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This Teenage Benedict Cumberbatch Became an Instagram Superstar

Tyler Michell Teenlock

Are we sure they’re not related?

Tyler Michell, an English teenager who bares an uncanny resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch, has become a massive Instagram star thanks to Chinese Sherlock fans.

The 16-year-old Norwich-native has garnered more than 20,000 Instagram followers since some Sherlock enthusiasts in China stumbled upon his Instagram account last year.

Apparently the resemblance is so strong, that fans have stopped on the streets of his hometown and asked about his upcoming films or sympathize with him about his best actor Oscar loss to Eddie Redmayne.

"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," Michell told the UK's The Telegraph. "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 U.K., which is crazy as I'm just a teenage boy sitting at home."

"A couple of people have suggested me being a 'Teenlock' -- a young version of the detective," he shared. "I'd love that but I don't think it will happen."

[h/t Uproxx]

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