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Meet Rozi Khan, the 'GoT' doppelganger

AFP
Published : Mar 23, 2019, 9:29 pm IST
Updated : Mar 23, 2019, 9:29 pm IST

Here’s all you need to know about the 25-year-old Pakistani waiter, who found fame due to his remarkable resemblance to Peter Dinklage.

Side-by-side photgraphs of Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan and US actor Peter Dinklage have unsurprisingly made their way onto social media. (Photo: AFP)
 Side-by-side photgraphs of Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan and US actor Peter Dinklage have unsurprisingly made their way onto social media. (Photo: AFP)

Rawalpindi (Pakistan): Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan had never heard of the Game of Thrones, or its hugely popular character Tyrion Lannister, until his striking resemblance to the dwarf anti-hero got heads turning at home.

The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter Dinklage, who has played the witty and wily nobleman since the hit series' first season in 2010, that he gets regularly stopped by strangers desperate for a picture. "I don't mind. A lot of my pictures have been taken, that's why I have become very famous everywhere," he said.

 

Not only are Khan and Dinklage's faces strikingly similar, they are also the same height at around 135 cms (4 ft 5in). Photographs of the pair have unsurprisingly made their way onto social media showing the doppelgangers side-by-side.

Khan works at a small Kashmiri restaurant down a narrow line in Rawalpindi. (Photo: AFP)Khan works at a small Kashmiri restaurant down a narrow line in Rawalpindi. (Photo: AFP)

"Wherever I go, someone says to me, 'Sir, who is this man with you on Facebook', I say that he is my friend. 'He looks like you'. I tell them he is my brother. It's not a bad thing," said Khan. The television series has won 47 Emmys, more than any other fictional show in history, along with a Golden Globe for Dinklage, 49, for best supporting actor in 2012.

 

A much anticipated final season of the series is set to premiere on April 17. Khan works at a small Kashmiri restaurant down a narrow line in Rawalpindi, serving customers hearty dishes such as mutton and spinach curries.

Owner Malik Aslam Pervez described him as a hard-worker and also a drawcard for the eatery. "When he takes a day off or gets sick, people look for him and ask where did he go? They get upset. They love him. There is always a crowd here but it has boomed because of him," he said.

Born in Mansehra in northern Pakistan, Khan says he would love to meet Dinklage someday, describing him as a friend and brother. “I love him very much, he is my friend... he is my height so I like him a lot," said Khan. For customers, seeing Tyrion Lannister in the flesh is also a thrill.

 

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