue. The lobules are the glands that make milk when breastfeeding.
More than 1 in 10 breast cancers diagnosed (12.2%) are invasive lobular carcinoma. This type can develop in women of any age. But it is most common in women between 45 and 55 years old.
Possible symptoms include: an area of thickening or swelling a change in the nipple, for example it might turn inwards (become inverted) a change in the skin, such as dimpling or thickening.
The former singer turned Loose Women presenter lost her sister Bernie to the disease in 2013, while last year sibling Linda was also diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.
Speaking about why she wanted to take part in the show, Coleen said: ‘I’m alive and one of my sisters isn’t and the other is going through hell again.’
During the first rehearsal Victoria broke down in tears as Ashley Banjo of Diversity asked her to get on stage to practice her moves.
‘Sorry it’s pathetic. OK this is so out of my comfort zone. God, this is day one. What the heck?’ she said.
‘I haven’t cried for ages about having cancer or my body or whatever. I could just feel these hot tears. This is so embarrassing, I’m going to cry in front of all these women.
Looking back on her breast cancer diagnosis, she recalled how she was sure that her time was up.
‘I thought, OK that’s it. I am probably going to die. I’m not going to see my boys grow up. I’m not going to get old with Mark.’
However, after a mastectomy and reconstruction, chemo and radiotherapy, she is now cancer free.
She added: ‘I’m one of the luckiest women around for still being here. I know that’s not the same for everyone.’
The women also stripped off for a Calendar-girls style photoshoot to help them feel more comfortable about stripping off on stage.
And Victoria told the photographer off for asking her to hold the cakes protecting her modesty in a different position to make her breasts look more even.
‘That’s the whole point. One is real and one isn’t,’ she said.
However, she admitted to feeling nervous about stripping off and feeling insecure about how she looked.
She revealed she was thinking: ‘My breasts, there’s only one of them. One is artificial. Then you go, don’t be ridiculous. You swear a bit and get on with it.’
After turning away from the crowd, the women removed their bras and covered themselves with the feathers before turning back to the face the audience
The women later all removed the fans to reveal their chests to the crowd, which was filmed from behind, before they gathered into a group embrace
Viewers said the display made them ‘proud to be women’ with the cause touching a personal note with many at home
This is the moment the stars removed their tops at the end of the racy routine before covering themselves with the fans
Ruth Madoc, left, and Coleen Nolan, right, were among the stars on stage last night at the charity event
The breast cancer survivor during a fitting for her performance costume, created by a designer who has made costumes for Strictly
Victoria Derbyshire’s battle with cancer
Victoria Derbyshire, 49, was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in July 2015.
The lobular form of the disease is where cancerous cells start to grow within the breast’s lobules (milk-producing glands) and then spread into the surrounding tissue.
It accounts for one in ten diagnoses of breast cancer and is most common in women aged between 45 and 55.
Tumours do not always form as a firm lump, making it difficult to diagnose.
The presenter was getting ready for bed on a Sunday night when she noticed one breast was lower than the other and her nipple was inverted.
She booked an appointment with her GP after googling the symptom and that Friday she was told she had a malignant tumour.
Unlike in other forms of the disease, surgery is performed first to remove the cancerous cells.
She then underwent a mastectomy on September 24 at Ashford Hospital in Surrey.
Just hours after her mastectomy operation, the BBC presenter recorded a video from her hospital bed to show the side of her removed right breast.
After receiving results from the tissue removed from her during the operation, she was told she needed chemotherapy and the radiotherapy to prevent the cancer from spreading and to try and prevent it from returning.
She had six sessions of chemo and 30 of radiotherapy and completed her treatment in May 2016.
She will have to take the drug tamoxifen daily for the next five to 10 years to try to stop the cancer from returning.
The presenter recorded a video diary charting her surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy