Inside the celebrity-lookalike sperm bank where you can choose a donor that resembles your favourite star – but why you won't find a Brad Pitt or George Clooney baby-daddy

And thanks to one sperm donor clinic, this dream can now become a reality – well, almost.

These A-listers aren't selling their seed but instead, at the California Cryobank in LA, women can choose their sperm donor through a celebrity lookalike service.

The bank is one of the largest providers of donated sperm in the world – and one of the only clinics to offer such a service.

Traditionally, prospective parents chose their donor by height, weight, education and personality traits – but at this centre, it's possible to filter donors by the celebrities that the donors most look like, including Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and even Prince Harry.

At any time the company has around 500-600 anonymous donors who are each assigned two to three celebrities that they resemble to help clients imagine what they look like.

Sun Online visited the facilities in Los Angeles to see how it works.

A 'young' John Travolta and a 'thin' Jonah Hill

The sperm bank is set back from the road and looks like any other regular office from the outside.

Inside, hundreds of pictures of beaming babies adorn the walls.

In the warehouse underneath thousands of vials of sperm samples are kept cryogenically frozen in huge liquid nitrogen tanks – including hundreds of samples from celebrity lookalikes.

These are then shipped to fertility clinics around the world, including the UK, for as little as £700 a vial.

Customers can scroll through an A-Z of celebrities on the company's website which includes dozens of Hollywood heartthrobs – such as Bradley Cooper, Ashton Kutcher and Keanu Reeves – as well as lesser known stars.

Game of Thrones fans can choose from lookalikes of Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) or even Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen).

Those into martial arts can choose from Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris while action movie lovers can pick from Vin Diesel or Bruce Willis.

There's even a "young" John Travolta and a "thin" Jonah Hill.

Making the lookalike file

Scott Brown, vice president of communications for California Cryobank, told Sun Online that the demand for celeb lookalike donors has increased rapidly over the past few years.

“Back in 2009 we were trying to help clients by giving them an idea of what the donors look like based on celebrities," he says.

"It's the game that we all play – someone's walking down the street and we might say, 'Oh that person looks like this actor'.

"For our phone representatives it was always a challenge because you always have sort of a limited range of pop culture to refer to out of your head.

"So we started to identify lookalikes for each donor and that way we'd have a file on hand and when someone asked we could present that information and really speed the process along. 

“I worked with one client in particular who was a cancer patient and she was about to go in for surgery and chemotherapy.

“She was a young woman and decided she wanted to create embryos prior to going in for her treatment so she had a very tight window of opportunity and I was using these lists of donors to try and help her.

"She had lots of questions, we went back and forth, but ultimately when she finally made her decision, she really said that the list was a huge help.

"It was really an important part of the process to make the donors feel like real people.

"So I was really moved by the impact that had for her and I thought we should make this as widely available as possible and that was when we decided to actually bring it to our website and have links on the website that people could click on."

My celeb baby looks just like his dad

The client – Alice, 42, from Los Angeles – became one of the first people to use the lookalike service after being given just five days to pick a sperm donor for fertility preservation before her treatment began.

"I was diagnosed with cancer and everything happened so fast, it became a very useful part of the process to envision what my baby could look like as an adult," she told Sun Online.

"My donor's lookalikes were a 'young Oscar De La Hoya, Christopher Knight and Marlon Bedoya'.

"I did not go there and say 'I want my baby to look like me and such and such celebrity' but it helped because they showed me example features that strongly resembled my donor. In fact my son looks like Oscar had a baby with the other two!

"My son is now almost five and he has a similar shape face as Oscar and these big hazel eyes that are shaped more like Marlon's.

"It was very helpful and fun to look back to see the similarities.

"While not a perfect science, I found the process very humanising during a difficult time in my life.

"Next year, I'll be doing my second transfer for baby number two. I have five frozen embryos left with the same donor."

The Affleck effect

Scott said the firm makes it clear that there's no guarantee your baby will look like a celebrity as "even Matt Damon's baby might not look like Matt Damon". But the list has still proved popular.

He said Ben Affleck has consistently been one of the most popular choices – which he puts down to his combination of brown hair and brown eyes, which many people like.

"Ben Affleck was always popular from the beginning.

"It's really interesting what people are looking for and it's one of the reasons we have so many donors – because there's a wide range of preferences out there.

"Sometimes we'll have celebrities listed that aren't necessarily traditionally handsome – and that's because the donor doesn't look like a Hollywood leading man and we want to make sure you know what you're getting.

"And for some people that's important. I've had clients feel like our donors were supermen, they were too good. They would say 'he sounds too perfect – I just want a regular guy' so we want to make sure that we have that available as well."

California Cryobank keeps the sperm sample frozen in huge tanks that hold 20,000 specimens a piece – the liquid nitrogen keeps the samples into a state of "suspended animation" where they'll be just as good in 50 years time as the day they were frozen.

The company, which claims to have helped create 65,000 to 75,000 babies, then ships around 120 vials a day out to clinics or people's homes around world where they are then used for either IVF or IUI.

Each vial is enough for one insemination or IVF attempt and costs around $900 (£700).

On average, it takes around four attempts – so four vials – to conceive through artificial insemination.

How does IVF work?

There are six main stages of IVF:

Brits want celeb babies

Scott says the company ships sperm to Britain – where the celebrity lookalike service has also proved popular.

"We've been shipping to the UK for around a year and a half now and we've had dozens of clients there already," he said.

"And it's been long enough now that I've actually had babies born.

"So it's wonderful to find out from people that they actually had their child and they send us pictures and holiday cards and things like that. It's really fun."

The celeb stud process

Scott said it's a long process to qualify as a donor – and only around one percent of applicants make it through.

And while there is a huge number of celebrities to chose from – those wanting a Brad Pitt or George Clooney "baby" may be disappointed.

"They were the two celebrities we decided never to use," Scott explained.

"That was because those were the names that people always brought up.

"They were sort of the ideal masculine good-looking celebrities so we just decided from day one not to go there."

While fans of Pitt and Clooney might be disappointed and need to lower their standards, there are still hundreds of other A-listers they can turn to for baby-daddy inspiration.

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