Great British Bake Off fans shocked as Prue Leith reveals age 🎂

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by Nathan Katnoria |
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Just when we were recovering from the shock of finding out Noel Fielding’s real age, The Great British Bake Off went and dropped another bombshell on us when Prue Leith revealed how old she was.

After setting the bakers the difficult task of rustling up a Sussex Pond pudding during the technical challenge last series, Prue was chatting to Noel and co-host Matt Lucas about the traditional 17th century dessert when she casually let slip that she was 80.

WHAT? That’s it, we’re on a strictly cake-only diet from now on.

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Stunned viewers took to social media to share their disbelief at Prue’s age, with many thinking that she was much younger.

“I am soo surprised that Prue Leith is 80 - she looks so fantastic,” tweeted one.

A second exclaimed, “Prue is 80?! Looking good girl!”

“Prue is 80?! She looks amazing! Proof that cakes and bakes are good for you,” wrote a third.

One more astonished fan remarked, “Prue is EIGHTY?!?!?!?!?!?! THOUGHT SHE WAS IN HER 60s WTFFF.”

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Edd Kimber The Great British Bake Off1 of 19

Edd Kimber then

The first ever GBBO was a far cry from the show of today, with only ten contestants competing across just six weeks. There wasn't even a weekly Star Baker. In the end, former debt collector Edd Kimber (far left) was crowned the winner.

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Edd Kimber now

Following his big win, Edd has released three cookbooks and also runs food blog The Boy Who Bakes. He's even worked at world-renowned restaurant Le Manoir and regularly contributes to food magazines including BBC Good Food, Delicious and Waitrose Kitchen.

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Jo Wheatley then

Mum-of-three Jo Wheatley triumphed over fellow finalists Holly Bell and Mary-Anne Boermans in 2011.

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Jo Wheatley now

Jo has released two cookbooks, A Passion For Baking and Home Baking, written a column for Sainsburys magazine and launched her own cookery school from her Essex home since winning Bake Off.

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John Whaite then

Series three winner John Whaite went into the final as an underdog but baked his way to success and took home the trophy after impressing Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

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John Whaite now

John has been VERY busy since winning the show in 2012. Not only has he gained his patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, released four cookery books and judged ITV cookery competition Chopping block, but John also opened his own cookery school called John Whaite's Kitchen. He even returned to his pre-Bake Off career in law in 2018 when he began working as a barrister.

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Frances Quinn then

Frances was crowned Bake Off winner in 2013 after creating a show-stopping three-tier wedding cake in the final.

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Frances Quinn now

Frances released recipe book Quintessential Baking in 2015 and has made a number of TV and radio appearances on shows like This Morning. In 2019, she hit the headlines when she was banned from her local Waitrose after allegedly being caught shoplifting.

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Nancy Birtwhistle then

Nancy beat 2014 favourite Richard Burr after creating a miniature version of Paris' Moulin Rouge.

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Nancy Birtwhistle now

Nancy runs her own baking blog where she regularly shares recipes with fans. She also travels the country for the many food demonstrations she does.

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Nadiya Hussain then

Perhaps one of the most famous Bake Off contestants of all time, Nadiya won the hearts of the British public in 2015 with her incredible bakes.

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Nadiya Hussain now

Nadiya has been hella successful since winning GBBO - she's hosted several TV shows for the BBC, released a cook book, a children's book AND a novel and has even baked a birthday cake for the Queen. In 2017, she was named by Debrett's as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK.

Candice Brown The Great British Bake Off13 of 19

Candice Brown then

Candice was known for her lipstick choices just as much as she was for her bakes during her time on the show.

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Candice Brown now

Just like many Bake Off winners before her, Candice has released her own recipe book Comfort: Delicious Bakes and Treats. As well as running her own pub in Bedfordshire, she regularly appears on shows like This Morning and Loose Women and competed in Dancing On Ice in 2018 but was eliminated first.

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Sophie Faldo then

Sophie was the first Bake Off winner to be crowned after the show's big move from the BBC to Channel 4 but her win was spoiled when new judge Prue Leith accidentally tweeted the news hours before the final aired. Oops!

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Sophie Faldo now

Sophie admitted that she struggled with life in the limelight after she won the show and mainly avoids the public eye. She does still share her passion for baking on Instagram though and is training to be a stunt woman.

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Rahul Mandal then

Rahul beat the odds (remember when the glass smashed into his mixture in the final?) to bake his way to victory and became a national treasure in the process.

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Rahul Mandal now

Rahul has returned to his job as an engineering researcher at the University of Sheffield since winning back off but still shares his baking creations with fans on Instagram.

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David Atherton

David made history last year when he became the first Bake Off champion to have never won Star Baker. Since then, he's begun writing a weekly cookery column for The Guardian and released his first cookbook, aptly titled My First Cookbook.

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The British-South African chef and food writer joined the baking show in 2016 when it moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and has quickly become a favourite with viewers. Although she did accidentally reveal the winner of the 2017 series hours before the final aired, oops.

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This all comes after Bake Off fans were left shook after discovering Noel Fielding was 47.

The Mighty Boosh star Noel dropped a number of hints about his age throughout the episode and eventually revealed that he was nearing 50 when he performed a dance with Matt Lucas and told the confused younger bakers that “they’d have to be over 45 to get it”.

Viewers took to social media to share their disbelief after discovering that Noel is in fact 47, a year older than co-host Matt.

One posted, “Noel is 47?! Am I the only one who is in shock at this revelation?”

Another stunned viewer asked, “HOW IS NOEL FIELDING 47?”

A third added “Biggest shocker this week is finding out that Noel Fielding is 47!”

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