Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood: His partner, wife, children, real name, age and other facts

29 September 2020, 11:02

Paul Hollywood
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By Tom Eames

Along with soggy bottoms and the famous tent, Paul Hollywood has been the one steady presence in The Great British Bake Off since it started in 2010.

Is there a more impressive feat on TV than getting the 'Paul Hollywood handshake' after a successful bake?

Here are all the big facts about the Bake Off star and celebrity chef:

  1. Who is Paul Hollywood?

    Paul Hollywood is an English celebrity chef, best known for being a judge on The Great British Bake Off.

    He stated his career at his father's bakery as a teenager, and went on to be the head baker at several hotels in the UK and internationally.

    After returning from working in Cyprus, he began appearing on a number of British TV shows on both BBC and ITV.

  2. Paul Hollywood age: How old is he?

    Paul Hollywood was born on March 1, 1966. He celebrated his 54th birthday in 2020.

    He was born in Wallasey, on the Wirral, in Cheshire. He is the son of bakery proprietor, John F Hollywood and Gillian M Harman.

  3. Is Paul Hollywood his real name?

    It might sound like an obvious showbusiness name, but that is indeed his real name.

    In fact, his full name is Paul John Hollywood.

  4. Who is Paul Hollywood's partner and ex-wife?

    Paul Hollywood and former wife Alex
    Paul Hollywood and former wife Alex. Picture: Getty

    Paul Hollywood met his wife Alexandra in Cyprus, where he was a head baker at a five star hotel and she was a scuba diving instructor.

    They later married on the island in 1998, but they separated in November 2017. They have one child together, a 15-year-old son named Josh.

    A few days after news of his divorce was confirmed, it was revealed that he was dating Summer Monteys-Fullam, a 22-year-old barmaid at his local pub.

    The pair first met in early 2017, when Paul arranged a birthday party for then-wife Alex at the bar where she worked. However, as of 2020, the couple have since split up.

    Earlier in 2020, it was reported by The Sun that Paul was living with girlfriend Melissa Spalding, 37, the landlady at his local pub.