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PAUL Hollywood is the baking and bread expert best known for putting contestants through their paces on The Great British Bake Off. After announcing his split from wife of almost 20 years Alex, now…

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PAUL Hollywood is the baking and bread expert best known for putting contestants through their paces on The Great British Bake Off.

After announcing his split from wife of almost 20 years Alex, now he's back with new series A Baker's Life – so what else do we know about the tartmaster?

 Paul Hollywood lines up alongside Noel Felding, Prue Leith and Sandi Toksvig.PA:Press Association Paul Hollywood lines up alongside Noel Felding, Prue Leith and Sandi Toksvig.

Who is Paul Hollywood?

The 51-year-old is a baker and best-selling author and was born in Wallasey in Cheshire.

His passion for food is certainly in his roots, as he was the son of bakery proprietor, John F. Hollywood.

Paul’s grandfather also had a similar occupation, as he worked as head baker at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.

When he’s not in the kitchen, car aficionado Hollywood enjoys taking part in motor racing.

The 5ft 7in baker competed in Le Mans in 2015, as well as winning first in class at the GT Cup with partner Johnny Adam.

Now he is starring in his own TV show on Channel 4, A Baker's Life, a spin-off from his latest book.

 Baking has run in the Hollywood family's blood for generationsNews Group Newspapers Ltd Baking has run in the Hollywood family's blood for generations

Have Paul and wife Alexandra split?

Paul Hollywood and his wife Alexandra announced news of their split on November 20, 2017: "It is with sadness that we have decided to separate.

"Our focus continues to be the happiness of our son, and we would ask the press and public to allow us privacy as a family during this very difficult time."

One insider told The Sun following news of the split: "The truth is they’ve worked really hard to salvage their relationship but just couldn’t recover from the damage that had been done.

“The more famous Paul has become, the more attention he has been getting, and that has put huge strain on the marriage."

Paul met his wife Alexandra in Cyprus in 1996 while she was working as a diving instructor at the five-star hotel where he was head baker.

They married in that country in 1998 and had a son in October 2001, called Josh.

Paul and Alexandra came close to divorcing in 2015 after reports spread that he'd been enjoying a romance with his American Baking Competition co-host Marcela Valladolid.

At the Pride of Britain Awards in London at the beginning of November 2017, Paul was pictured sharing an intimate kiss with ex-Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

Candice, 32, was also seen appearing to toy with his ear.

The pair sipped champagne and Paul — who cheated on his wife in 2013 — draped a blanket over Candice’s shoulders.

Candice — known during the show for her lipstick choices — also posed for a selfie with the laughing judge.

She was wearing her dazzling engagement ring, a day after announcing she will wed boyfriend Liam Macaulay.

 Paul and wife Alexandra who have split after almost 20 years of marriage Paul and wife Alexandra who have split after almost 20 years of marriage

Why is Paul Hollywood famous?

As well as his successful baking career, Paul has made various TV appearances.

He has featured in The Generation Game, The Heaven and Earth Show, Loose Women and This Morning.

Paul’s most well-known telly role is on The Great British Bake Off, where has worked as a judge since 2010.

He famously doesn’t hold back when he tests the amateur cooks’ attempts at the trickiest of recipes.

What is Paul Hollywood’s baking experience?

After quitting his course at the Wallasey School of Art, Paul was employed in his dad’s bakery in York.

He worked in a number of different pastry, bread and cake outlets before he was promoted to head baker.

Hollywood has held this role in countless prestigious hotels, including The Dorchester, Chester Grosvenor and Spa and the Cliveden Hotel.

 The last time that the original GBBO cast were together was for the Christmas specialBBC Press Handout The last time that the original GBBO cast were together was for the Christmas special

What are Paul Hollywood's best recipes?

Fans were outraged to discover Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry do NOT bake the cakes they show off on TV.

But thankfully, the experienced baker shares many of his recipes and tips on his official website.

He reveals his cooking secrets on a whole host of delicious treats, from puddings to pies and bread.

Every week, Paul shares a new recipe online as well as blogging about his experiences and future plans.

More of Hollywood's recipes are available in his books, which include 100 Great Breads, The Weekend Baker and How To Bake.

 Paul and Mary don't actually cook on GBBO, but they do have their own recipe books and offer up tips and tricks onlineBBC Paul and Mary don't actually cook on GBBO, but they do have their own recipe books and offer up tips and tricks online

What is Paul Hollywood’s net worth?

The Sun exclusively revealed that Paul Hollywood is worth an eye-watering £10million.

He has almost £8.8million of assets in his new company HJP Media LLP, latest accounts show.

The no-nonsense judge has also raked in a further £1.2milion in a company called Paul Hollywood Limited.

New GBBO expert Prue Leith has revealed that she’s earning THREE TIMES more than former judge Mary Berry.

Following the news that Hollywood has probably signed an equally lucrative pay-cheque, the star has recently invested in a £1.45million mansion.

Why did Paul Hollywood leave the BBC to remain as a GBBO judge?

Some fans were NOT happy with Paul Hollywood when he announced he would be leaving the BBC behind to take-up work on the Channel 4 revamp.

He clapped back at some Bake Off fans for villainising him over the decision, but it seems that even Mary Berry was a little irritated by it.

Despite this, a friend of Paul told The Sun that it was Paul’s ambition that encouraged him to take the new job.

The source said: “Paul is one of the most driven people you will ever meet, and he was never going to go along with the rest of them at his own personal expense.

“He knows his association with Bake Off is the main thing that makes him marketable. He was never going to walk away."

How did Paul respond to the Nazi uniform photo revelations?

The Sun on Sunday revealed pictures of Paul posing in a Nazi uniform in a village pub in Kent before heading to a party.

In the pictures, taken before he joined Bake Off, Paul was wearing a red swastika armband as part of his outfit.

Responding to the publication of the images, Paul said he was "devastated" to have caused any offence, but insisted he and pals were dressing as 'Allo 'Allo characters en-route to a themed party.

 Paul Hollywood was pictured posing in a Nazi uniform with a pal in a Kent pubThe Sun Paul Hollywood was pictured posing in a Nazi uniform with a pal in a Kent pub

In a statement, he said: "I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone, the picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a Comedy TV Shows Themed New Year's Eve Party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show 'Allo 'Allo.

"Everyone who knows me, knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war."

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CHERYL and her One Direction boyfriend Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed their baby son Bear in March 2017.

The couple have raised eyebrows due to their significant age gap – but does this really make any difference? Here’s the full lowdown on the couple amid rumours of an impending split.

Reuters Liam Payne and Cheryl have a ten-year age gap

How long have Cheryl and Liam been dating and what’s their age gap?

Cheryl, 34, and Liam, 24, first met when a young wannabe popstar Liam auditioned for her on The X Factor back in 2009.

He then went on to mega stardom thanks to his time in One Direction.

The pair got together while Cheryl was going through her divorce to second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at the beginning of 2016.

Despite their ten-year age difference they looked completely infatuated with each other on their red carpet debut and have made no secret of their romance since.

Liam paid a sweet tribute to his the pregnant girlfriend by getting a tattoo of her eye on his arm.

On February 17, 2018, The Sun broke the story that Liam’s constant travelling to promote his solo career has placed an intolerable strain on the relationship and they are ready to split.

Cheryl declared that “none of it matters” as she shrugged off questions about her crumbling relationship with Liam Payne today during her first TV appearance since news of the relationship crisis broke.

The former Girls Aloud singer appeared on BBC Breakfast on 21 February 2018 to talk about her charity centre in Newcastle, and she did not mention her boyfriend during the chat.

They put on a united front together at the Brit Awards 2018, where they smiled on the red carpet and Cheryl joked about the couple’s ‘safe word’.

When was Cheryl and Liam’s baby born?

Cheryl’s legion of fans first began speculating that Cheryl had given birth in late February 2017 after believing that they had calculated her due date to be mid-February and on March 2 Liam fuelled rumours with a cryptic tweet about having to “creep around and stay quiet in the morning”.

Days later Cheryl did the same by “liking her pregnant friend’s bare bump photo” but it was all a false alarm.

The couple announced that Cheryl and Liam became parents on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

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PA:Press Association Brendan O’Carroll has landed a new role presenting a primetime quiz show

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What Is Liam Payne’s Net Worth, Has He Split From Cheryl, How Old Is He And What Are His Top Songs?

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Rex Features Liam Payne is an international superstar

Who is Liam Payne?

Liam James Payne, 24, was born August 29, 1993 and is an English singer and songwriter.

He shot to fame as a member of the global boyband phenomenon One Direction.

Liam made his debut as a singer when he auditioned for the the X Factor in 2008.

After being eliminated as a solo performer, he auditioned again in 2010 and was put into a group with four other contestants to form One Direction.

ITV He shot to fame on X Factor in 2010

The band went onto become the biggest boyband in the world.

They released five albums and sold out countless world tours before taking a hiatus in 2016.

Liam is now a successful solo artist.

AFP or licensors Liam performed at the Brit Awards 2018 with Rita Ora

When did Liam met Cheryl?

Cheryl, 34, and Liam first met when a young wannabe popstar Liam auditioned for her on The X Factor back in 2009.

He then went on to mega stardom thanks to his time in One Direction.

The pair got together while Cheryl was going through her divorce to second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini at the beginning of 2016, and made their red carpet debut in May 2016.

In January 2017 Liam was spotted paying a sweet tribute to his pregnant girlfriend by getting a tattoo of her eye on his arm.

Getty Images – Getty It has been revealed that Liam and Cheryl are on the verge of splitting

Are Cheryl and Liam going to split?

Cracks have recently started to appear in their relationship.

On February 18 2018 it was revealed by The Sun that their ten-year age gap and Liam’s constant travelling for his solo career have taken their toll.

The unmarried couple have been battling to stay together and friends fear they may be unable to salvage it long-term and are ready to call time on their troubled relationship.

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“But they love their son. And they do care for each other so it’s now a matter of seeing if there’s a final way forward to try and make it work.”

Cheryl declared that “none of it matters” as she shrugged off questions about her crumbling relationship with Liam Payne today during her first TV appearance since news of the relationship crisis broke.

The former Girls Aloud singer appeared on BBC Breakfast on 21 February 2018 to talk about her charity centre in Newcastle, and she did not mention her boyfriend during the chat.

Despite romance troubles, the pair put on a united front at the Brit Awards 2018 as Cheryl joked in an interview about the couple’s ‘safe word’.

Instagram Liam is now a dad to Baby Bear

When did Liam become a dad?

Liam and girlfriend Cheryl welcomed their baby on on March 22, 2017.

They called the tot Bear.

At the time Cheryl posted a picture on Instagram of Liam cradling their 7lb 9oz baby which she captioned: “On Wednesday Liam and I became parents to an incredibly beautiful, healthy baby boy looking like a dream.”

PA:Press Association Liam went on to be part of One Direction

AFP or licensors After taking over the world, One Direction are currently on a hiatus

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Following Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson, Liam was the final member of One Direction to go solo.

The pop heartthrob teamed up with Quavo on his debut solo single Strip That Down.

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