Martin Henderson Actor
January 16, 2012 by staff
American actor Peter Dinklage ended his Golden Globes acceptance speech by mentioning Martin Henderson, and the humble suggestion to “Google him”.
The 37-year-old from Somerset soon became a trending topic on Twitter and those who searched him online found his heartbreaking story.
The aspiring actor was left in a wheelchair after being picked up and dropped by a drunken rugby fan while celebrating his birthday.
Martin Henderson, from Milborne Port, was in the White Horse pub, in Wincanton, celebrating with a group of friends when he was attacked outside.
The incident happened just weeks after reports in the media claimed members of the England rugby team, including Mike Tindall, had been enjoying a “dwarf throwing contest” in a bar in New Zealand during their ill-fated World Cup campaign.
While Mr Henderson’s friends were playing pool he said he went outside for a cigarette and was targeted on October 7 last year.
After landing hard on the ground he said his back and legs began to feel numb. It has since been revealed he has suffered tissue damage in his back.
“We were having a good night out to celebrate my birthday,” Mr Henderson told the Western Gazette last week.
“I went outside for a cigarette and the next thing I know I’m suddenly in the air and someone has got hold of me.”
The 37-year-old said he believed there was only one person involved in the incident.
“I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small,” he added.
Avon and Somerset Police are now investigating the incident.
Dinklage won best supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries or movie for his performance in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones. He earlier won an Emmy for the role.
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