Mr Pixels

The name may not be familiar, but you will most certainly recognise him, since Colin Samsung is easily the most well-known person on TV. And the secret to being - paradoxically - both the most famous and simultaneously the most anonymous person in the public eye? Simply this - Colin is the only man known to science to have been born with a pixelated face.

Colin's extraordinary visage has led to a huge demand for his services. Known in the industry as 'Mr Pixels', he has performed in innumerable TV news stories, fly-on-the-wall documentaries and reality shows. But his unique appearance has also resulted in some real life difficulties.

"I'm used to getting some funny looks when I'm out and about," Colin tells us. "At first, whenever they saw me, folks would start looking around for hidden cameras. Most people in my neighbourhood are cool about it right now, but I still have a hard time whenever I have to renew my passport or driving licence, because they keep rejecting the photo.

"Professionally it's been a problem, as well. Oh, I realise that my face has been my bread and butter, and as an actor I am rarely out of work, but there are jobs that I'm just never going to get. For instance, I auditioned for the RSC but they turned me down because, with the exception of Titus Andronicus, there are no pixelated characters in Shakespeare. Although, to be fair, Malvolio is a bit blurred around the edges."

That said, Colin admits that he has had some fun with his appearance. "Nobody can photobomb quite like I can," he tells us. "And I do enjoy sitting for portrait artists, just to give them a hard time. But my greatest joy is taking mirrors back to shops and claiming that they're faulty. It's astonishing to see how people are able to become so confused, so quickly."

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