THE Circle fans were shocked by the show’s launch this evening, taking to social media to point out contestant Tim’s uncanny resemblance to late actor Robin Williams.
The 58-year-old professor looks so strikingly similar to the tragic star that Robin Williams was trending on Twitter in the UK as fans flocked to make the comparison.
The Channel 4 game show, hosted by Emma Willis, sees contestants take on any character they like as they communicate via messaging only with the other hopefuls in a bid to win £100,000.
It returned to our screens tonight, and Tim was the first to enter The Circle – and is the oldest ever contestant to take part.
Although he is able to take on any personality that he desires, Tim has decided to stick with his true identity as he settled into his new home with his pet cat.
Tim has lived a varied life, spending time as a monk before becoming a theatre designer and director, teacher, and even a goat-herder in Greece.
Interestingly, he described his personality as a mix between “Santa and Mrs. Doubtfire” – with viewers at home needing no convincing to see the latter, which is one of Robin’s most famous roles.
In fact, fans stormed Twitter to point out how much Tim looks like beloved Hollywood actor Robin, who tragically took his own life in 2014.
One wrote: “Is Tim related to Robin Williams?”
Another added: “Is it Tim or is it Robin Williams?”
A third said: “Refusing to believe that Tim isn’t Robin Williams reincarnated.”
In a new twist, tonight’s launch show of The Circle saw TV presenter Richard Madeley also move into the apartment block – with viewers given the chance to vote on his alternate personality.
Although the star can not win the prize fund, he has been invited to take part in a bid to cause mischief among the actual contestants.
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He will take on the identity of either a young hunk called Richard or a 20-something beauty called Judy.
Richard isn’t the only famous name to have signed up to the programme, with Zoe Ball’s 18-year-old son with producer Fatboy Slim, Woody, also taking part – although he has opted to keep his heritage a secret.
Meanwhile, Emma Willis has replaced Maya Jama and Alice Levine as the host of the second series of the show, which first hit our screens last year.
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