It turns out that a current star of The Traitors is no stranger to TV game shows.
Paul Gorton, 36, is competing for a cash reward of up to £120,000 on the hit BBC reality programme, but observant viewers have noticed he previously starred on Deal Or No Deal.
The business manager and budding comedian may be playing a game of bluff and deception in 2024, but in 2010, he tried his luck on Noel Edmonds’ renowned show.
Paul, who currently plays a charming traitor alongside Harry and Miles, was just 22 years old, unemployed, and living with his fiancée at his mother’s house in Warrington.
In addition to a potential £250,000 financial prize, the Manchester-born competitor hoped to win a modelling deal by participating on the legendary programme.
Unfortunately, he ended up with only 10p.
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He isn’t the only series star with a background on Deal Or No Deal; Kyra Johnson, who was ‘killed off’ by Paul and his fellow traitors last week, competed just two months ago.
She ended up eliminating two of the so-called Big Five boxes, leaving her with the choice between one holding £4,000 and another containing only £1 – but she accepted the Banker’s offer of £1,800.
Paul spoke to iNews late last year about his time on the ITV show and was full of love for Noel.
‘I don’t know whether that was just me, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off him. You know, some people are just born for the job they’re in,’ he said. ‘He was born to be a host on that show. He did it so well.’
Deal Or No Deal may actually have prepared them for life in the Traitors Castle, after rumours spread backstage about a ‘mole’ among the contestants.
‘You would kind of give a little bit of information away to someone privately, but then Noel would bring it up on the show,’ Paul explained, recalling a time he told another person that the lowest offer he’d accept was £15,000, which was the first figure presented to him by the Banker.
He added: ‘As soon as it came through, I didn’t think about the money, I just thought to myself: “Oh my God, the mole is real.” ‘
Now, Paul, a father of one who has a son Charlie with model and content producer Kate Waldron, is one of the Traitors on the BBC show, attempting to escape unnoticed.
Before entering the castle, he hoped that his boardroom expertise would benefit him.
‘People think that with a poker face you always have to be stern, be stoic and not show emotion, I disagree with that,’ he explained.
‘I think if you can show happiness when you’re really sad or sadness when you’re really happy, those are better qualities.’
The Traitors continues tonight on BBC One at 9pm.
Source My Celebrity Life.