Jamie Bell asks @JamieBell to sell his Twitter handle

A musician in Prince George, B.C., has been asked by the British actor made famous by the film Billy Elliot to sell his Twitter handle, @JamieBell.

Prince George's Jamie Bell mistaken for actor Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot fame

A Prince George man who shares the same name as a famous actor is getting a lot of attention on social media. Now, Jamie Bell has been asked by the actor to sell his Twitter name. (@1JamieBell/Twitter and @JamieBell/Twitter)

A B.C. man who shares the same name as a British actor has been getting a lot of attention on social media.

Years ago, a musician in Prince George named Jamie Bell took the Twitter handle @JamieBell.

The actor Jamie Bell, made famous with his starring role in the 2000 film Billy Elliot, signed up later and was forced to settle for @1JamieBell.

Prince George's Jamie says he frequently gets messages from fans who think he's the more-famous Jamie, who is also known as Tintin's voice in The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and one of the stars in the upcoming release The Fantastic Four.

"Every time he has a movie, or gets married, or has a kid or anything like that — I hear about," the Prince George man told CBC News.

And finally, last week, Bell received a message from the Billy Elliot star himself:

It was: "OK, how much do you want for it?"

B.C.'s Bell started thinking it over: Should he sell his Twitter name? And if so, for how much?

He ended up asking for advice on Facebook. 

"Some people have said 'keep it,' some people have said 'don't take any less than ten grand,' which just seems absolutely absurd to me," Bell told CBC News. "But a lot of people have said 'take money,' which is crazy!"

Bell hasn't decided yet if he'll give up his Twitter handle... or keep his famous name.

"I have no idea what to do. If I should keep it, or give it to him, or whatever: I have no idea," he said.

"The weird thing is, it doesn't matter to me at all. It's obviously much more valuable for him to have it, especially with Fantastic Four coming out."

Tell us what you think in the comments below. 

Should B.C.'s Jamie Bell sell his @JamieBell Twitter handle?

If so, for how much? Would you sell yours?

With files from the CBC's Marissa Harvey


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.