The Great British Bake Off is back! So let’s meet the bakers

But who will take the Bake Off crown?

by Anna Lewis |
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Hip, hip, hooray! The Great British Bake Off is returning to our telly boxes next Wednesday (5 August), and quite frankly we couldn’t be happier!


Master bakers, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, have their sleeves rolled up and are all set to get back in the Bake Off tent with presenters Mel and Sue in eight days.

But wait a minute… what about the contestants?

Well, luckily we’ve got them all here for you in a handy little gallery. Check it out!


Bake Off bakers

Ugna, 321 of 12

Ugna, 32

Ugna's a keen bodybuilder who moved from her homecountry, Lithuania, to Essex, where she now lives with her partner and two children.

Tamal, 292 of 12

Tamal, 29

Tamal is a trainee anaesthetist, whose biggest Bake Off fear is the judges thinking a child has done his piping. Sad times...

Dorret, 533 of 12

Dorret, 53

Dorret is an acocuntant who's been baking for 40 years, and likes working with chocolate and booze. But, then again... who doesn't?

Ian, 414 of 12

Ian, 41

Former travel photographer, Ian, is a stay-at-home dad most of the time. But when the Dalai Lama comes to visit the UK he works as his personal snapper. Cool, huh?

Sandy, 495 of 12

Sandy, 49

Sandy's a child welfare officer, which includes her running a cookery club for children from deprived backgrounds.

Mat, 376 of 12

Mat, 37

Mat learnt to bake in between working shifts as a firefighter in London.

Nadiya, 307 of 12

Nadiya, 30

Nadiya is a full-time mum of three and the daughter of a restaurant owner, so she comes from a family of foodies.

Alvin, 378 of 12

Alvin, 37

Alvin's a nurse, and lives with his wife and two young children in Bracknell. He comes across as cool as a cucumber, but can get pretty nervous... especially around caramel.

Marie, 669 of 12

Marie, 66

Marie was put forward for TGBBO by her daughter, despite her saying she couldn't even boil an egg when her children were growing up!

Stu, 3510 of 12

Stu, 35

Stu is a professional musician who likes experimenting with Middle Eastern spices.

Flora, 1911 of 12

Flora, 19

Flora is this year's youngest Bake Off contestant, and says her harshest critics are her two younger sisters

Paul, 4912 of 12

Paul, 49

Paul's a former Coldstream Guard who performed ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace. Oh, and he loves sugarcraft.

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