Celebrity Big Brother fans convinced Nick Leeson is actually Paddy from Emmerdale

CELEBRITY Big Brother viewers are convinced Nick Leeson is actually Emmerdale's Paddy Kirk in disguise.

The rogue trader, 51, has told many shocking stories in the house so far, but its his striking likeness to the soap vet that has caught the attention of viewers.


Fans took to Twitter in their droves to share side-by-side photos of Nick and Paddy, played by Dominic Brunt, to prove their uncanny resemblance.

One wrote: "If Nick Leeson has no work after #CBB, he can always fill in for Paddy on #Emmerdale"

While another joked: "Has anyone ever seen Nick Leeson and Paddy from Emmerdale in the same room?"

Another added: "Knew I’d seen that Nick Leeson before he’s Paddy from emmerdale"

As others asked: "Why is Nick Leeson in disguise as Paddy off Emmerdale?" and "When did Nick Leeson turn into Paddy from Emmerdale?"

The former broker entered the house last Thursday, and has since left his housemates speechless with tales from his time on the run.

Nick was solely responsible for bringing down Barings Bank – the UK's oldest merchant bank – after making numerous fraudulent trades.

Leaving the company with £800million of debt, he fled the office in Singapore in 1995, before he was arrested in Germany and thrown in jail for six years.

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Recalling his arrest on the Channel 5 show, he said: "You know when you’re at the departure gates and they’ve all got TVs above them? My face is on every one of these TVs. I’ve got the collar up and got the hat on.”

Despite his past, The Sun revealed last week that Nick is one of the lowest paid contestants on this year's CBB, with a £40,000 pay packet.

Roxanne Pallett and Stormy Daniels topped the list at £750,000, but the porn star dropped out minutes before the show began, demanding more money from bosses.

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