Twin-credible! Complete strangers with identical features are brought together for an experiment on doppelgangers

  • New Channel 4 documentary, Finding My Twin Stranger, airs next week
  • Brings together seven pairs of doppelgängers to meet face to face 
  • Programme stars identical 'twins' who are coincidentally both called Billy 
  • Also features Shannon Lonergan and Sara Nordstrom who met last year

A new show on 'twin strangers' will bring pairs of doppelgängers face-to-face for the first time as part of a pioneering experiment.

Finding My Twin Stranger, which airs next week on Channel 4, explores the bizarre phenomenon of people who have near-identical facial features despite not being related - and follows what happens when they meet.

It is thought that for every face, there are up to seven doppelgänger matches around the world - and in recent years, social media has helped to bring more of them together than ever before.

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The programme explores the strange phenomenon of people who have near-identical facial features despite not being related - and what happens when they meet

The phenomenon has also caught the attention of leading twin experts at the Department of Twin Research at St Thomas' Hospital, London. 

The team has been studying similarities between identical twins for years but now they're interested in seeing what they can learn from these non-related pairings.

In the hour-long documentary, cameras will follow the scientists and seven pairs of twin strangers as they meet, get to know each other and undergo tests to reveal which pair is the most identical doppelgängers.

The programme will star Shannon Lonergan, 21, from County Kerry, Ireland, who discovered her lookalike online on the website Twin Strangers after being contacted by Sara Nordstrom, 17, from Sweden. 

Shannon, left, and Sarah hit headlines last year after finding each other on a website called Twin Strangers, designed to bring doppelgängers from around the world together

Spot the difference! Neil and John who also star in the documentary have strikingly similar facial features despite not being related - and seeing them together, they're hard to tell apart

Ambrosia and Fiorella are among the total strangers who will be brought together as part of the experiment. The pair will get to know each other and undergo tests

The pair hit headlines thanks to their uncanny likeness after Shannon, a business student, signed up to the site over the summer.

Sara joined the site last month and after a couple of searches, she came across Shannon.

The pair then arranged to meet up in Dublin with Sara flying from Orebro, Sweden, where she goes to boarding school. 

Lucy Leveugle, commissioning editor for Factual Entertainment at Channel 4 said: 'With social networks meaning the world is effectively a smaller place, this programme documents and heightens the phenomenon that are twin strangers. 

 Puck and Sherry are among the 'twins' who will get to know each other and undergo tests to reveal which pair is the most identical doppelgängers

David said Darren come face-to-face for the new documentary which will follow the scientists and seven pairs of twin strangers as they meet for the first time

 Billy and Billy also star in the programme which sets out to 'prove that we are more alike than we know and shed light on how we perceive each other' according to producers

Seeing double! Rob and Coby are just one set of twin strangers who will be brought together on the show as scientists carry out tests to reveal which pair is the most identical

'With extraordinary visuals, it's a great play along too – spot the difference.'

Tayte Simpson, Director of Programmes and Executive Producer, Mentorn Media added: 'In a time of the selfie culture, people's curiosity with finding their doppelgänger has become a fascinating obsession. 

'With the experts at St. Thomas' Hospital we hope that The World's Most Identical Strangers will prove that we are more alike than we know and shed light on how we perceive each other.'

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