Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Celebrity Bake Off 2023 is on its way back to our screens with a bizarre new line up.
Yup, the popular Channel 4 TV show is back for another instalment to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, and this year they’ve enlisted what might well be the most bonkers bunch of celebrity contestants ever to face Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the GBBO tent.
With huge names including Friends star David Schwimmer joining the likes of Paddy McGuinness and Gemma Collins joining a squad of 20 stars in the charity special, it’s no exaggeration to say that watching this year’s cohort will be somewhat resemblant of a fever dream.
Here’s what we know so far about the Celebrity Bake Off 2023…
Say hello to our baking friends. Meet the stars hitting the Bake Off Tent to raise some dough for a very special cause!
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) February 7, 2023
Who is in the Celebrity Bake Off 2023 line up?
The Celebrity Bake Off 2023 line up includes W1A’s Jessica Hynes, Olympic Swimmer Tom Daley, The Repair Shop‘s Jay Blades and Britannia actor David Morrissey.
Comedian Lucy Beaumont, radio broadcaster Adele Roberts and TV host, AJ Odudu will also be making an appearance on Celebrity GBBO, alongside Taskmaster comedian Mike Wozniak and Dragons Den investment tycoon, Deborah Meaden.
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Phew – there are certainly some characters in there!
Murder in Successville’s Tom Davis, Starstruck’s Rose Matafeo and Noughts + Crosses’ Judi Love will also joining the cast.
Plus, we have Paralympian and Strictly Come Dancing fave, Ellie Taylor, No More Jockeys‘ Tim Key and The Inbetweeners star Joe Thomas, who will be joining the likes of Loose Women’s Coleen Nolan and and Take Me Out presenter Paddy McGuinness on the lineup.
The 20-strong contestants list is completed by Little Mix singer, Jesy Nelson, Friends’ David Schwimmer and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins.
What. A. Lineup. Imagine Ross Geller sweating the fact that someone ate his sandwich whilst The GC shouts ‘I’ve had enough of playing games’ a few feet away from him. That could very well become a reality…
What is the Celebrity Bake Off 2023 start date?
Celebrity Bake Off bosses are yet to reveal an official start date for 2023, but we will keep you updated as soon as we know more.
All Channel 4 has told us so far is that the series airs “later this year” – so, we’re still in the dark on any further details at the moment.
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However, for reference, GBBO’s charity special launched on the 22nd March last year, and in 2021 it arrived on screens on March 9th, so it’s likely this year will follow a similar pattern.
We can expect the special to come in several parts, and each week a handful of the celebs will compete against each other to be crowned Star Baker of that episode.
Who will host Celebrity Bake Off 2023 and did Matt Lucas quit?
Whilst Matt Lucas did indeed quit Great British Bake Off last year, announcing he would no longer be hosting the main show due to scheduling conflicts, the good news is that he is going to be back fronting its charity special.
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He will be joining TV companion and GBBO regular, Noel Fielding, as a host on the 2023 Stand Up To Cancer instalment, and they’ll both be responsible for keeping the crazy cast in check.
Who else is ready for five weeks of baking chaos? Here’s hoping they ask Ross to make Rachel’s infamous trifle…