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Now if you ask me, his look is unique, but people on Twitter regularly insist that they have found Ciarán Hinds’ long lost twin brother. My original post on this topic dealt with certain well-known individuals who are regularly confused with Ciarán Hinds, such as Stephen Fry and the late, great Alan Rickman. The examples I have collected more recently involve fewer outright errors, and more claims of time travel, virtual twinhood, and unexpected new “projects” for Himself.

First of all, a little reminder of what he actually looks like, since many in the virtual world seem a bit vague on this point.

A recent gig–in the Douglas Henshall detective series “Shetland.”

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Further back in time: in the 1997 TV movie “Jane Eyre.” I grant that he looks slightly Rickmanesque in this photo. Just think of him as Edward “Severus” Rochester…

Let us begin with a couple of examples involving claims of a transgender Hinds. One Josep Julien on Twitter insisted that Mr. Hinds had taken over the role of Catalan Vice President and Spokeswoman Neus Munté:

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Yes, he did once play Lady Macbeth, and I often compare him to Cleopatra, but this is a bit of a stretch.

Then a German website rather cruelly suggested that if the role of Mance Rayder ever needs to be reprised, Anjelica Huston could easily take it on.

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“Celebrity Twins: As Alike as Two Peas in a Pod”??? Only in talent, my friends, only in talent.

I enjoyed this exchange in which two Sherlock Holmes fans note the resemblance between Mr. H. and an actor in a 1916 film starring William Gillette as Holmes. 

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The actor in question is playing a priest. Mr. H. has played a priest at least four times.

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Yes, I can see the resemblance in this pic, although frontally it is not as clear.

More than one viewer of Clive Owen in “The Knick” is convinced that the 51-year old English actor is metamorphosing into Ciarán Hinds. As if that were a bad thing.

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The metamorphosis has yet to occur. They look *nothing* alike. I will grant that both are hotties…

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At times, people seem absolutely mystified by Mr. Hinds’ appearance. The following question is not unusual:

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Because of those prominent cheekbones, some suspect Asian or Native American blood. But now, finally, the truth can be told…


On Pinterest, this “Vulcanized” image is credited to DBEEERS.

Oh no, not the Stephen Fry comparison again…

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Not that there is anything wrong with Stephen Fry. He’s adorable!

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It’s the wonky nose, maybe? And yes, both are nice.

Nathaniel Parker is often compared to Ciarán Hinds. I guess I can see the resemblance in a picture like this:


Image from Fanpop.

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Low-rent! Ouch, Nathaniel!

Nathaniel Parker

Parker as “Master Gracey” in the Disney flick “The Haunted Mansion” (2003).

I love it when people see Mr. H. in animated characters. This happens often. Last time around, we had Elrond from Ralph Bakshi’s LoTR movie, and Sam the Muppet Eagle.

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“Anomalisa” is Charlie Kaufman’s highly praised stop-motion animated film about a man named Michael and the woman he meets on a business trip. Michael was voiced by David Thewlis, and he looked like this:


Hmmm. Mr. H. isn’t *that* gray. And, gods be thanked, he never wears a bow tie.

Some see nebbishy Michael. Others see… KING VARIAN! He’s a character from the video game World of Warcraft.

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I guarantee that King Varian never wears a bow tie.

Here’s an offbeat one:

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Ilya, you’re just going mental.


Actor R. Lee Ermy is best known as the sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket.”

Maybe it’s the Macho Badass/Bond Villain In Waiting thing? Mr. H. is regularly compared to Ian McShane, who also has the wicked good vibe.


Really, they don’t look alike. But they’re both in “Game of Thrones.”

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For Roland, McShane is to Hinds as Groucho is to Groucho! (Photo from the mirror scene in “Duck Soup.”)

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And Atlas seconds that emotion…

Another of the Usual Suspects is Alfred Molina:

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Hmmm. Could the “ice warrior guy” be Mance Rayder?


Al, the Daddy Warbucks look is SO not for you! (But you have a slightly wonky nose, which is very Hindsian.)

Here’s one that tickled me.

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He’s played an Austen hero, but not Darcy. Whom does Slow Agile have in mind? Colin Firth?


More likely Matthew McFadyen from the 2005 film.

I’m not sure who this fellow is, but the Twitterati really had me laughing.

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The Happy Couple.

Other wacky theories of family resemblance include this one:

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I sense a “Sherlock” theme developing…


No real resemblance. I think it must be the intense gaze…

Totally puzzled by this one:

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Sorry Jonny, you’re a hottie but you’re no Ciarán Hinds. That Tommy impression is *terrible*!

Mr. H. gets compared to politicians on a regular basis. For example, which of the following individuals on the US House Select Committee on Benghazi is actually Ciarán Hinds moonlighting as a right-wing member of Congress?


Let me simplify things. It’s one of the males.

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Bud Hammond, Democrat of North Carolina, and Mike Pompeo, Republican of Kansas: separated at birth? I can tell you that they have very different feelings about a certain former Secretary of State.

Here’s one that would make Mr. Hinds laugh: he is “perfect” for the role of Northern Irish Unionist firebrand Ian Paisley.

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Article from The Irish Times.


And Paisley himself… hmmm. The role actually went to Timothy Spall.

Estes Kefauver was a US Senator in the 1950s…

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Or was he actually a time-traveling Ciarán Hinds?

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Carl from “Munich,” one of my favorite roles.

Someone in Finland seems convinced that actor Matti Onnismaa looks just like Ciarán. 

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I just don’t see it, Ilya. But keep looking for him!

Even the proverbial Man on the Street, or in this case the Man in the General Post Office in Dublin, can be mistaken for Himself.

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Average Dubliner who bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Hinds. NOT.

And yet, he also resembles Clooney. Or rather, Clooney resembles him.

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When it comes to Roman generals, accept no substitutes.

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Hail Caesar!

In short, people see Ciarán Hinds everywhere they look. Maybe that is the essence and paradox of a great character actor’s face. It’s unique, yet universal.