Miss England 2019 hopeful is daughter of man who won Mr UK 1996

How about this for a model family – Olivia Cooke has made it to the Miss England final, 23 years after dad Phil was crowned Mr UK.

The 21-year-old professional golf coach heads to Newcastle next month for the contest.

Olivia said: “I feel really proud to be following in my dad’s footsteps, but I never thought I’d get this far, so soon.

“Golf is my real passion but after everything Dad achieved I wondered if modelling might be an option, too, one day.

“So I’m just really excited to be part of the final.

“I have always wanted to do it at some point because of my dad.

“From a young age I thought, I wonder if I could do what Dad did.

“My mum also did pageants when she was younger so I suppose I am following in both their footsteps.”

Phil, a London fireman who attended the Grenfell tragedy, won Mr UK in 1996.

He will travel to Newcastle with the rest of the family to cheer on his eldest daughter in the final.

She progressed after winning the semi-final last Sunday.

Phil said: “It’s pretty mad, she was only supposed to be giving it a dry run this year and now she is in the final.

“I am well proud. It has brought it all back for me. It changed my life and hopefully it can hers, too.”

Mum, Julie, 47, added: “I am proud of them both.”

Olivia, of West Malling, Kent, trained as a golf coach at the Lee Westwood academy in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The Miss England final takes place between July 31 and August 1.

The winner receives a holiday to Mauritius and a place in Miss World, which has a prize of £78,500.

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