Celebrities and Their Historical Lookalikes

It must be a struggle for teachers to keep history fun and interesting for children these days, but have they ever thought of likening them to their favourite celebrities? It would seem there are a surprisingly large amount of historical doppelgangers to choose from…

1. Damien Lewis – Henry VIII.

Unlike his preceding reputation of greed and gluttony, the young Henry VIII was quite the charming fellow don’t you know? And that is why there was no better person to play him in Wolf Hall than our favourite handsome red-head, Damien Lewis.

Damien Lewis Henry VIII

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2. Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth I.

Another favourite red-head from the history books, Elizabeth I was known for her strength under adversity and therefore a perfect match to be played by her doppelganger Cate Blanchett in the movie Elizabeth.

Cate Blanchett Elizabeth

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3. Chuck Norris – Vincent Van Gogh.

Who in the world could have predicted that the world’s favourite American martial artist Chuck Norris would turn out to be an exact likeness for Vincent Van Gogh, who lived more than 100 prior to him? But the proof is in the pudding:

Chuck Norris Van Gogh

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4. Stephen Fry – Oscar Wilde.

I’m sure Stephen Fry would be the first to take it as a compliment that he is an exact ringer for Oscar Wilde. After all, it would appear that he has based his life around the literary legend, even playing him in the 1997 film Wilde.

Stephen Fry Oscar Wilde

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5. Florence Welch – Joan of Arc.

Florence, you didn’t tell us you were Joan of Arc in a previous life? With the legendary fighting and leadership skills that Joan is synonymous with, on top of your incredible music talents, you could probably rule the world pretty comfortably, I’d say.

Florence and The Machine Joan of Arc

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6. Zach Galifianakis – Louis Vuitton.

Considering there was a widely publicised dispute between Louis Vuitton and Warner Bros about the bag that Zach’s character, Alan, carries in The Hangover Part II, it is pretty ironic that Zach looks exactly like the company’s founder and namesake.

Zac Galifianakis Louis Vuitton

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7. Ellen Degeneres – Henry David Thoreau.

You’ve got to see this one to believe it but the American TV presenter Ellen Degeneres and world-famous author Henry David Thoreau have exactly the same eyes. It’s actually pretty terrifying if you ask me.

Ellen Degeneres and Henry David Thoreau

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8. Glenn Close – George Washington (!)

Wow. Just wow. There really aren’t many words I can use to describe the unbelievable likeness between actress Glenn Close and world-famous pioneer George Washington. I mean, just look for yourselves…

Glenn Close George Washington

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9. Justin Timberlake.

When it comes to serious expressions, Justin Timberlake couldn’t look more like his anonymous face twin from the 1900s.

Justin Timberlake Historical Lookalike

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10. Nicholas Cage.

It would appear that if you have long enough to look around on the Internet, there are countless pictures from the 1900s that resemble Nicholas Cage. Yes, comparing his face with historical photos is actually a ‘thing’. Perhaps his descendants were one of the first settlers in America, I don’t know? Either way this one has got to be our favourite.

Nicholas Cage Historical Lookalike

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