January 16th, 2012
08:01 AM ET
Peter Dinklage's work on HBO's acclaimed "Game of Thrones" earned him a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a TV series on Sunday, and the 42-year-old used the spotlight to raise awareness for a fellow thespian who's been injured in a random attack.
"I want to mention a gentleman I'm thinking about in England," Dinklage said at the end of his acceptance speech. "His name is Martin Henderson. Google him."
If you do, you'll find that Martin Henderson is a 37-year-old aspiring actor who was the victim of an October attack in which he was picked up and then thrown to the ground, the BBC reports.
Henderson, who is a dwarf, was celebrating his 37th birthday on October 7 when an assailant picked him up and dropped him from a height of about three feet outside of a pub in the U.K.
As a result of the attack, Henderson suffered damage to nerve tissue in his spine, and has since experienced numbness and a lack of strength in his back and legs, making walking difficult.
According to the Telegraph, doctors have told Henderson that he'll need a wheelchair for longer distances.
Henderson has said that he thinks the incident was inspired by a dwarf-throwing contest that players from England's rugby team attended at a bar in New Zealand over the summer.
"With the rugby one, the dwarf-throwing...the guy might have thought, let's try it out on him," Henderson told the BBC.
He added to the Daily Mail, "Every time I stand up I don't know if I'm going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won't get any acting jobs...I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small."
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