'I'm not the aggressive, extrovert banker I've been portrayed as'

Up to now, Nick Leeson has probably been best known as 'the man who brought down Barings Bank'.

However, his time on Celebrity Big Brother recently has brought him to the attention of a whole new audience, and he thinks the experience may even have been tougher than the four years he spent in prison.

Nick, who left the house on Tuesday, says he went in just wanting to be himself: "My mantra throughout was that if I do what I do normally, I'll be fine."

"The stories that I tell are all honest and truthful, so I think it was a true reflection of me."

The incident involving Roxanne Pallett and her false accusations against Ryan Thomas made headlines. Nick says he didn't see it at the time, "but that was because it was such a non-event."

"I'm not a gossip, I don't like getting involved in that sort of stuff, so for 24 hours I was oblivious to it."

He now feels the situation was like a performance from Roxanne Pallett: "She's an actress. It was like she was reading a script, and every day there was a new version of the script."

Nick says doing Celebrity Big Brother was a way for him to "reintroduce myself to a wider audience and hopefully get away from that perception of me as the aggressive, extrovert banker."

"I'm not that and never have been, but that was the way I was portrayed by the media for years."

He has been "pleasantly surprised" by the reception and positive comments he has received as a result.

Nick has been living in Ireland for the last 15 years. He moved here to be with his wife and says he loves the country and the people.

"I love the pace of life. I love the way the people are."

"There's a light-hearted approach to life, which is a breath of fresh air when you're used to the hustle and bustle of London."

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