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Model Karl overcomes childhood bullies to fulfil dream as new Mr Ireland


The cast of Penny Dreadful

The cast of Penny Dreadful

The cast of Penny Dreadful

FROM boy band member, to bouncer, and now pageant king - actor and model Karl Bowe has just been named Mr Ireland.

The 25-year-old Crumlin native revealed to the Diary that he’ll be taking off to the UK this weekend to begin preparations for the Mr World 2014 competition on June 15.

Dubliner Karl will represent the Emerald Isle when he takes to the stage to compete against dozens of other good looking male contestants to be crowned the most eligible bachelor of the lot.

The dark-haired Dub beat 20 other hopefuls at a nationwide contest to represent Ireland in Mr World.

And he’s not concerned about any critics.

“I don’t mind at all what anyone says, there’s a market for men in this industry too - modelling is dominated by females and I think it’s great if guys can step up and compete as well.

“I know it’s sounds cheesy, but one of the main reasons I’m going is that when I was a kid, I was bullied a lot,” he said.

“So I’d like to consider myself a role model in some sense I suppose, to show young guys that you can achieve anything you want and don’t let people get you down, no matter how hard they are trying. It’s a big honour for me to go on to do this.”

Karl, who first got a taste of fame when his band Element made it through the initial rounds of The X Factor several years ago, said nerves are the last thing he’s worried about on the night.

“I’m more excited than anything else because it’ll be a great experience for me and hopefully it will lead to some more work, so there can only be positives to be gained as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

“I feel great about being Mr Ireland and one thing I find so impressive is that everyone is being so supportive - it’s overwhelming.

“It’s nothing to them to wish me well, but it means the world to me and it gives me a real confidence boost.”

The Dubliner is not just a pretty face - Karl has been carving out a career on the big and small screen over the past couple of years, landing parts in Jennifer Maguire’s RTE comedy The Clinic, as well as a minor role in Penny Dreadful. The Sky series stars Josh Hartnett in the lead part and for Karl, it was a lifetime achievement to work with the American heartthrob.

“I’m in scenes as a brothel owner which was interesting,” Karl told the Diary.“