The Traitors’ hopeful Paul Gorton, 36, is unveiled as game show veteran after appearing on Deal Or No Deal in 2010 aged just 22 and unemployed

A contestant in the new series of The Traitors is a game show veteran having once appeared on Deal Or No Deal.

Paul Gorton, 36, made his debut on the hit BBC1 show on Wednesday night as the second series kicked off and hopes to secure the show’s cash prize of up to £120,000.

But eagle-eyed viewers may recognise the business manager and wannabe stand-up comedian from an appearance on Noel Edmonds’ game show back in 2010.

Paul was just 22 at the time of filming, unemployed, and was living at his mum’s house in Warrington with his girlfriend.

He hoped the show would land him a modelling deal, as well as potentially a £250,000 cash boost.

A contestant in the new series of The Traitors is a game show veteran having once appeared on Deal Or No Deal

Paul Gorton, 36, made his debut on the hit BBC1 show on Wednesday night as the second series kicked off and hopes to secure the show's cash prize of up to £120,000

Paul Gorton, 36, made his debut on the hit BBC1 show on Wednesday night as the second series kicked off and hopes to secure the show’s cash prize of up to £120,000

But eagle-eyed viewers may recognise the business manager and wannabe stand-up comedian from an appearance on Noel Edmonds ' game show back in 2010

But eagle-eyed viewers may recognise the business manager and wannabe stand-up comedian from an appearance on Noel Edmonds ‘ game show back in 2010

Paul was just 22 at the time of filming, unemployed, and was living at his mum's house in Warrington with his girlfriend

Paul was just 22 at the time of filming, unemployed, and was living at his mum’s house in Warrington with his girlfriend

However, he came away from the episode with a small fraction of the top prize – as well as huge respect for the show’s legendary host.

Paul says: ‘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 was born to be a host on that show. He did it so well.’

Paul, who hails from Manchester, is in a relationship to model and content creator Kate Waldron and the couple share a one-year-son called Charlie.

He was a talented footballer and also a keen BMX rider.

But his real passion is comedy, performing at the Comedy Store in London in 2022, and hopes his humour will provide a vital weapon on The Traitors.

Paul explains: ‘If I can get comedy in there then I think it’s a really powerful tool to bond people and maybe diffuse situations when they get so tense. ‘Maybe I can be a little bit of a comfort blanket and a distraction in that way.

‘I guess last year there was no one in there that was exactly like me which is a good thing. Hopefully, I can have my own little niche.’

He also thinks working in business and past experiences of being grilled in the boardroom will also stand him in good stead.

However, he came away from the episode with a small fraction of the top prize - as well as huge respect for the show's legendary host

However, he came away from the episode with a small fraction of the top prize – as well as huge respect for the show’s legendary host

Paul adds: ‘People think that with a poker face you always have to be stern, be stoic and not show emotion, I disagree with that…

‘I think if you can show happiness when you’re really sad or sadness when you’re really happy, those are better qualities…

‘Reading people is another strength that I think I will bring when I go in, because I think I can see it in people’s face when something has changed.

‘I fancy myself here a little bit. I’m in the corporate world and that type of environment happens quite often; where you’re sat in a room and you’re being grilled and you’re defending yourself.

‘I’ve been in that situation quite a few times before. So, I think this is perfect.’

And if he does bank a big cash prize, Paul already knows what he’s going to spend it on. He explains: ‘It’ll have to be a house. For myself, my partner, our little boy and our dog – I need to get us all a house.

‘We’re renting at the moment and mortgage rates are just chaos, so if I can win the show or be part of a group of people that win the show then that is life changing for us.

‘The family, the house, nothing glamorous really, there’s no cars, parties or holidays, it’s: we need a roof over our heads and then that will set us up for the rest of our lives. Or a Ferrari.’

And if he does bank a big cash prize, Paul already knows what he's going to spend it on. He explains: 'It'll have to be a house. For myself, my partner, our little boy and our dog - I need to get us all a house'

And if he does bank a big cash prize, Paul already knows what he’s going to spend it on. He explains: ‘It’ll have to be a house. For myself, my partner, our little boy and our dog – I need to get us all a house’

And if he does bank a big cash prize, Paul already knows what he's going to spend it on. He explains: 'It'll have to be a house. For myself, my partner, our little boy and our dog - I need to get us all a house'

And if he does bank a big cash prize, Paul already knows what he’s going to spend it on. He explains: ‘It’ll have to be a house. For myself, my partner, our little boy and our dog – I need to get us all a house’

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