Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood age, net worth, and girlfriend

28 August 2018, 15:04 | Updated: 28 August 2018, 15:24

Paul Hollywood Great British Bake Off

With the new series of GBBO ready to go, find out everything you need to know about judge Paul Hollywood.

 It's time once again for soggy bottoms and awe-inspiring cakes, and original judge Paul Hollywood will be back for 2018.

The boss of bakes will be joining Prue Leith in sampling the contestants' entries, alongside hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

Ahead of this freshly-baked season, which starts tonight at 8pm, we've got everything you need to know about the silver fox himself.

Paul Hollywood is 52, and was born on 1 March 1966.

He wasn't always planning on going into baking, starting out studying sculpture at Wallasey School of Art.

However, he later joined his father's company, Bread Winner, later progressing into pattiserie at The Dorchester and The Cliveden Hotel.

Hollywood moved to Cyprus for a few years, working at various resorts, before his TV career really took off thanks to The Great British Bake Off.

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Great British Bake Off hosts and judges

Et tu Hollywood? Paul and his former Bake Off team (Picture: Getty)

Paul Hollywood net worth

As mentioned, he's the only original judge on the show (starting in 2010) and created his own Hollywood Handshake - the ultimate seal of approval for the hopeful bakers.

The Sun reported that Hollywood is worth a whopping £10 million, and has just purchased a £1.45 million mansion.

As well as his lucrative media work, he's branched into the world of motor racing, driving competitively at Le Mans and Silverstone.

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Is Paul Hollywood married?

In one of the biggest showbiz dramas of last year, Paul Hollywood announced he was splitting from his wife, Alex, of 20 years.

The pair had originally met in Cyprus where Alex was working as a scuba diving instructor. They married in 1998 and had a son in 2001.

Paul Hollywood and ex wife Alex

Paul and his ex wife Alex (Picture: Getty)

Reports surfaced in 2013 that Paul had had a relationship with American Baking Competition co-host Marcela Valladolid, but it wasn't until November 2017 that the couple revealed they were divorcing.

Later that month a photograph of Hollywood and previous Bake Off contestant seemingly sharing a kiss hit the headlines, although both denied that it was anything more than a friendly peck.

More recently, it has been alleged that Paul is in a relationship with 23-year-old barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam

The two were pictured together on a yacht in Mauritius, and Summer has apparently quit her job at the Kent pub where she struck up a friendship with Hollywood.

Watch the new GBBO trailer here.