Theatre and TV star Matthew Kelly is back in high heels this Christmas as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella.

He gave an acclaimed performance of Widow Twankey alongside Jo Brand is last year's Wimbledon panto, Aladdin.

Now he's returning to the New Wimbledon Theatre along with son Matthew Rixon, who together make a hilarious Ugly Sisters 'X Factor' duo as Cheryl (Fernandez-Versini) and Mel (B).

Where else can you see Wayne Sleep in a 'twerk-sandwich' between the two Ugly Sisters, Prince Charming doing a mock-take of a Sam Smith ballad and Matthew Kelly dressed up as Moet Champagne on ice?

Louisa Clarence-Smith catches up with Kelly in between rehearsals.

Where are you now and what can you see ?

I am sat in my dressing room looking at a rack of frocks and seven different wigs. On my dressing table there are eye-lashes, hair spray and a range of make-up!

You play one of the ugly sisters. Why do you think you were chosen for the role?

Well I was in Aladdin last year and it was a really successful show. My son was also in the production last year and we were both asked back to play sisters as we are identical!

How do you get yourself into character?

I’m always in character!

You starred in Aladdin last year at the New Wimbledon Theatre. What keeps drawing you back?

I love the theatre and the pantos in Wimbledon are the best in London! They are always funny, lavish, spectacular with fantastic music and a great cast. They also have the best transformations you have ever seen!

Do you have a theory about what makes a successful panto?

Panto has to have a good heart and spirit which goes beyond the footlights. You have to have a company that love what they do and work well together as this will transfer to the audience.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened in rehearsals so far?

Everything that happens in rehearsals is funny and there is a laugh a minute on and off-stage when you are with Tim Vine, he is hilarious!

What’s it like working alongside Dallas star Linda Gray?

Linda is the nicest person in the world! She works hard and is extremely kind. She has never seen a panto before but she has learnt how to do it by listening, watching and learning in rehearsals. She has mastered the craft quickly and I would work with her again in a heartbeat!

Cinderella; New Wimbledon Theatre; until January 11; £11.90 to £37.90;