Paul Hollywood returns to The Great British Bake Off tonight. But how did he get famous, what is his net worth and who is he with?
Okay, we all love the cake contest and Paul’s role as a judge.
But he’s made some headlines about his love life since the show started in 2010.
Paul was there from the start.
So what’s its background?
How did Paul Hollywood become a baker?
Paul Hollywood was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, to bakery owner John Hollywood and mother Gillian.
After graduating from high school, he studied sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art, but left to work for his father’s “Bread Winner” bakery.
Paul worked at the chain’s headquarters in York and later left to set up his own business. (We’re sorry!)
He worked as a head baker in hotels such as The Dorchester and the Clivedon Hotel.
How did Paul end up on Bake Off?
Paul Hollywood’s first television appearance was on Carlton Food Network and Taste in 2002, when he co-hosted two television series with James Martin.
He ended up as a prominent baker on This Morning and then on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Paul also appeared as a guest on the BBC1 show Heaven and Earth.
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When the first series of The Great British Bake Off hit our screens in 2010 on BBC2, Paul became an instant household name.
Three years later, in 2013, Hollywood knocks on the door for Hollywood.
American television giant CBS wanted to emulate the success of Bake Off, including Paul as a juror.
However, it failed to achieve the same level of success and was canceled after just one series, and Paul returned to Blighty.
What else did Paul Hollywood perform on?
Paul’s popularity as a judge, once described as an “antidote to Simon Cowell’s Mr. Nasty,” has earned him a number of other television opportunities.
In 2013 he made two television series, Paul Hollywood’s Bread and Paul Hollywood’s Puds and Pies.
And he went on to do travel cooking shows and visited countries all over the world.
These included Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip and Hollywood’s City Bakes.
What is Paul Hollywood net worth?
Corresponding Celebrity fortune, Paul is worth £ 11.5 million.
Paul, 55, also reportedly owns approximately £ 8 million in assets in his company called HJP Media LLP.
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Then there is the avid racer’s expensive car collection, including a £ 135,000 Aston Martin DB9.
He lives in a £ 1.45 million mansion in Kent that sits on over 10 acres of land.
What happened in his love life?
Paul met his wife Alexandra while living in Cyprus.
Both worked in a five-star hotel in a beach resort, he as a baker and Alexandra as a diving instructor.
The couple married in a beach ceremony in 1998 and had a son, Josh, now 20.
After Paul became famous at GBBO, Paul had a brief affair with US bake-off co-host Marcela Valladolid in 2013.
Paul called it “the biggest mistake of my life” and convinced Alexandra to try her marriage again.
But it didn’t work out and the couple split for good in 2017.
Hello Magazine reported how she later said, “When you get married and have kids, it’s easy to lose yourself. I am not complaining because I was happy.
“But then someone else tears everything up and it wakes you up to who you are and what you have become and what sacrifices you have made.”
Alexandra wrote her own cookbooks under the name Alex Hollywood and spoke openly about her breakup with Paul.
Eyebrows raised when it was discovered that Paul Hollywood was dating Summer Monteys-Fullam very soon after they split.
They met in a pub he rented for Alex’s birthday in 2017, where Summer, then 22, worked as a barmaid.
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They split in 2019 after Paul Summer allegedly asked to sign an NDA (nondisclosure agreement).
Then, three months later, Paul met Melissa Spalding, who worked at The Checkers Inn in Kent.
Melissa reportedly lives with Paul at his Kent home.
When will The Great British Bake Off be on TV?
Meet the new 12 entrants and meet judges Paul, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas tonight at 8 p.m. every Tuesday.
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