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College worker's 100 days as the First Clone

PUBLISHED: 16:23 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 23 August 2010

THE BEST LOOK-A-LIKE BAR NONE: Christian Dixon

THE BEST LOOK-A-LIKE BAR NONE: Christian Dixon

AS US President Barack Obama reaches a landmark 100 days in office, we catch up with our very own Lookalike... During the Democratic party leader s swift rise to power last year, Christian Dixon, a Care Assistant at North West Kent College (NWKC), soon r

AS US President Barack Obama reaches a landmark 100 days in office, we catch up with our very own Lookalike...

During the Democratic party leader's swift rise to power last year, Christian Dixon, a Care Assistant at North West Kent College (NWKC), soon realised he has a striking resemblance to the charismatic man of the moment.

As reported in the Reporter, he was signed by look-a-like agency Susan Scott and has been a sensational hit with staff and students at the college since we revealed his resemblance to the American leader.

NWKC is holding a Britain's Got Talent spin off, to culminate in October, which Mr Dixon is to compere and is also hosting the Oscar-themed student ball next Friday.

Clearly amused at his own success, Mr Dixon told us: "The whole thing has just taken off, all the kids at the college go mad for me now - if I've been driving round, I'll here them say, 'I saw him driving down the road to Gravesend!' It's absolutely mad.

"I'm going to forget that I'm actually called Christian Dixon soon if I'm not careful!"

To make up for being slightly thinner on top than President Obama, Mr Dixon now uses stick-on hair for a more genuine look. The 44-year-old said: "It's really funny, but it actually works, and if I catch myself in the mirror it's uncanny how much I look like him."

Although the college, based in Oakfield Lane, Dartford and Dering Way, Gravesend, has created a lot of work for Mr Dixon since his newfound status, agency work is not as frequent.

Mr Dixon, from Walderslade, added: "With the credit crunch there are not so many parties and events, so there is less need for look-a-like appearances. It's a shame, but I'm hoping if things pick up a bit, they'll be a bit of work around Independence Day."

Remarkably, NWKC's Dartford campus even has its own White House - or K Block to give it its official name.

Staff and students came up with the nickname for the building, which dates back to 1895 and is the only building that will remain after the college is renovated.

Mr Dixon said: "It's funny - I'm 44 and Obama is the 44th president of America - and we've got the White House at the college - it's like it was meant to be!"

elizabeth.thornton

@archant.co.uk

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