This year’s contestants for the Great British Bake Off have been formally introduced to their audience – and the cast of lovable characters includes a baker who uses a prosthetic leg!

The Channel 4 show is set to return to our screens on 22 September, a little later than usual due to the global pandemic. It will see the first time that Matt Lucas is in the tent with Noel Fielding, having replaced Sandi Toksvig as a host, who was present on the show between 2017 and 2019.

Fans of the show were formally introduced to the cast via the show’s Twitter this morning, and we got to know the 12 contestants who will be entering the tent this season a little better. The cast includes Dave, a 30-year-old security guard from Hampshire who bakes while listening to punk rock; Sura, 31, a pharmacy dispenser who infuses her baking with stunning flavours from her Middle Eastern heritage; Northern Irish Mark, 32, who fell in love with baking in a pie shop in Edinburgh and never looked back; and professional badminton player Peter, 20, from Edinburgh, whose love affair with baking began with Bake Off!

We were also introduced to 51-year-old Marc, a single parent and support worker from Leicester, who has entered the competition to “show his daughters that even when life throws obstacles at you, you can rise to new challenges and develop new passions.”

Marc lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016, and took up baking bread as a form of therapy. From there, he began baking cakes and pastries. Aside from his hobby of baking, Marc is also a mountain climber. He has previously worked as a landscape photographer, and is currently a bronze resin sculptor.

You can catch Marc and the rest of the GBBO contestants on 22 September, but if you just can’t wait for then, Jo Brand will be back with spin-off show The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Channel 4 on Friday 18 September. In the meantime, you can read our interview with series nine favourite Briony here!

On your marks, get set…bake!

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