Saturday 23 March 2019

Paul ‘Santa’ Hollywood leads celebrities’ festive selfies

Merry Christmas from the stars.

Paul Hollywood entered into the festive spirit
Paul Hollywood entered into the festive spirit

By Francesca Gosling, Entertainment Reporter, Press Association

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood donned a full Santa Claus outfit as he wished his followers a happy Christmas.

The professional baker showed off an uncanny resemblance to the festive father as he posted the photo on Twitter, with the simple caption: “Merry Christmas x”.

He joined a number of stars in sharing light-hearted seasonal snaps of themselves on Christmas Eve.

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke opted for a roast turkey hat as he tweeted: “Guys, I’m on my own… but I tell you what – I’m all in on this Christmas shizzle.”

Meanwhile, pop legend Kylie Minogue went for a racier look as she emerged from an oversized Christmas present.

Strictly Come Dancing star Susan Calman went for a nostalgic photo, sharing a look back at her childhood self dressed up as a Christmas angel.

“The ghost of Christmas past,” she wrote. “Me, circa 1980 something. It took a lot of tinsel to make me look angelic.”

Actress Dame Joan Collins also posted a “Merry Christmas” snap, posing in an elaborate pink feathered hat with her husband Percy Gibson.

Former Spice Girls star Emma Bunton wore a classic festive jumper as she wished her followers a “Merry Christmas Eve”.

Promoting the Christmas broadcast of his role in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, Sir Lenny Henry shared a tinsel-clad selfie and wrote: “Merry Xmas to my family and friends and don’t forget to listen to Anansi boys on radio 4 … big love to you and yours….Xxx.”

X Factor winners Rak-Su sent warm wishes to their fans, with band heartthrob Myles Stephenson posting a photo of himself with the caption: “Merry Xmas eve everyone.”

Last year’s Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah let his stunning Christmas cakes do the talking as he wished his fans a merry Christmas in both French and Spanish.

“HOHOHO One more sleep…” he wrote, adding: “JingleBell #Christmas #Cake #joyeuxnoel #FelizNavidad.”

Hollywood and Gbormittah will return to the Bake Off tent for the first part of the show’s festive special, airing at 7.40pm on Channel 4 on Monday.

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