Paul Chuckle shaves off moustache for the first time in nearly 50 years for charity

Paul Chuckle arriving at the British Academy Children's Awards at The Roundhouse in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

Paul Chuckle has shaved off his iconic moustache for the first time in nearly 50 years to help raise money for Marie Curie amid the coronavirus crisis.

The star, who grew his facial hair alongside his late brother and comedy partner Barry Chuckle, live-streamed himself giving himself the shave in front of a bathroom mirror.

The 72-year-old told of how he'd had the moustache for 49 years and it had been a long time since he'd had to shave his upper lip.

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Upon seeing his reflection after shearing off his trademark, Paul laughed at how white it was underneath due to lack of sun exposure.

Urging his followers to donate to Marie Curie, he said: "They are doing a great job and keeping pressure off the NHS."

Paul himself told followers back in March that he had been "laid-up" after suffering symptoms of the coronavirus, but has since recovered.

Matching moustaches were an iconic part of the Chuckle Brothers' look on ChuckleVision, which ran for 22 years between 1987 and 2009.

Paul's elder brother Barry sadly died in 2018 at the age of 73 after being diagnosed with bone cancer.

Paul Chuckle and Barry Chuckle of The Chuckle Brothers pose during a photo shoot on November 12, 2009 in Scarborough, England. *** Local Caption ***

The pair's older brother Jimmy Patton, who also appeared in ChuckleVision, passed away almost a year later in 2019.

Paul recently opened up about Barry's death during his stint on BBC show The Real Marigold Hotel.

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He told the camera: "Barry and I were partners for 55 years. He died in 2018. I really miss him. we were very close. I only found out six or seven weeks before he died that he’d got cancer at all.

"A few days before he did die, he did say, 'You will carry on, won’t you?' I said, “Well, I’ll try my best, mate'."