Boris lookalike fears attack over Brexit
Recent events have made it difficult for doppelganger
A BORIS Johnson lookalike has barricaded himself into his home over fears he will be attacked due to tensions after Brexit.
Scared Drew Galdron has been working as a Boris double since 2007, but is worried after the country turned on the Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP for pulling out of the Prime Minister position.
The doppleganger told The Daily Star: “In the past few weeks I’ve become very concerned about drawing attention to myself.
“I’m honestly worried to leave the house as I’m scared of what people could do.
“I have to think twice every time I want to go out as I can’t always expect the public to be respectful.”
The 33-year-old added: “I’m used to people yelling things at me and trying to take pictures, but at the minute I’m worried something more serious could happen.
“I have a history of mental illness and agoraphobia and sadly recent events have made it worse.”
The lookalike said Boris’s exit from the Tory leadership race could also hit him in the pocket, as popularity could wane for his London-based street act – Boris Blowing Bubbles.
Galdron was keen to distance himself from the politician, who has been branded a ‘fallen hero’ by EU president Jean-Claude Juncker over his leadership of the Brexit campaign, which unseated his rival, prime minister David Cameron.
Drew said: “The similarities stop at our looks though. I like his personality, but I don’t agree with his politics.
“People joke around and ask if I’m his love child. I say, ‘No, I’m his conscience’.
“I couldn’t believe it when he said he wouldn’t run for Tory leader.
“If he had it would have been a great little money earner for me.
“It is my only job at the moment, so of course I want to make money. But at the same time there was a sense of relief.”
Drew said passers-by had hurled abuse at him before, but he is fearing harsher treatment in the current politicallycharged environment. Luckily there hasn’t been anything terrible, but I’m not very thick-skinned,” he said.
“I get people muttering things under their breath when they walk past me, which is upsetting.
“If I’m dressed up as him I sort of expect it. But I hate it when I’m trying to go about my daily business and people start taking pictures of me.
“It’s not even subtle – it’s really blatant and they’ll come over and stick a camera in my face.
“On another occasion I was filming a documentary and a homeless man started hurling abuse at me.”
The fearful street entertainer has even had a T-shirt made up which reads “I Am Not Boris”, to help ward off any unwanted attention.
He gave the real Boris a shock when the mirror images came face-to-face in 2009. Boris held a mayor’s reception for London Pride which Drew attended, but was left speechless when they were introduced.
Drew said: “I was dressed as me, not Boris, but I was wearing a T-shirt that said ‘Magical Mayor of London’.
“It was a boiling hot day and I was a puddle of sweat. I stepped out of the lift and there he was.
“He stared straight at me and looked pretty shocked. He asked me how I was but looked like he had seen a ghost.”