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Paul Hollywood transforms into Father Christmas in new festive Great British Bake Off snap

It is returning for a Christmas special after the latest series wrapped up last week with student Peter Sawkins being crowned the winner.

And now Paul Hollywood has transformed into Father Christmas in a new fun festive Great British Bake Off snap.

The judge, 54, looked unrecognisable as he donned a white curly wig and matching beard to portray St. Nick.

O Hollywood Night! Paul Hollywood has transformed into Father Christmas in new fun festive Great British Bake Off snaps

Finishing the look, Paul opted for a red white fur-lined Santa suit complete with a hat and delicate gold framed glasses.

The new image was released as a meme, showing Paul out of costume alongside a photo of him as Father Christmas.

It read: ‘Me on November 30th, me on December 1st’, with the judge captioning with a crying laughing emoji.

Paul’s 415K followers were left stunned at the transformation with 2018 winner Rahul Mandal commenting on how ‘real’ he looked.

Pictured: The judge, 54, looked unrecognisable as he donned a white curly wig and matching beard to portray St. Nick (pictured out of costume)

Pictured: The judge, 54, looked unrecognisable as he donned a white curly wig and matching beard to portray St. Nick (pictured out of costume) 

Ho Ho Hollywood! Finishing the look, Paul opted for a red white fur-lined Santa suit complete with a hat and delicate gold framed glasses

Ho Ho Hollywood! Finishing the look, Paul opted for a red white fur-lined Santa suit complete with a hat and delicate gold framed glasses 

Rahul penned: ‘I almost thought it wasn’t you! You look so real as Father Christmas!’

A different fan put: ‘He makes the perfect Santa.’ 

Another viewer commented: ‘Oh my goodness, what a transformation…. Lovely.’

While a different account added: ‘Literally the best Santa I’ve ever seen.’      

Paul isn’t the only judge making headlines for his new look and in a promo shot released last week, Prue Leith, 80, commanded attention with her bright blue hairstyle as she stood out in a group image.

Stunned: Paul's 415K followers were left stunned at the transformation with 2018 winner Rahul Mandal commenting on how 'real' he looked

Stunned: Paul’s 415K followers were left stunned at the transformation with 2018 winner Rahul Mandal commenting on how ‘real’ he looked

Prue appeared to be in great spirits as she beamed a smile in the Christmassy image while donning a festive jumper and red glasses.

She stood next to Matt Lucas, who wore a fun Santa hat, and Paul, who went for a more demure festive vibe in a red checked shirt.

Prue’s hair appeared to have been dyed blue, with her sticking with her short cut locks and side parting despite the big change in colour.

Also seen in the snap was comedian Tom Allen, the host of Bake Off: The Professionals, who has stepped in to replace Noel Fielding for the Christmas special.

New look: Paul isn't the only judge making headlines for his new look and in a promo shot released last week, Prue Leith , 80, commanded attention with her bright blue hairstyle as she stood out in a group image

New look: Paul isn’t the only judge making headlines for his new look and in a promo shot released last week, Prue Leith , 80, commanded attention with her bright blue hairstyle as she stood out in a group image 

Very cool! The judge, 80, looked sensational with her tresses dyed blue around the front

Surprising! During the latest series, which ended last week, Prue had grey locks

Very cool! The judge, 80, looked sensational with her tresses dyed blue around the front in two first look images from the show (left, Prue’s new hair and right her during last week’s final) 

Noel had to miss out on filming the special as he was on paternity leave at the time after welcoming his second child, reports the Radio Times

The Mighty Boosh star and his girlfriend Lliana Bird confirmed they had welcomed daughter Iggy in October. They are also parents to two-year-old Dali.

During the upcoming show Paul, Prue and Matt will be joined by past bakers from previous seasons all hoping to be crowned Christmas Star Baker.

Jamie Finn and Rosie Brandreth-Poynter from 2019, Ruby Bhogal from 2018 and 2017 contestant James Hillery, all back and ready to battle it out in the tent. 

The team will then round off Christmas with popstar Alexandra Burke performing a magical version of ‘Silent Night’. 

Festive: As well as Prue's hair, the Christmas special will feature another new addition in comedian Tom Allen (right) stepping in to cover for Noel Fielding as he was on paternity leave when the episode was filmed

Festive: As well as Prue’s hair, the Christmas special will feature another new addition in comedian Tom Allen (right) stepping in to cover for Noel Fielding as he was on paternity leave when the episode was filmed

While the New Year’s Special will see Noel return to the hosting line-up and the baking crew joined by some other former bakers. 

Joining them are Helena Garcia and Henry Bird from 2019 as well as 2014 winner Nancy Birtwhistle will be on the show.

2018 winner Rahul Mandal will also appear and hope to impress the judges again in an attempt to take home the coveted Festive Star Baker title.  

It comes after Peter Sawkins became the youngest ever winner of the Great British Bake Off after the 2020 final aired last week.

Despite the impressive win, the 20-year-old said he isn’t getting carried away by his newfound culinary fame.

Sweet: Noel and his girlfriend Lliana Bird confirmed they had welcomed daughter Iggy in October (pictured with Mr Spoon, who he had the contestants kiss for luck during the final)

Sweet: Noel and his girlfriend Lliana Bird confirmed they had welcomed daughter Iggy in October (pictured with Mr Spoon, who he had the contestants kiss for luck during the final)

The student – who studies finance at Edinburgh University – has insisted he’ll finish his degree before taking on any Bake Off related offers.  

‘I am studying at Edinburgh University, and it’s my third year in a four-year degree,’ he said, as reported by The Mirror

‘I’m looking forward to baking a few things at a relaxed pace for friends and family who won’t be scrutinising quite as closely as the judges.

‘I don’t know what will come out of this but I hope there are a few fun opportunities that I can take up!’  

Winner! GBBO 2020 champion Peter became the youngest ever winner after his victory was announced last week

Winner! GBBO 2020 champion Peter became the youngest ever winner after his victory was announced last week 

Of his experience on the much-loved show, Peter said: ‘I can’t recommend doing it enough. You get to meet enthusiastic, energetic and passionate people that all love a shared common interest!’

Peter revealed how he celebrated his win, watching the final, which was recorded over the summer, with his university flatmates. 

The baker was unable to tell his housemates that he had won the show, and as he explained to Radio 2 they all sat down to watch the final together, as they have done for every episode of the 2020 series. 

Studious: The student - who studies finance at Edinburgh University - has insisted he'll finish his degree before taking on any Bake Off related offers

Studious: The student – who studies finance at Edinburgh University – has insisted he’ll finish his degree before taking on any Bake Off related offers


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