Ex-model Gail Porter bankrupt over tax debt

Former television presenter and model Gail Porter has been declared bankrupt following a petition from HMRC over unpaid tax bills

Porter’s bankruptcy was confirmed at the High Court on 17 January, where she was said to owe more than £100,000 in tax on her earnings.

A former 1990s pin-up, once had her image beamed onto the Houses of Parliament for men’s magazine FHM, Porter has experienced a string of serious mental and physical health problems, including alopecia and bipolar disorder in the two decades since the height of her fame.

She has also battled with post-natal depression and while her television career faltered, she lost her mother to cancer in 2009. Porter’s career had improved in recent times, as she appeared on Radio Scotland panel show The Fame Game and picked up work as a pundit for Channel 5 compilation shows.

Porter joins a roll call of former household name stars to have run into serious financial problems ending in bankruptcy, including Duncan James, singer with boyband Blue, ex Eastenders star Martine McCutcheon and reality TV and popstar Kerry Katona.

Paul Rouse, partner and head of the national creditor services division of Mazars, said: ‘Often, a celebrity has a sporadic income, with small peaks and long troughs.

‘In this age of 15 minutes of fame, the lifestyle that they aspire to and the lifestyle that they enjoy when times are good and when work floods in, is unsustainable when times are bad, either professionally and personally. Often there is a sad tale behind the scenes and they are not always well represented or advised properly in matters of finance.’

Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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