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Star Wars fans fall in love with Chewbacca actor as he is revealed to be 6ft 9in Finnish hunk

STAR Wars fans have been knocked sideways after learning that cuddly ewok Chewbacca is played by a hunky 6ft 9in Finnish sport star. Basketball star Joonas Suotamo, 31, has taken over from original…

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STAR Wars fans have been knocked sideways after learning that cuddly ewok Chewbacca is played by a hunky 6ft 9in Finnish sport star.

Basketball star Joonas Suotamo, 31, has taken over from original Chewie actor Peter Mayhew, 73, to play the boisterous fur ball, after doubling for Mayhew in The Force Awakens.

 The actor who plays Chewbacca in The Last Jedi has been revealed and he's Finish and handsome The actor who plays Chewbacca in The Last Jedi has been revealed and he's Finish and handsome

These are his only professional film credits to date after a career playing for the Uusimaan basketball

team from 2011-2015.

He did also train as a performer in his youth and began pursuing acting properly in 2008 on the side.

Before The Force Awakens he travelled to London for an audition after seeing a Facebook ad, knowing his size would give him the edge over smaller actors.

And fans have been blown away by how handsome the blonde athlete is under the costume.

 Joonas Suotamo plays the former sidekick of Han Solo Joonas Suotamo plays the former sidekick of Han Solo

Sadly for any admirers, Joonas is engaged to be married and is expecting his first child very soon.

The performer has his own Instagram feed where he's shared snaps of himself with Chewie make-up on his eyes.

And he's revealed that playing Chewie hasn't been plain sailing as he passed out during his first day in the suit.

He explained: “You have to stay still for so long and if you forget to inhale deeply when they [put on the chest piece], you’re left with this little too few inches to breathe."

 Joonas with Luputa Nyong'o, John Boyega and Kelly-Marie Tran, his Star Wars co-starsGetty Images – Getty Joonas with Luputa Nyong'o, John Boyega and Kelly-Marie Tran, his Star Wars co-stars

Here it is #chewbacca #starwars

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He went on: “It was really intense. I heard also Darth Vader, Dave Prowse, fainted when he was done, so I don’t have to feel too bad.”

Previously the sports giant thanked Mayhew for his guidance in helping him adjust to the part.

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Cheryl ‘wanted Liam Payne To Stop Talking About Their Family Life In Interviews’ Before Crisis Talks

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CHERYL “wanted Liam Payne to stop talking about their family life in interviews” before crisis talks about their relationship.

Yesterday The Sun’s Dan Wootton exclusively revealed how the Promise This singer and her 24-year-old boyfriend are preparing to end their two-year relationship.

Getty – Contributor The Sun revealed yesterday how Cheryl and Liam Payne have been holding crisis talks about their relationship

Cheryl, 34, and Liam have held crisis talks to try and salvage their romance for the sake of their 11-month-old son Bear.

But an insider has now told The Sun Online that one of the issues which caused tension between the couple was Liam’s keenness to talk about his family during interviews.

The source said: “Cheryl is very private and doesn’t want Bear’s life to be lived in public, while Liam was so proud he couldn’t stop talking about his son, and by extension, Cheryl.

“She’d ask him not to speak about her, or her opinions in interviews, but he’s naturally chatty and he’d let details slip.

instagram The couple are said to be preparing to end their two-year relationship

instagram The couple have 11-month-old son together

“She’s had more experience in the industry than him and knows it’s better to hold back rather than tell everyone everything.

“But he didn’t see the problem – he’s just a proud dad.”

Soon after Bear was born in March last year, former One Direction singer Liam revealed a number of intimate details about his son and girlfriend while promoting his solo music.

The singer told journalists his son weed on Cheryl the first time she changed his nappy, why they chose his unusual name and that she gets touchy over their 10-year age gap.

instagram A source close to Cheryl said she ‘wanted Liam to stop talking about their family in interviews’

Another major factor contributing to their relationship drama – as first revealed by The Sun – is Liam’s successful solo career keeping him away from home a lot.

It’s meant Cheryl has been left with Bear for weeks at a time.

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Video Of Geordie Shore’s Sophie Kasaei Looking Worse For Wear Goes Viral As Hilarious Footage Gets Over A Million Views

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SOPHIE Kasaei has become an internet sensation after a video of the aftermath of a boozy night out on Geordie Shore went viral.

The clip of the 28-year-old has now had over one million views online.

MTV Sophie Kasaei has become an internet sensation after this clip aired on Geordie Shore

MTV The 28-year-old reality star appeared to be struggling after a boozy night out with her co-stars

MTV While she’d been the life and soul of the party in a nightclub, things couldn’t have been more different once she was in a taxi

In the footage, Sophie can be seen partying with her co-stars including Abbie Holborn and Nathan Henry.

But as the night draws to a close and the group bundle into a taxi, Sophie appears to be struggling.

At one point she droops to the side before sitting up, leaving her hair hanging over one side of her face.

As she pushes it away, she pulls a number of rather amusing faces before looking as though she may vomit.

MTV Sophie appeared to be struggling to keep herself together

MTV Her co-star Abbie Holborn, left, looked on as Sophie tried to sort out her hair

MTV But things went from bad to worse as Sophie looked as though she might be sick

While her pals cheer and laugh around her, Sophie looks increasingly queasy.

After a couple of seconds she flops down onto her mate beside her and finishes the journey lying in her lap.

One fan joked: “Someone’s had a good night!”

Another told their followers: “One eye going to the shops and the other coming back with the change!”

MTV Fans found the clip hilarious and now the five second footage has gone viral

MTV To date, the clip of Sophie has been viewed over one million times

The Geordie Shore cast are currently in Australia filming the next series of the hit MTV show.

Earlier today, The Sun Online revealed the first look at two of the latest stars to join the show.

Instagram A pub in Queensland leaked this photo of the cute new cast members alongside Nathan Henry and Sam Gowland

Just last month, insiders revealed that Geordie Shore was getting two new sexy stars in Australia.

An insider said: “The cast will be filming in Australia and they’ve been told to expect some surprises – including two hot locals.

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Noel Gallagher’s Wife Sara Mcdonald Tells His Brother Liam To ‘drop Dead’ After Social Media Spat

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NOEL Gallagher’s wife has told warring brother Liam: “Drop dead.”

Publicist Sara McDonald, 46, stepped into the long-running feud between the former Oasis bandmates after heated comments about her family.

Getty – Contributor Noel Gallagher’s wife, publicist Sara McDonald, stepped into the long-running feud between the two former-Oasis frontmen

Splash News Liam Gallagher was told by his brother’s wife to ‘drop dead’ after claiming he wouldn’t care if any of the family were abused on social media

Liam, 45, said in a newspaper interview he “didn’t care” if Sara, 50-year-old Noel or his “f****** kid” Anais, 18, were abused on social media.

Responding on an Instagram fansite Sara, who has sons aged seven and ten with Noel, wrote: “His f****** kid”? You mean your gorgeous niece, you deplorable w*****.

“Please god (you) have dropped dead by the time my kids are on social media.”

It is the first time Sara has spoken out in music’s biggest rivalry, sparked by Noel’s decision to quit Oasis in 2009.

PA:Press Association Noel Gallagher’s wife Sara stepped into the long-running feud after his heated comments about her family

Getty Images – Getty Liam Gallagher’s put-downs got increasingly toxic after the launch of his solo career

Getty – Contributor Liam said he “didn’t care” if Sara, 50-year-old Noel or his “f****** kid” Anais, 18, (pictured) were abused on social media

Liam has taunted Noel ever since, but the put-downs got increasingly toxic when he launched a solo career last year.

In June, Liam accused Noel of snubbing the One Love Manchester Concert in aid of Ariana Grande fans caught in the Manchester Arena bombing. Noel came under fire online, but sources close to him revealed he was never asked to perform and secretly signed over the royalties to Oasis hit Don’t Look Back In Anger after it became the relief fund’s anthem.

Getty Images – Getty Liam (right) has never forgiven Noel for his decision to quit Oasis in 2009, taunting him ever since

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