Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood 'absolutely devastated' as photo emerges of him dressed as a Nazi

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Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has said he is “absolutely devastated” to have caused offence after a photo emerged of him dressed as a Nazi.

The photo shows the baker grinning as he stands in a pub in Kent wearing a grey jacket, red swastika armband, Iron Cross and a badge featuring the white Nazi eagle. His fancy dress outfit is completed with a Third Reich cap.

After the picture was published for the first time in the Sun, the TV judge responded and said the photograph was taken in 2003.

He said he was on his way to a themed party and was dressed as a character from sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo, set in German-occupied France during the Second World War.

“I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone,” Mr Hollywood said.

“The picture was taken 14 years ago en route to a comedy TV shows-themed New Year’s Eve party and a group of us dressed up as characters from the classic TV show ‘Allo ‘Allo.

Bake Off veteran Paul Hollywood with his new co-stars. (PA)

“Everyone who knows me, knows I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”

The photo shows Bake Off personality Mr Hollywood posing alongside a companion, also in a military uniform.

During an episode of BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2015, Mr Hollywood, 51, learned about the experiences of his grandfather Norman Harman during World War II, when he served as an anti-aircraft gunner.

In 2003, when the photo was taken, Mr Hollywood was a rising celebrity chef. His first book, 100 Great Breads, was published in 2004.

Celebrities and people in the public eye have often found themselves in hot water after wearing Nazi outfits. Prince Harry is possibly the most famous example, after being pictured wearing a German desert uniform and swastika armband at a birthday party in 2005.

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