Irish influencer Paddy Smyth makes an impact after debuting on The Circle

The disabled social media activist has joined the series as a new "player"


Irish influencer Paddy Smyth made his debut on Channel 4’s The Circle on Friday night – and he made a serious impact.

During a special live show, the 31-year-old was revealed as a brand new “player”, and viewers quickly warmed to him.

Paddy, who was born with cerebral palsy in his legs, said he hopes to find people who “like me for me and not my crutches.”

While Paddy had a great introduction, unfortunately he annoyed some viewers by admitting he didn’t like Tim – who is beloved by fans of the show.

Viewers took to Twitter to slam Paddy for “disrespecting” Tim, but we’re sure the Dubliner will win them over in no time.

The popular series, which first aired last year, bills itself as a game based around social media, with the concept that “anyone can be anyone in The Circle”.

Contestants live in the same building, but are never allowed to meet, and they communicate solely using their profiles on a specially-designed app – giving them the ability to portray themselves in any way they choose.

The players compete to be crowned the most popular, and there’s a £100,000 cash prize up for grabs.