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Paul Nicholas, 76, shocks viewers with rare TV appearance 40 YEARS after Just Good Friend

‘Can’t believe it’s the same guy!’: Eighties heartthrob Paul Nicholas, 76, shocks fans with rare TV appearance 40 YEARS after Just Good Friends

  • The actor found fame in the 1983 BBC sitcom Just Good Friends, playing Vince alongside co-star Jan Francis who starred as Penny
  • Paul, 76, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning as he spoke about his budding rap career 


He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the Eighties who charmed audiences playing Vince in Just Good Friends. 

Yet Paul Nicholas looked unrecognisable on Tuesday as he made a rare TV appearance to discuss his budding rap career on This Morning. 

Fans of the actor, 74, were left in shock as they were unable to recognise the star four decades on from his acting heyday. 

‘Can’t believe it’s the same guy!’: Eighties heartthrob Paul Nicholas, 76, shocked fans with a rare TV appearance on Tuesday 40 YEARS after starring in Just Good Friends

As Paul has kept a relatively low profile over the last four decades, fans were left shocked by their first sighting of the star, penning: ‘Blimey I didn’t recognise Paul Nicholas!!’; ‘Paul Nicholas looks well different’;

‘Just watching Paul Nicholas on this morning..goodness can’t believe it’s the sam guy’; ‘I didn’t recognise Paul Nicholas on This Morning…..’;

‘Omg I used to fancy paul Nicholas in Just Good Friends #ThisMorning’; ‘Paul Nicholas is a rapper now?’; 

Iconic: He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the Eighties who charmed audiences playing Vince in Just Good Friends (pictured with co-star Jan Francis)

Iconic: He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the Eighties who charmed audiences playing Vince in Just Good Friends (pictured with co-star Jan Francis) 

‘I loved Paul Nicholas in the 70s. Bought all his records, saw him perform at a recording of Supersonic and met him in the pub after a performance of Tee Zee at the Royal Court.’; 

‘After seeing and listening to the stories of the great Paul Nicholas on #ThisMorning – isn’t it time that maybe @goldchannel show the classic Just Good Friends again? Or maybe #bbc4 ? Such a huge show in the 80s and would be a nice break from the same shows repeated on rotation’.

It wasn’t just Paul’s change in appearance that shocked viewers, but his admission that he now wants to be a rapper. 

Who's that guy? Fans of the actor, 74, were left in shock as they were unable to recognise the star four decades on from his acting heyday

Who’s that guy? Fans of the actor, 74, were left in shock as they were unable to recognise the star four decades on from his acting heyday

Asked why he’s taken up the new career, Paul said: ‘It’s more current and I enjoy it.’

Admitting he’s no longer a fan of pop music, he added that the lyrics for his new rap include: ‘Justin Bieber makes me want to vomit’. 

Paul started life as a pop star under the stage name Paul Dean before taking up a career in musical theatre. 

He became a household name in 1983 playing the ultra-loveable Vince Pinner on Just Good Friends, earning himself instant sex symbol status with his enchanting blue eyes and a fluff of blond curls. 

Unexpected: It wasn't just Paul's change in appearance that shocked viewers, but his admission that he now wants to be a rapper

Unexpected: It wasn’t just Paul’s change in appearance that shocked viewers, but his admission that he now wants to be a rapper

The actor also appeared in the BBC’s The Real Marigold Hotel and played Kathy Beale’s husband, Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders from 2015 to 2016.

Paul – who has six children with his wife Linzi Beuselinck – insisted that he has no time on slowing down his acting career any time soon. 

Speaking to The Daily Mail in 2019, he said: ‘I’m beyond leading man these days but there are plenty of roles for older people, as I keep reminding my agent!’  

Heartthrob: The actor (pictured in 1978) appeared in the BBC's The Real Marigold Hotel and played Kathy Beale's husband, Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders from 2015 to 2016

Heartthrob: The actor (pictured in 1978) appeared in the BBC’s The Real Marigold Hotel and played Kathy Beale’s husband, Gavin Sullivan in EastEnders from 2015 to 2016

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