A man who tried to convince Canadian authorities he was an uppercrust Englishman suffering from memory loss, may in fact be a gay porn star from France.

The man has been using the name of Phillip Stauffen and is now living in seclusion in Vancouver. But the editor of a gay magazine in London now says a number of his readers have recognized Stauffen from his role in sex videos and from nude pictures.

The bizarre tale began when a man claiming to be mugging victim showed up a Toronto hospital two years ago. He told hospital staff he had no memory of his past life.

Nurses noted at the time that he was in great shape, had a nice tan, and his hands were immaculately manicured.

Now, the editor of a gay magazine in London has an explanation: he says the mystery man is in fact a model.

In an e-mail to CBC News, Sean Spence the editor of Vulcan magazine claims the man is 27-year-old George Lecheit.

Spence says Lecheit posed naked for publications such as Euroboy magazine and acted in videos such as At Home with Tom and Friends, and that's how he was recognized.

Several glossy shots of Lecheit appear to be mirror images of the man who now calls himself Phillip Stauffen.

Nonetheless, Insp. Steven Bone with the Toronto Police isn't ready to close the case yet.

"The photos I have seen certainly bear a resemblance. However, as an example, a journalist I spoke to yesterday who saw a photo we took in 1999 (and ) thought it looked a lot like a fellow he knew in London, Ont. 10 years ago."

At first, the case of the soft-spoken man with an uppercrust British accent generated intense interest when Stauffen tried to persuade a judge in B.C. to grant him Canadian citizenship.

The federal immigration minister was moved enough by Stauffen's plight to give him a special permit to stay here.

Stauffen is living in Vancouver. But now even his former lawyer has doubts that the memory loss story is for real.