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James May takes style tips from Billy Connolly with distinctive facial hair

James May appeared to take some style tips from Billy Connolly as he went for a bike ride in West London on Thursday.

The TV presenter, 58, sported a distinctive beard and thick-rimmed glasses on the outing, making him bear a striking resemblance to the Scottish actor, 78. 

James cut a casual figure as he wrapped up in a bright orange bomber jacket which he paired with a dark green T-shirt.

Out and about: James May appeared to take some style tips from Billy Connolly as he went for a bike ride in West London on Thursday

The former Top Gear host wore his hair loose while he also sported dark grey jeans and put safety first with a black helmet. 

James is an avid bike rider and has said it was the main way he kept fit during the coronavirus lockdown since he had no reason to drive anywhere.

Reflecting on how he didn’t see co-stars Jeremy Clarkson or Richard Hammond amid the global pandemic, James also joked that being away from the pair helped to make him ‘healthier’. 

Speaking to The Sun, James said of Jeremy and Richard: ‘I wouldn’t say I’ve particularly missed them. I’ve seen so much of those two idiots over the past 15 years of my life. I don’t pine for them in any way whatsoever. 

Lookalike: The TV presenter, 58, (left) sported a distinctive beard and thick-rimmed glasses on the outing, making him bear a striking resemblance to the Scottish actor, 78 (right)

Actor: Billy pictured at a film premiere in 2015

Lookalike: The TV presenter, 58, (left) sported a distinctive beard and thick-rimmed glasses on the outing, making him bear a striking resemblance to the Scottish actor, 78 (right)

Dapper: Billy is known for his distinctive long hair and trimmed beard (pictured in 2013)

Dapper: Billy is known for his distinctive long hair and trimmed beard (pictured in 2013)

‘I’m definitely healthier, no doubt about that. I’m slightly slimmer, I’m stronger. I’m still falling to bits but I’m falling to bits in a slightly trimmer way.’ 

James went on to explain that he goes out to cycle between five to ten miles a day, and he claimed would follow government guidelines by only going out to exercise once a day.

Of his new fitness regime, he said: ‘I’m well buff now but probably can’t drive my car any more.’

James shot to fame as a co-presenter of iconic programme Top Gear, which he starred in alongside Jeremy and Richard from 2003-2015.

He now hosts The Grand Tour alongside Jeremy and Richard, in December 2019 they travelled to Vietnam and Cambodia for special The Grand Tour Presents: Seamen.

Exercise: James cut a casual figure as he wrapped up in a bright orange bomber jacket which he paired with a dark green T-shirt

Exercise: James cut a casual figure as he wrapped up in a bright orange bomber jacket which he paired with a dark green T-shirt 

Casual: The former Top Gear host wore his hair loose while he also sported dark grey jeans and put safety first with a black helmet

Casual: The former Top Gear host wore his hair loose while he also sported dark grey jeans and put safety first with a black helmet

Routine: James is an avid bike rider and has said it was the main way he kept fit during the coronavirus lockdown since he had no reason to drive anywhere

Routine: James is an avid bike rider and has said it was the main way he kept fit during the coronavirus lockdown since he had no reason to drive anywhere

While in December last year they appeared in the special A Massive Hunt, which saw them go to the islands of Madagascar and Réunion in search of pirate gold.

In November, Jeremy revealed that he and his co-hosts ended up swimming in shark-infested waters after Richard attempted to speak French during their time in Réunion.

Speaking about the Hammond’s lack of language skills, Jeremy explained how after a day swimming they were told a man had been eaten by a shark just the day before.

Jeremy said: ‘When we were in Réunion we had a day of sorting ourselves out and we all met on the beach and Hammond suggested snorkelling.

Apart: Reflecting on how he didn't see co-stars Jeremy Clarkson or Richard Hammond amid the global pandemic, James also joked that being away from the pair helped to make him 'healthier'

Apart: Reflecting on how he didn’t see co-stars Jeremy Clarkson or Richard Hammond amid the global pandemic, James also joked that being away from the pair helped to make him ‘healthier’

James said of Jeremy and Richard: 'I wouldn't say I've particularly missed them. I've seen so much of those two idiots over the past 15 years of my life'

James said of Jeremy and Richard: ‘I wouldn’t say I’ve particularly missed them. I’ve seen so much of those two idiots over the past 15 years of my life’

‘So, he went off to the little hut where you could borrow the flippers and snorkels and he came back and he said, “My French is really coming along, I’ve just had a long conversation with the man in the hut in French.”

‘We then went swimming and snorkelling and when we got back, we were told that the day before, a man had been eaten by a shark. Exactly in that spot, off that same beach, inside the reef where we were snorkelling.

‘So, this French man was clearly saying, “Don’t go swimming” and Hammond was saying “I like to go snorkelling on Wednesdays.”‘

Jeremy continued: ‘Half of the world’s shark attacks are off Réunion and we went swimming there like idiots.

‘Everyone on the beach was staring at us like, “What on earth are they doing…?’” And this was all because Richard Hammond thinks he can speak French.’

Colleagues: James shot to fame as a co-presenter of iconic programme Top Gear, which he starred in alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from 2003-2015

Colleagues: James shot to fame as a co-presenter of iconic programme Top Gear, which he starred in alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond from 2003-2015


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