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Nadiya Hussain in the mix to succeed Toksvig on Bake Off

Contenders for a role on the show could include Nadiya Hussain, Jo Brand, Richard Ayoade, Joe Lycett, Jenny Ryan and Liam Charles.

Nadiya Hussain in the mix to succeed Toksvig on Bake Off (PA Wire/PA)
Nadiya Hussain in the mix to succeed Toksvig on Bake Off (PA Wire/PA)

By Tom Horton, PA

Nadiya Hussain has emerged as the 2-1 favourite to replace Sandi Toksvig as a host on Bake Off, according to bookmakers William Hill.

Jo Brand (6-1) is also listed as a contender alondside a number of other TV favourites.

Here the PA news agency takes a look at some of the people who could be in line for a role on the show.

– Nadiya Hussain

Hussain is a former winner of the show (Jess Spicer/PA)

After winning the show in 2015, Hussain has gone on to carve out a successful broadcasting and food-writing career.

She landed her own TV series, including The Chronicles Of Nadiya and Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, and has become a household name.

Hussain was also awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and to the culinary arts.

– Jo Brand

Brand hosts the programme’s spin-off show Extra Slice (Jon Cottam/PA)

Brand, who has fronted the baking show’s spin-off Extra Slice, could be in line for a role on the main programme.

When Bake Off moved from the BBC to Channel 4, Brand was the odds-on favourite to front the series, according to William Hill.

Back in 2013, Brand also appeared on the Comic Relief version of the show.

– Richard Ayoade

Ayoade has had other hosting gigs with Channel 4 including Crystal Maze and Travel Man (Ian West/PA)

Comedian and filmmaker Ayoade has a history of hosting Channel 4 programmes – having presented Crystal Maze, Travel Man and Gadget Man.

He has also racked up a number of TV appearances alongside existing Bake Off host Noel Fielding on the Big Fat Quiz Of The Year and Gadget Man.

– Joe Lycett

(Ian West/PA)

A former contestant on the Great Celebrity Bake Off, comedian Lycett may also be considered for the role.

He also has experience of working with Channel 4 after being named as Ayoade’s replacement on Travel Man after appearing as a guest on the show.

– Jenny Ryan

The Chase’s Jenny Ryan has said that she would be interested in the presenting gig (Ian West/PA)

The Chase star has thrown her hat into the ring to succeed Toksvig on Bake Off.

Following the announcement that a vacancy has appeared on the show, she tweeted: “I like cakes. I like biscuits. I like bread. I like tents. Just putting that out there.”

– Liam Charles

(Ian West/PA)

Former Bake Off contestant Charles, who has also been a judge on the programme’s junior spin-off, could be considered as a replacement for Toksvig.

While he did not win the competition, Charles proved a hit with fans of the show and was subsequently handed his own six-part series titled Liam Bakes.



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