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Only 16 months old ... but Niall's nephew is model tot

NIALL Horan's nephew Theo has added a lucrative modelling contract to his growing list of showbiz credentials.

He may be just over a year old, but the Mullingar tot already has his own website, a glossy monthly newsletter in the making and now he has signed with model boss Andrea Roche.

It seems his famous uncle is not the only member of the family that knows how to handle the attention of the camera.

"Everyone was so impressed with him. He's gorgeous and absolutely loved the camera so we're thrilled to have him join the agency," Roche said of Theo's modelling audition.

He impressed former Miss Ireland Roche at an open casting day. He now joins some of Ireland's top models on her books such as Roz Purcell and Pippa O'Connor.

One Direction's Niall accidentally caused his tiny nephew's rise to fame when he tweeted a picture of himself alongside Theo (left) on his social media account.


Now Theo has his own Twitter account, updated regularly by his parents. At just 16 months, he has almost half a million followers.

In July, Theo's parents launched a collection of commemorative coins to celebrate the youngster's first birthday.

The 20-carat gold plated coins were presented in a specially designed box and cost €22.

Fans of the toddler were also promised a 'follow' from the child's Twitter account.

On the home-page of his website Theo's parents penned a message for fans.

"We just can't believe how amazing our fans are. You are there for us all the time. When there are low points you are there to lift us back up.

"You love us all as a family and words can't explain how that makes us feel. You love Theo and uncle Niall so much and we know that Theo will grow up loving you back."

While Theo is embarking on life as a junior model, his uncle is set to start a new world tour.

One Direction are set for a second global tour - which will add to the band's considerable fortune. Industry experts have predicted that the 53-date tour to promote their fourth album, Four, could pocket the band upwards of €170m.