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Fans think Paul Hollywood looks like Tom Cruise in 80s throwback photo!

The TV baker took to Instagram with the old snapshot

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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It's 80s week on the Great British Bake Off, and in celebration Paul Hollywood has treated fans to a throwback photo of himself from that same decade! The TV star posted a retro snapshot on Instagram on Tuesday – and fans were quick to react.

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While Paul is now well-known for his silver hair and beard, the image sees him clean-shaven and with a darker crop. But his famous blue eyes are instantly recognisable.

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"Just what I needed on a Tuesday morning!" one follower told Paul, while a second remarked: "Definitely got better with age." A third commented: "Giving Tom Cruise a run for his money here", and a fourth wrote: "You haven't changed much at all, just become more sophisticated."

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It is not the first time Paul has shared a throwback 80s snapshot with his fans. In a photo posted on Instagram in July, the 54-year-old looked unrecognisable with dark long hair that fell to his shoulders. "Holding my cat… art school days circa 1982/3…!!X," he wrote.

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Paul shared an 80s throwback photo ahead of GBBO this week

Some of Paul's fans noted the resemblance to his son, Josh. Paul shares his only child with ex-wife Alexandra.

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The couple split in 2013 when he had a romance with his American Baking Competition co-star Marcela Valladolid – but they reconciled shortly afterward with Paul calling his affair "the biggest mistake" of my life. They split for the second time in November 2017.

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Paul and Alexandra were married from 1998 until 2017

Alexandra recently shared a rare photo of Josh, taken as the pair walked the dog together.

She wrote: "There are some upsides to this lockdown - I look forward to my daily dog walk with Josh & Rufus. The walk is an adventure and a chance to wander without seeing a soul - our world has shrunk down to our house & garden now, so we have time to stretch our legs to chat and laugh at our daft Labrador half-heartedly chasing rabbits and to make lovely plans to look forward to when this awful time is over…"

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