However, the Martin Henderson Dinklage was referring to was a 37-year-old man from Somerset, who, late last year, was left crippled after being the victim of a dwarf tossing incident.

Henderson, from Milborne Port, was in Wincanton, was partying with friends when he was attacked outside the White Horse pub.

The attack happened only weeks after media reports of the England rugby team enjoyed a “dwarf throwing contest” in a bar in Queenstown, New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup.

Henderson said soon after landing hard on the ground, his leg and back began to feel numb. Medical examination has revealed  tissue damage in his back.

“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,” he said.

“I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small.”

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.

Within minutes of Dinklage’s shout-out, ‘Martin Henderson’ was a trending topic on Twitter and the actions towards him soon generated widespread condemnation.

@politicsis life tweeted: “Thanks Peter Dinklage…for directing us to story of Martin Henderson, reminding everyone is a classy way that bullying needs to be stopped”

@Extremeskidude wrote: “Dwarf toss victim Martin Henderson. The police need to arrest the coward who committed this horrible crime.”

@RebeccaVaight sent this comment live: “Ok how sick can people be. Peter Dinklage bravo for mentioning it.”

Avon and Somerset Police are currently investigating the incident.