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Star Wars fanatic who changed his name to Han Solo now struggles to get a passport

Dominic Kimberley changed his name to Han Solo in 2008. Photo: SWNS

A Star Wars fan who changed his name to Han Solo has revealed his struggle to get a passport.

Dominic Kimberley, 35, adopted the name of his favourite character from the famous trilogy in 2008.

Despite managing to get his new intergalactic name on the back of bank cards and statements, he has been unable to get a passport as his new name is based on a fictional character.

It cost the 35-year-old just £12 to change his name by deed poll. Credit: SWNS

The 35-year-old, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, is now worried that he is travelling abroad illegally with his old passport featuring his previous name, and fears he could be arrested.

“I had booked a holiday to Thailand so sent my passport off with the deed poll letter and they sent it back saying I couldn’t change it because it was a fictional character," Solo said.

“I rang them and was on the phone for hours going from manager to manager but nobody would sort it out for me.

Mr Solo's passport application was turned down because he has a fictional name. Credit: SWNS

“I said to them what about Harry Potter or James Bond but they just said it was a point-blank no.

“I went but I’m not sure if I was breaking the law or not by using two names. I’m worried I could get banged up abroad in the future and I’m wary about trying to travel again.”

Solo says he has been a fan of the films since he was four-years-old. Credit: SWNS

Mr Solo admits it took his mum and family members time to get used to his new name.

“My mum said ‘you’ve gone a galaxy too far this time’. But she saw the funny side."

The 35-year-old says he makes quite an impression every time he introduces himself as Han Solo in the bank.

Harrison Ford (far right) played Han Solo in the trilogy. Credit: PA Wire

Han, who is currently single, insists any future Princess Leia would have to become Mrs Solo, and he has not ruled out giving his future children Star Wars-inspired names.

“If I had a boy I would definitely call him Lando but I haven’t thought of one for a girl yet.”

Mr Solo is now looking forward to the release of the next film, Star Wars Episode VII, which is due to hit cinemas in December 2015.

Production of the film was delayed last month, when Harrison Ford - who played the original Han Solo in the first three films - broke his ankle on set.