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Brian Cox: 'My namesake is the bane of my life'

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Feb 25, 2014 | 9:01am EST

Scottish actor Brian Cox hates sharing his name with a TV physicist as he is often mistakenly invited to events to talk about quantum mechanics. The Manhunter star is often confused with another Brian Cox, the former D:Ream rocker who is now best known for presenting science shows on British TV. Actor Cox admits the shared name often leads to confusion, telling Britain's The Guardian, "Professor Brian Cox is the bane of my life. He's a remarkable young man and does a remarkable job, but it is irritating to keep being confused with him: 'Can you come on TV and discuss quantum physics?'" The musician-turned-scientist has now reacted to the actor's comments, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "I'm the bane of his life! He should see the look on my face when I turn up and they expect me to play Hamlet!"

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