August 09, 2017 09:23 GMT by mirror.co.uk

Who is Paul Danan? Everything you need to know about the former Hollyoaks star and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 housemate

Who is Paul Danan? Everything you need to know about the former Hollyoaks star and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 housemate

The former Hollyoaks star is likely to shake things up in the CBB house

In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles to get away from it all - but now he's made a dramatic return.

Paul Danan wanted to start over as an actor in the American city after appearing on the original Love Island the previous year.

Keen to get rid of the 'reality TV star tag', he was keen to get involved in films.

Now, 11 years later, he seems to have changed his mind as he has returned to reality TV for Celebrity Big Brother .

If history is any indication, the former Hollyoaks star is set to really shake things up.

Here is everything you need to know about him...

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Paul Danan is set to shake things up in the CBB villa

Who is Paul Danan and where is he from?

Paul Louis Danan was born on July 2, 1978 in Waltham Forest, north London, to a Jewish family.

After living in LA for a few years, he now lives in Hertfordshire and is a father himself. His son, DeNiro, was born in September 2015.

Paul, 39, also runs a drama club for local children in his neighbourhood.

He told the Jewish Telegraph : "I love kids and wanted to give something back from what I learned.

"So many kids nowadays are stuck inside playing on their computers and I hate that type of life for them.

"It is amazing for them to get out and take part in activities which capture their imaginations."

However, the now doting dad has somewhat of a checkered past: In February 2007, he was reported to have suffered a suspected heroin overdose and was treated at hospital.

In November of the same year, he let rip in front of thousands of children and parents at a Christmas lights switch-on in Preston, Lancashire where he was so abusive that he was hit with an £80 on-the-spot fine by police.

He later apologised for the incident, which cost him his lead role in Jack And The Beanstalk panto at the city’s Charter Theatre.

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In 2010, Paul was fined a total of £350 for drug possession and abusing police officers in Hertfordshire.

He admitted at Stevenage Magistrates' Court possessing cannabis and cocaine and a public order offence. He was also referred to a drugs agency for support and admitted "medicating myself" for anxiety and depression.

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Paul starred in Hollyoaks

Why is Paul Danan famous?

Danan is best known for his role in the Channel 4 show Hollyoaks as Sol Patrick, who he played between 1997 and 2001. Paul also appeared in the UK comedy Ten Minutes in 2003.

He took part in Celebrity Love Island in 2005 where he hit the headlines after his outrageous behaviour on the ITV2 show saw him sensationally removed.

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In one furious clash, a drunk Paul rowed with a fellow former Hollyoaks actor and was escorted out of the villa for the evening.

After the show, Paul slammed it claiming he was "misrepresented" by editing.

He said: "They cut it down to an hour a night and picked out my mad bits."

After the show finished he told Metro newspaper: "I will go back to LA because no one knows me from Celebrity Love Island. Also it’s easier to start from scratch as an actor.

"Over here, people are a bit more dubious because they think they’re hiring a reality star rather than remembering I’ve done a couple of films and was in Hollyoaks.

"There’s still the Love Island tag but I want to be treated as an actor."

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