The imitation game: 16-year-old becomes internet star because he looks like Benedict Cumberbatch
Forget The Imitation Game, 16-year-old Tyler Michell is a doppelgänger for Oscar loser Benedict Cumberbatch.
The 16-year-old has more than 16,000 followers of followers on Instagram and often gets over 4000 comments on his Cumberbatch-themed selfies – and has now even had strangers comfort him over missing out on a Best Actor gong to Eddie Redmayne.
Tyler said: “I was shocked Benedict didn’t win.
“This might be biased but I thought he was the best nomination.
“Even though he lost, it hasn’t stopped the attention I get.
“I still get inundated with people messaging me on social media saying I look like him or that they love my work.”
Over the past few months Tyler has gone from just an ordinary boy to a pin-up for girls from as far away as Russia and The Philippines.
Even closer to home he gets stopped in the street in his hometown of Norwich, Norfolk, and quizzed on his latest movies.
Tyler said: “It started out as a joke – my close friends and family would tease me and say I looked like Benedict Cumberbatch.
“I guess I look like him a little – but I really didn’t take it seriously.
“Then people would come up to me at school and say ‘Wow you really look like Sherlock.’
“Suddenly people started adding me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and I got more and more friends and followers.
“Now people are messaging me and saying I should have won the Oscar.
“I get girls from Brazil saying the want to meet me in the UK which is crazy as I’m just a teenage boy sitting at home.
“In honesty I don’t really see the similarity. I’m a huge fan of Benedict, but I don’t think I look like him.”
Accommodating Tyler tells fans who stop him he’s not Oscar flop Cumberbatch, but happily offers them his signature instead.
“A couple of people have suggested me being a ‘Teenlock’ – a young version of the detective. I’d love that but I don’t think it will happen,” he added.
Mum Nicola Alderton said: “When one of his friends pointed it out we were gobsmacked.
“It could be quite surreal having a Hollywood superstar lookalike in the house, but he’s just our Tyler,” she added.