Fame looms for Obama look-alike
PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:27 23 August 2010
A MODEST college care worker has rocketed to fame owing to an uncanny resemblance to US President Barack Obama – and your Reporter found him.
A MODEST college care worker has rocketed to fame owing to an uncanny resemblance to US President Barack Obama - and your Reporter found him.
We discovered Obama look-alike Christian Dixon, a care assistant at North West Kent College, on the day of the American Presidents inauguration.
Since our article was published Mr Dixon has been swamped with offers for work from look-alike agencies.
The 44-year-old works at the Oakfield Lane campus, Dartford, and Dering Way campus, Gravesend, which even has its own White House.
Mr Dixon, from Walderslade, said: "It's all a bit surreal, but I am just trying to enjoy it. Of course, it's not going to last forever, so you've just got to enjoy it whilst it lasts!
"All I can say is, thank god there are no skeletons in my closet! I've always been fairly well behaved - as far as I can remember."
Mr Dixon attended a photoshoot for look-alike agency Susan Scott last Friday, with two other Obamas - and three Michelle Obama look-alikes posed with them.
London-based Susan Scott is one of the top look-a-like agencies in the UK.
Provided it does not affect his day job helping children with special needs, Mr Dixon said he will take any work that the agency offers him. But the college has nothing to worry about, Mr Dixon stressed, as he said he puts his jobs and the students above all else.
He added: "I take my job very seriously. I have got a good relationship with the kids here - they know me and are comfortable around me. I wouldn't leave. I am going to keep my feet firmly on the ground."
Since our article BBC south-east has interviewed Mr Dixon for radio and television last Wednesday and other papers are following his progress.
Mr Dixon said he has spent hours looking at footage of the charismatic leader to try and learn his expressions and mannerisms before the photoshoot.