Paul Hollywood’s Bio: Age, Family, Career, affair and net worth

Paul Hollywood is an English celebrity chef, baker, businessman, television presenter, and author. He served in several international hotels as a head baker and has been in several TV programs like The American Baking Competition, The Great Holiday Baking Show, and The Great Sport Relief Bake Off.

Paul Hollywood
Paul Hollywood

Hollywood is best known as The Great British Bake Off reality show judge. The show initially aired on BBC in 2010 before moving to Channel 4. Paul has served as head baker in exclusive hotels like Cliveden, The Chester Grosvenor and The Dorchester.

 Summary about Paul Hollywood’s biography


  • Full name: Paul John Hollywood
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 1 March 1966
  • Age: 57 years old
  • Zodiac sign: Pisces
  • Place of birth: Wallasey, Merseyside, England
  • Current residence: Ashford, England
  • Nationality: English
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Sexuality: Straight

Physical statistics

  • Height in feet: 5’7″
  • Height in centimeters: 170
  • Weight in pounds: 165
  • Weight in kilograms: 75
  • Hair colour: White
    Eye colour: Blue

Relationship and family

  • Father: John F. Hollywood
  • Mother: Gillian M. Harman
  • Siblings: 2
  • Relation status: Dating
  • Girlfriend: Melissa Spalding
  • Children: 1

Education, career and net worth

  • Education: The Mosslands School, Wallasey School of Art
  • Profession: Chef and television presenter
  • Net worth: $15 million


Paul Hollywood was born to John F. Hollywood and Gillian M. Harman in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. His dad, John, was a baker who owned a string of bakeries across the country, notably in Yorkshire Middlesbrough and Lincoln, while His mother was a graphic artist. Paul grew up alongside his two siblings, Lee and Jason Hollywood.

How old is Paul Hollywood from the British Baking show?

Paul Hollywood’s age is 57 years old as of now. He was born on 1 March 1966.


Paul Hollywood completed his schooling education at The Mosslands School. He later enrolled to study sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art. The English chef dropped out of school to join his father’s bakery, where he worked and trained as a baker.

Career highlights

Hollywood began his career as a teenager at his father’s bakery in Yorkshire, the headquarters of a chain called Bread Winner. He served as head baker at several British and international hotels. Later, Paul left the family chain to become head baker at the upmarket Grosvenor Hotel in Chester.

He also worked in Dorchester in London before returning to the Chester Hotel, only to be poached by a hotel group setting up in Cyprus. He stayed in Cyprus for six years.

Paul took the opportunity to travel extensively through Cyprus, Egypt and Jordan, visiting remote villages and discovering and researching ancient techniques in baking. In 1999, after returning to the UK, he co-hosted digital channel Taste’s Use Your Loaf alongside TV chef James Martin.

After returning from working in Cyprus, he started his career on television by joining the Carlton Food Network and Taste in 2002. He has appeared as a guest in several shows, including ITV’s This Morning, The Heaven and Earth Show, and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

In 2007, he established Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread, inspired by the baking techniques he discovered while travelling to Cyprus, Egypt, and Jordan.

The chef has also served as a judge for celebrity versions in shows such as Comic Relief and Sport Relief. He has also been a judge on the US version of Bake Off, The Great American Baking Show, which aired on ABC and most recently on Netflix.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are famous as The Great British Bake Off judges.  Paul judged along with Mary Berry, with whom they shared a great partnership for seven seasons, on the popular reality show launched on the BBC in 2010.

In 2017, the show moved from BBC to Channel 4. Hollywood decided to stay with the show, while Mary Berry opted for departure. Mary went to be a judge on Britain’s Best Home Cook and is behind the TV series Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking.

What did Paul Hollywood do before he was famous?

Paul was a sculptor before he became famous. He went to art college to do a preliminary art and design course to become a graphic artist, following in his mum’s footsteps. He then joined Wallasey Art School, but his father persuaded him to join the family business before he finished his studies.

Who is Paul Hollywood’s wife?

Hollywood does not have a wife but a girlfriend named Melissa Spalding. She is a landlady of a B&B in Ashford. The couple have been dating since 2019. Paul was previously married to Alexandra in Cyprus.

Paul Hollywood met his ex-wife Alexandra in Cyprus in 1996. At the time, he was a head baker at a five-star hotel, and Alexandra was a scuba diving instructor and the hotel’s guest relations manager. They married on the same island in 1998, and had a son named Joshua Hollywood. Paul Hollywood’s son was born on 1 October 2001 in the United Kingdom.

However, their relationship did not last long, as the two divorced in 2019 after it emerged that Paul was cheating on his wife. It’s alleged Hollywood first had an affair with his co-judge, American chef Marcela Valladolid.

Shortly after, Paul was again involved in another affair with Summer Monteys-Fullam, a barmaid whom Hollywood had met when organising a birthday party for his wife, Alexandra.  Summer and Paul ended their relationship in 2019 after Summer refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that the Paul handed her.

Paul Hollywood’s wife cancer

Paul’s wife announced on Instagram that she was diagnosed with skin cancer. Taking to social media, she said her diagnosis had been a “wake-up call” and wanted to share her health news with her fans to raise awareness about the dangers of avoiding sunscreen.

Paul Hollywood’s net worth

Paul Hollywood’s net worth is alleged to be $15 million. He primarily earns his income from his career as a chef, TV personality, baker, and businessman. He has also made a fortune from selling his cookbooks. His recipe books include Hollywood’s 100 Great Breads and How to Bake.

Frequently asked questions about Paul Hollywood

Who is Paul Hollywood?

Paul Hollywood is a renowned chef from United Kingdom, best known as judge on The Great Bake Off.

Is Paul Hollywood gay?

No. Paul Hollywood is not gay. He has had romantic relationship with different ladies.

Who is Paul Hollywood’s wife?

Paul Hollywood is not married. He is currently dating Melissa Spalding.

What did Paul Hollywood do before he was famous?

Paul Hollywood was a sculptor, graphic artist before he became famous.

 Who is Paul Hollywood’s son?

His son is Joshua Hollywood.

What is Paul Hollywood net worth?

Paul’s net worth is alleged to be $15 million.

Paul Hollywood is a famous chef, baker, and author from the United Kingdom. The baker has made a name for himself in the culinary and entertainment industries. For instance, the launch of the Great British Bake Off in 2010 made him a household name in his career.

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