Over the weekend, Lou Teasdale took to Instagram to share an adorable throwback of herself alongside her twin sister, Samantha. The photo had me suitably ‘aww-ing’ before I realised: ‘Hang on a minute, did I even know that she had a twin?’
And that got me thinking about all the other celebs who have secret siblings that they shared a womb with – we mean, there are plenty of famous twins around; Jedward, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Cheeky Girls… But what about the sets where one twin shuns the spotlight?
Here I count down twelve stars who you might not know had a twin sibling:
Caroline often shares adorable throwbacks from herself and twin sister Jody’s childhood over on her Instagram account, and absolutely loves having a twin. Cazza has previously said: “I’m very lucky to have a twin. We’re very close – we shared a bed until we were four and we were in the same class at school – but we’re quite different. She’s a mum with three beautiful children, so we have completely different lives, but we each enjoy the other’s life vicariously.”
It’s not just presenting that Olly and Caroline have in common, with Olly also being one half of a twin set. However, Ben and Olly famously fell out back when the singer took part in The X Factor, when Olly missed his brother’s wedding in order to appear in the live show.
Mo was separated from his twin for twelve long years when he moved from Somalia with his father aged eight. Thankfully the brothers managed to reunite when they got older.
Michael was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age and sadly had to undergo a heart transplant at thirteen, which is probably why Ashton is so protective of him. Michael previously revealed that Ash is pretty much the perf big brother, sharing: “Ashton never left my side. He showed me the love one brother has for another.”
Gisele’s sister might have her gorge looks but she has chosen to shy away from the camera, alongside the twins’ four other sisters.
Rupert battled with severe depression, but thankfully his famous brother was on hand to help with Rupert going on to overcome his illness and begin working for Mood Foundation – an organisation to support those suffering from mental illness.
We all know Sam Ronson’s famous big brother, Mark, but did you know that she has a twin called Charlotte? In fact, Charlotte is quite an established fashion designer – proving that superstardom runs in the Ronson family’s veins.
The Wanted’s Siva has an identical twin brother on top of six other siblings. Ooft, Christmas must be pricey… Siva’s fame thankfully doesn’t seem to faze Kumar, with the singer previously admitting: “He goes around saying to fans he’s me to fool them and they believe him every time. He gets people taking pictures of him in restaurants and everything.”
The Johansson twins both appeared in the film Manny & Lo aged 12, with Hunter eventually entering politics – now working for none other than actual Barack Obama.
YouTube definitely runs in the Chapman family – as well as his sisters running their own channel, vlogging sensation Jim also has a twin brother who co-runs The Lean Machines, posting exercise, diet, and lifestyle videos.
We all know that Aaron Carter has a famous Backstreet Boys’ brother, Nick, but did you know that he also has a twin? Angel was born just one minute after Aaron.
Lou found fame as One Direction’s hairstylist and make-up artist, becoming close buddies with the five-turned-foursome over the years. However, her non-identical twin sister, Sam, clearly got the knack for styling hair too and is co-owner of trendy hairdressers, BLEACH.