I’ve wondered ever since I saw it if the two main old people (the lady and the man) in the video for Basement Jaxx’s "Oh My Gosh" are actually old or if they’re younger people in ageing makeup?

They move like young people! The supporting old people are obviously real.


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The woman who personates the singing old black woman is Vula Malinga, who is the actual lead singer of the song.

Vula Malinga from her twitter account

She was born in 1980, so she was 25 years old when the song was released, so yes she is disguised as an old woman.

I did not find anything about the old man, and he looks real to me.

EDIT: From an interview of Felix Buxton Leicester Mercury in April 2005:

Felix is up for a natter about their latest track. Or more specifically, the video. ( . . .)

“The video for Oh My Gosh is brilliant. The singer, Vula Malinga, she’s a real little actress. We told her it was going to be a love story in an old people’s home. And she thought she was going to be given something glamorous to wear. Then we handed her some old clothes and wrinkly tights.

“She was great. The man she was singing to took a real shine to her and phoned her about a week ago to ask if she wanted to go out with him.
“I think she declined.”

Link archive.

As the old man is refered as "the man" by Felix Buxton, we can assume he is not famous.

Also, note that according to Wikipedia

One of the dancers of the video was Deanne Berry, the dancer and fitness guru that previously famous for making her appearance on the music video of Eric Prydz's "Call on Me". In the video, she dressed as an old lady.

  • It's possible that the featured old people are Vula Malinga and Skillah in old-person makeup. The picture you posted looks nothing like her from the song, but a ten year old picture I found looks like the old lady minus ageing makeup. Unfortunately, you haven't been able to find any definite references either, only Wikipedia which I'd already seen.
    – CJ Dennis
    Jan 2, 2017 at 13:33
  • That interview is a good find. I'd like to have more than speculation about the man though.
    – CJ Dennis
    Jan 4, 2017 at 12:29
  • @CJDennis, I think I did my best here, the man could be an unkown extra for the video, I didn't find any track of him. If it is still not good enogh for you, well... sorry and good luck ;-)
    – Bebs
    Jan 4, 2017 at 14:31

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