Traitors winner Harry reveals how he's STILL trying to regain the trust of hoodwinked co-star Mollie... and what he has done with his £95,000 win

Harry Clark won a whopping £95,000 after appearing on the Traitors TV show  READ MORE: Harry Clark, 23, recalls wanting to 'end it all' ** If you need to speak to someone, you can call The Samaritans on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org ** 

Harry Clark is a liar, we've all seen it on the telly. How can anyone believe a word he says ever again?

'Ha! It's just a game,' says the young former soldier with a nervous laugh, having deceived millions of viewers and his fellow contestants to win £95,000 on The Traitors.

'I have my family and they know who I am. If someone doesn't trust me because I played the game then I would say, 'You go and put a cloak on and play it as a traitor and see how you adapt.' I feel like some people would do a lot worse things than I did.'

Harry, who was a Lance Corporal in the Army during the show, is a handsome 23-year-old with a strong handshake and an easy laugh who seems trustworthy in the flesh, with just a hint of innocence.

He certainly came across as a really nice bloke to viewers and those he shared a shadowy castle with in the darkly compelling reality show hosted by Claudia Winkleman – even as he was secretly voting to 'murder' his rivals.

He became such good friends with a healthcare assistant and model called Mollie Pearce that some viewers thought they might date when it was all over.

Then came the breathtaking final, when Harry and Mollie were the only two left. He swore he was not a traitor and she believed him, but Harry was lying and took all the money. Mollie stormed off in an angry rage. What happened next?

Harry Clark is a liar, we've all seen it on the telly. How can anyone believe a word he says ever again?

Harry Clark is a liar, we've all seen it on the telly. How can anyone believe a word he says ever again?

'It was a weird feeling, because it was a genuine friendship with Mollie, but then I had just won 95 grand and I couldn't wait to tell my family.

'Afterwards I was like, 'Can I see her?' She wanted to see me too. She just said, 'You don't need to worry or stress, no one will hate you. If I could've done that I would've, you deserved to win.'

They remain on friendly terms, as is obvious from their TV appearances together. Harry is grateful for her forgiveness but it sounds like he feels he still has some work to do.

Mollie said on camera that he owed her a holiday, at least, so is he going to try to make it up to her? 'I would rather work to prove myself to her. I don't want to go and just shower someone with gifts. I need to prove that you can trust me. I am a friend.'

Not a lover though, he's got one of those. Harry has been dating CBBC presenter and influencer Anna Maynard for the past two years.

They met in a nightclub in Brighton when he was down in her home city watching a boxing match, long before he was famous.

Her brother is the pop star Conor Maynard and another brother Jack is a YouTuber. 'That family is amazing. They have worked very hard to get where they are. They helped me negotiate my way through all this.'

He's had to get used to a sudden intense interest in his private life, including viewers who doubted whether he was telling the truth about a humble upbringing in Slough when they searched social media and found pictures of him posing on a private jet. Harry says that was thanks to the Maynards.

'Luckily, I got on with Anna's brothers and they invited me on a trip involving a private jet. I thought, 'This is mental.'

The Traitors made Harry so famous so fast that within weeks Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey was playing him in a spoof movie version for Comic Relief.

The real Harry popped up at the last moment as himself, before getting whacked around the head with a frying pan by the real Mollie.

He sounds as if he is still in a daze. 'I still don't believe people want to see my big head on screens. I'm just a normal guy from a council estate in Slough.'

A normal guy with Army training in aviation engineering, who started out on helicopters but has been maintaining drones for 47 Regiment of the Royal Artillery.

Harry won a whopping £95,000 on The Traitors. He is pictured alongside the show's host, Claudia Winkleman

Harry won a whopping £95,000 on The Traitors. He is pictured alongside the show's host, Claudia Winkleman

'The Watchkeeper drone can only fly in warm weather, so I thought, 'I can work and get a tan at the same time,' says Harry, who has served overseas but was more recently stationed in Wiltshire.

'The Traitors came about when I'd already signed off to leave the Army. I had done six years. I was ready to move on, start my own family, be back home.'

He took leave to compete in The Traitors. 'I thought there was no way somebody from the Army could do a thing like that but they said, 'This is an amazing opportunity, you're leaving anyway, this could set you up.' I can never be more grateful for how open-minded they were to let me do this.'

It paid off. 'Online searches for 'a job in the Army' shot through the roof while I was in The Traitors. People could think, 'I want to be like him, to handle myself and have control of my emotions.'

He didn't leave the Armed Forces until March, after the win.

So what's next for him? 'I'm going to work like a donkey to grab whatever comes with both hands. My number one ambition is to stay in broadcasting.'

He's signed up with a talent agency, started appearing on podcasts about subjects as wide as politics and fishing and programmes like Loose Women alongside Mollie, and This Morning.

He's even playing DJ sets around the country, realising a dream that was previously out of reach. 'I love music. Getting decks was too pricey before, but now I've had the chance to go to DJ lessons.'

But adjusting to fame has its challenges. 'A few times, someone's told me they hate me. You can't win with everyone. I could be the most amazing person but someone will still say, 'You're ugly, that earring is stupid.' Half the time they then say, 'Can I have a photo? My daughter loves you.'

Ah yes, that earring. A dangly golden cross that caught the attention of viewers. 'I never had piercings before. Anna pierced my ears. I come from this macho-man family and I'm the complete opposite: I'd wear pink fluffy jumpers, I just don't care what anyone thinks.'

It turns out there's a deeper meaning to that cross. Harry the Judas is a man of faith. 'Yeah, Catholic. My mum is very religious.'

Harry, who was a Lance Corporal in the Army during the show, is a handsome 23-year-old with a strong handshake and an easy laugh who seems trustworthy in the flesh, with just a hint of innocence

Harry, who was a Lance Corporal in the Army during the show, is a handsome 23-year-old with a strong handshake and an easy laugh who seems trustworthy in the flesh, with just a hint of innocence

How does he square that with what he's done? Harry laughs again and shares a vision of the afterlife which reveals both his worries and a confidence in his own ability to charm anyone.

'I'll be at the gates of Heaven and God will be standing there saying, 'I've got this note on my desk, you were a traitor and lied to everyone, the whole country.'

What will he say to the Almighty? 'It was a game, mate. It is what it is.' Hopefully He'll believe it…'

Right then, given this faith and the fact he's not playing the game any more, let's have the truth. What's life really like on The Traitors?

Does he believe the reports that people who have auditioned for series three have formed secret WhatsApp group chats and agreed to try to cheat with code words? 'I don't know how they'd manage it. I didn't meet any of the contestants beforehand.'

It's tense on screen but weren't they all hanging out with Claudia at the end of a long day's shooting?

'No. That was the biggest surprise. I thought once they'd turned off the cameras everyone would go for a drink, but you're not allowed – it ruins the game. If you do, you're gone anyway.'

He means you'd be told to leave. 'The only time you ever get to speak to or see each other is when the cameras are on. As soon as they're switched off you're isolated with a production member and kept in your own bubble.'

The contestants don't actually stay at 19th-century Ardross Castle where the show is filmed, but at the £70-a-night Courtyard Hotel 40 minutes away in Inverness. Security guards patrol to stop them colluding.

'You give your phones in. No internet access.' What did he do instead? 'Sleep. Everyone was struggling but it was easier for me because of Army training. I can sleep anywhere, under any pressure.'

Harry has been dating CBBC presenter and influencer Anna Maynard for the past two years. Above: Anna pictured with her brothers Jack and Conor

Harry has been dating CBBC presenter and influencer Anna Maynard for the past two years. Above: Anna pictured with her brothers Jack and Conor

Harry was contractually obliged to keep his mouth shut about the life-changing win for four months, until the final was broadcast.

'That was the hardest situation I've ever been in in my life. I was 22. I wanted to run down the street with my top off, swinging it around and going, 'Guys, I've just done this!'

How did he handle it? 'Growing up through the Army has taught me how to compartmentalise my emotions. It must sound crazy, but I just thought, 'I'm going to take all these feelings out of my brain, put them into a box, lock it and put a chain around it. Then I'm going back to work like nothing's happened.' That sounds cold, but it is how he won. 'I just disconnected from the role of a traitor.'

His Army training served him well in the show. 'My mum calls me the smartest dumb person in the world. My brain is wired backwards.

'I don't even know the alphabet, because I just skip bits. But I know the alphabet in sharks.' Sorry? 'If you say any letter, I can tell you a shark species. I am obsessed with sharks. The other way my brain works is that I'm terrible for general knowledge, but for problem solving – or in a game situation where I need to plan – that's when I take off.'

After his win Harry revealed these habits helped him survive a period when depression made him feel suicidal.

Working with The Samaritans, a charity that supports those struggling with mental health, he said, 'At 21 I went through a bad time. I was in the darkest place you could be. I had feelings of wanting to end it all. I was quite an angry kid. But the Army made me the man I am today. I began facing my emotions and learned to give myself time to be angry and sad.'

Focusing on his family helped. 'When I went to the Traitors castle it wasn't for myself, it was to better the lives of my mum, dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, my girlfriend… I could live under a bridge tomorrow, but as long as my family and friends are there I'll be as happy as I am now.'

Harry has four brothers and sisters. His parents are Daniel, who works at Heathrow, and Georgia, a nursing sister at A&E in Slough.

Surely he didn't keep his win from them? 'I told my mum and dad, but that was it. They were so good. I don't know how they kept the secret. It was crazy to go back to work and act like nothing happened.'

What's he done with the money? 'I haven't done anything yet. I live at home, so I don't need to spend it. The only thing I've done is paid off my family's personal debts. I'll save the rest, work as hard as I can then look to move out in the future.'

Some young men would've blown the lot, but Harry knows what he wants to achieve. 'I don't want a private jet, flashy watches or cars. I want a house big enough so there are no neighbours, so we can make as much noise as we want. We'll all be there on Christmas Day with room for everyone to sit around one table.

'That's been my dream from the start. The thought of it makes me cry,' says Harry, the soldier who fooled us all – and from the look in his eyes, I believe him.

Harry recently fronted the Environment Agency's Spring Fishing Licence campaign which highlights the wellbeing benefits of fishing. For info visit www.gov.uk/fishing- licences/buy-a-fishing-licence.

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