‘Can’t believe it’s the same guy!’: Eighties heartthrob Paul Nicholas, 76, shocks fans with rare TV appearance 40 YEARS after Just Good Friends

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  • The actor rose to fame in the 1983 BBC sitcom Just Good Friends, in which he played Vince alongside co-star Jan Francis, who starred as Penny.
  • Paul, 76, appeared on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning as he spoke about his budding rap career

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He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the eighties who enthralled the audience playing the role of Vince in Just Good Friends.

Yet Paul Nichols looked unrecognizable Tuesday as he made a rare TV appearance on This Morning to discuss his budding rap career.

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The 74-year-old actor’s fans were left in shock as they were unable to recognize the star even after four decades of his acting career.

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‘Can’t believe it’s the same guy!’: Paul Nichols, 76, stunned fans with a rare TV appearance Tuesday, 40 years after starring in Just Good Friends

Iconic: He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the eighties who enthralled audiences playing Vince in Just Good Friends (portrayed with co-star Jan Francis)

Iconic: He was one of the TV heartthrobs of the eighties who enthralled audiences playing Vince in Just Good Friends (portrayed with co-star Jan Francis)

As Paul has kept a relatively low profile over the past four decades, fans were stunned to see the star for the first time, writing: ‘Blimy I decon not Paul Nichols!!’; ‘Paul Nichols Looks Quite Different’;

‘Seeing Paul Nichols this morning..goodness can’t believe it’s Sam the boy’; ‘I didn’t recognize Paul Nichols this morning…..’;

‘Omg I Just Loved Paul Nichols in Good Friends #TheMorning; ‘Paul Nichols is a rapper now?’;

Then: Paul (pictured in 1998) earned himself instant sex symbol status with his flashy blue eyes and fluff of blonde curls when he burst onto the scene

Now: The star has continued acting in recent years

Then and Now: Paul (pictured at left in 1998) earned himself instant sex symbol status with his flashy blue eyes and fluff of blonde curls that burst onto the scene

Who is he?  The 74-year-old actor's fans were left in shock as they were unable to recognize the star even after four decades of his acting career.

Who is he? The 74-year-old actor’s fans were left in shock as they were unable to recognize the star even after four decades of his acting career.

‘I loved Paul Nichols in the ’70s. Bought all his records, saw him perform in a recording of Supersonic and met him at the pub after TZ’s performance at the Royal Court.’;

After seeing and hearing stories from the great Paul Nichols on #TheMorning – isn’t it time @goldchannel revisits the classic Just Good Friends? Or maybe #bbc4? Such a big show in the 80s and would be a nice break from the same shows on rotation.

It was not just Paul’s change in appearance that shocked the audience, but also his admission that he now wants to be a rapper.

Unexpected: It wasn't just Paul's change in appearance that shocked the audience, but his admission that he wanted to be a rapper

Unexpected: It wasn’t just Paul’s change in appearance that shocked the audience, but his admission that he now wants to be a rapper

Asked why he took up a new career, Paul said: ‘It’s more present and I enjoy it.’

Admitting that he is no longer a fan of pop music, he stated that the lyrics to his new rap include: ‘Justin Bieber wants to make me vomit’.

Paul began life as a pop star under the stage name Paul Dean before pursuing a career in musical theater.

Her pop career began in 1976, with Starr having three Top 20 hits with Reggae Like It Used to Be, Dancing with the Captain and Grandma’s Party.

Their 1977 single, Heaven on the 7th Floor, reached the UK Top 40, topped the charts in New Zealand and peaked at six on the Billboard Hot 100.

Heartthrob: The actor (portrayed in 1978) began life as a pop star under the stage name Paul Dean before pursuing a career in musical theater.

Heartthrob: The actor (portrayed in 1978) began life as a pop star under the stage name Paul Dean before pursuing a career in musical theater.

In the mid-1970s he also hosted his own children’s television pop show, Paul – Seeing No Evil (1971), What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972), Stardust (1974), and Three for All (1975).

He became a household name in 1983 playing the ultra-lovable Vince Pinner on Just Good Friends, who earned himself instant sex symbol status with his charming blue eyes and blonde curls.

Paul also sang the theme tune for the show, which ran from 1983–1986—and was later nominated for a BAFTA. He starred alongside Jane Francis, who played Penny Warrender.

He later returned to the stage, starring in musicals including Jekyll and Hyde, …

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