33 Celebrity Look-Alikes From The Past That Are So Similar It’s Scary

Published December 13, 2018
Updated December 9, 2021

These celebrity look-alikes from the annals of history may have you wondering whether everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Eminem is actually immortal.

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33 Celebrity Look-Alikes From The Past That Are So Similar It’s Scary
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Whether we're talking about famous figures who helped shape our world or common people whose names are no longer even remembered, the internet has turned up a number of people who are dead ringers for modern-day celebrities.

Sometimes it's one feature, and sometimes it's a lot of features. Other times it's an expression, an attitude, or a detail you can't even really put your finger on. But either way, these photos might just make you wonder if some of your favorite celebrities are actually immortal time travelers.

And as if these photos of celebrity look-alikes themselves weren't spooky enough, there's also a spooky mythology behind the notion of doppelgängers. Ancient Norse and Finnish mythology, for example, are full of stories of people who showed up at prearranged appointments only to be told that they had already been there and left.

Needless to say, many cultures believed that running into your double was a bad sign. Tudor stories from 17th-century England even say that Queen Elizabeth I walked into her room one evening and saw herself lying on her bed, looking pale and weak. Shortly after that, she fell ill and died in that very bed.

Death Of Elizabeth I

Wikimedia CommonsThe Death of Elizabeth I, Queen of England by Paul Delaroche. 1828.

Though tales like these add a little chill to the idea of celebrity look-alikes and celebrity doppelgangers, logic tells us that there are simply a finite number of ways in which a human face can appear. Given the vast number of people who have walked the earth, there are bound to be some similarities.

When you find a photo of someone from the past, it's easy to compare them to people you see often — and celebrities' faces are everywhere all the time. So as more old photos hit the internet, instances of dead-ringer celebrity look-alikes will surely only increase.

After this gallery of celebrity look-alikes from the past, check out this collection of vintage mugshots and see if you can spot any more doppelgängers. Then, peruse these bizarre historical photos that prove just how strange the past really was.

Erin Kelly
An All That's Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she's designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Kelly, Erin. "33 Celebrity Look-Alikes From The Past That Are So Similar It’s Scary." AllThatsInteresting.com, December 13, 2018, https://allthatsinteresting.com/celebrity-look-alikes-history. Accessed June 23, 2024.