Paul Hollywood and his new wife Melissa Spalding were pictured for the first time since tying the knot as they made a surprise visit to the set of Emmerdale on Monday.
The Great British Bake Off presenter, 57, and his wife, 39, were spotted sitting on the Dingles’ leather sofa at the legendary West Yorkshire farm, just over two weeks after their luxury wedding in Cyprus.
The couple dated Samson, played by Sam Hall; Sam, played by James Hooton; Mandy, played by Lisa Riley and Lydia, played by Karen Blick.
The Dingle crew were grinning from ear to ear as they posed for a photo with the television personality.
Another photo, posted to Emmerdale’s X – formerly known as Twitter – account, showed Paul casually leaning on the village’s iconic ‘Emmerdale’ street sign.
The Dingle crew: Paul Hollywood and his new wife Melissa Spalding were pictured for the first time since tying the knot as they visited the Emmerdale set on Monday
Strike a pose: The Great British Bake Off host, 57, and his wife, 39, were seen sitting on the Dingles’ leather sofa at the legendary West Yorkshire farm
The photos made some devoted soap fans wonder if he could be involved in future shows.
One wrote: “So that’s who’s in the chair tonight,” while another commented: “I hope he doesn’t audition to replace Jane Hudson!”
Despite mixed opinions about Paul’s presence on the show, Emmerdale confirmed to MailOnline: ‘It was just a behind-the-scenes visit to the show so he won’t be appearing on Emmerdale anytime soon.’
The ITV studio explained that Paul spent the day exploring the village and their studios.
Paul remarried just over two weeks ago, tying the knot with the cafe owner of a luxury hotel in Cyprus in the presence of his nearest and dearest, but his son Josh, 21, was noticeably absent.
Around 75 of the star’s ‘closest’ friends and family – including fellow GBBO judge Prue Leith – cheered the couple on at their wedding.
The wedding took place in the beautiful Ayia Athanasia Chapel which is part of the luxurious Anassa Hotel, located on the northwestern Akamas Peninsula, one of the most unspoilt areas of the holiday island.
However, it wasn’t quite the family celebration he had hoped for as his son Josh, from his first marriage to Alex, was not there.
Married: Paul remarried just over two weeks ago, marrying the pub landlord, 39, at a luxury hotel in Cyprus, with his nearest and dearest in attendance (the couple pictured in 2021)
Beautiful: they got married in the beautiful Ayia Athanasia Chapel which is part of the luxurious Anassa Hotel
Speculation: Soap fans couldn’t resist drawing their own conclusions about why Paul was pictured on the iconic set of Emmerdale
Melissa’s family attended in droves, with the family pub – The Checkers Inn in Smarden, Kent – closed from September 16 to 26 for the festivities.
In 2019, ex-wife Alex’s spokesperson revealed that Josh had not seen or spoken to the star since his father left the marital home – and began a romance with young barmaid Summer Monteys-Fullam.
In 2020, Alex described herself as a “single mother” during a podcast.
Paul has been dating Melissa for the past three years and is said to have quietly proposed in 2022.
The wedding festivities kicked off in early September when Paul and some of his guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal at the rustic Viklari Castle restaurant, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
It is considered the best barbecue in Cyprus and the TV star once described it as his most favorite restaurant.
Paul and Melissa were also photographed sunbathing and relaxing on a beach near their five-star hotel with their loved ones as they prepared for their big day.
The luxurious Anassa Hotel opened in 1998 and is described as a traditional village with Greek and Italian design elements.
The main outdoor venue is the Village Square, which can accommodate up to 300 guests, while the chapel provides a beautiful backdrop.
Weddings at the opulent property can cost up to £100,000, with the hotel proud to offer a luxurious service for your special day, making it one of the world’s top wedding destinations.
Rooms at the hotel start at around £400 per night, while villas with a private pool cost almost £4,000 per night.
Let the celebrations begin! It was followed by a reception and then an all-night party in the hotel’s entertainment area, which ended until the early hours