Darryn Lyons

Birthday: 19 August

Age: 46

Job: Paparazzo and celebrity guru

Star sign: Leo

Interesting fact: Darryn has a passion for interior design

Media personality, Darryn Lyons’ career has seen him turn from a photographer at a local paper to a war correspondent, award-winning photographer, television personality and chairman of a lucrative business empire. 

Famed for his paparazzo and celebrity guru status, Australian-born Lyons was given the title Mr Paparazzi for his celebrity scoops including exclusive photographs of Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayad, Rudolf Nuruyev and David Beckham and Rebecca Loos. 

Lyons’ work in journalism saw him providing coverage from the Bosnian war where he was subsequently kidnapped. 

He has appeared on various television shows, including the Australian version of Dragons’ Den and Paparazzi, which followed the workings of his company, Big Pictures, the world’s largest photo agency. 

Lyons says: ‘I’ve had ups and downs. I did the works: sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.  Then I woke up one day and said: “I’m over this” pulling myself out of that is one of my proudest moments.’

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