Cillian Murphy has a doppelganger and the resemblance is uncanny

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A gardener looks so much like Peaky Blinders’ Tommy Shelby – played by actor Cillian Murphy – that people are apparently ‘screaming’ when they spot him in bars.

Scott Blower said that when the show was first released in 2013, he had no idea who people were referring to when they stopped to tell him about the resemblance between the pair.

However, by the time the show became big, Scott started getting offered freebies on holidays in Marbella, thanks to his doppelganger.

Scott admits that he looks so much like the actor that he could walk out of a bar with a different woman every night – but always tells them he’s not the Peaky Blinders star. Fans are also left disappointed when he reveals that he has a girlfriend, named Nicola Stones.

The 47-year-old has now landed a job at a Peaky Blinders-themed bar, where he is paid to wander around in full 20s attire and pretends to be the flat cap-wearing Tommy Shelby.

What’s even more uncanny is that Scott’s grandmother is from the same small town in Cork, Ireland, that Cillian Murphy was born in.

Scott from Sale in Greater Manchester said: ‘[When it first started a few years ago] big fans of his would come up to me, in a bar or something, and say you look like Cillian Murphy, and I’d never even heard of him.

‘Then when we went to Marbella, it was when Peaky Blinders was out, I was just getting mobbed. Even on the plane people thought it was him going away with his friends, so it was crazy.

‘My mates loved it because we could get free beds – you know how they charge for beds and things like that over there? – so my mates would lap it up.

‘I never feel tempted to act like I am actually him. I would never do that. I usually just tell them. Even when I’m out shopping with my kids, I get stopped and I’ll say I’m not him.

‘This is blokes as well – blokes run over. I say “listen I’m not him” and they say “oh yeah” and I have to get my phone out and show them my Instagram page.’

Scott said: ‘I was single when I started it and I could have walked out the bar or an event every week with a different woman but I’m not like that. I’m glad I met Nicola now and she’s accepting it so it’s all fine.

‘Obviously she does get a bit jealous, but she’s not too fussed. She used to be a rep when she was younger so she knows all that fussing is just your job.

‘She agrees I look like Cillian Murphy – I think that’s why she likes me.’

The couple met by chance in April, when Nicola ended up in the Peaky Blinders bar after another event she was going to was cancelled.

She had pictures taken with Scott posing in his lookalike role and the pair hit it off.

Nicola, from Urmston, Greater Manchester, said: ‘I was astonished at how much of a similarity there was. I was pretty drunk as well so it was even more so and I was like “wow”, but I knew it wasn’t him.

‘I was definitely attracted to Cillian Murphy before I met Scott – I think everyone woman is.

‘I don’t think of him as Tommy Shelby, I think of him as Scott my boyfriend. But when we see Cillian Murphy on TV it’s quite funny.’

With his work at the Peaky Blinders-themed bar in Manchester and with the fifth series just around the corner, Scott said he is now getting asked to do gigs almost every weekend.

Scott said: ‘The gigs are getting better and better.

‘The first one I did was a 1920s ball so I turned up there and got mobbed. It’s not like Beatles-mobbing but even at the bar [Peaky Blinders Manchester] it’s crazy.

‘When I see [Cillian Murphy] on TV it is weird. From certain angles, it’s just like looking at me. Obviously we’re not identical but it is freaky.

‘I can’t do a Brummie accent. I’ve tried.

‘I keep getting asked to do filming for things like parodies. Everyone says “you’ve got the same tone, you just need to do the Brummie accent and you’ll smash it”.

‘One of the three guys I [work at Peaky Blinders Manchester with]sounds like Alfie Solomons so he does all the talking and it’s just a bit of a laugh.

‘Friends and family just think it’s great.’

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