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Dynasty's Linda Evans 'open' to replacing Mary Berry on Bake Off

The 73-year-old, who played Krystle Carrington in the soap, is a "massive baking fan".

Dynasty actress Linda Evans is reportedly being considered to replace departing judge Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off.

The much-loved baking series came to an end on the BBC on Wednesday night (26Oct16), its final episode on the network bar festive specials. Mary and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc won't be going with the programme when it moves to Channel 4 with judge Paul Hollywood next year (17), and The Sun reports bosses are looking at Linda as a potential replacement for Mary.

"Linda is a massive baking fan and is open to the idea," a source told the newspaper. "Following Mary is a tough act but she’s a huge name and a TV legend in her own right.

"She gets asked to do a lot of things but refuses most, but this is something that has caught her eye."

As well as acting, Linda has won over fans with appearances on U.S. chat show The View, and has also been asked to be a guest on ITV's Loose Women.

However, a representative for Love Productions, who make Bake Off, told the paper: "No formal approaches have been made yet."

Mary, Mel and Sue are expected to be joining forces for a new show on the BBC next year, but the 81-year-old baking veteran hinted that it might not be a Bake Off rival.

"We have made no decisions whatsoever, we haven't actually all three got together, but we will do something because we're good pals, and who knows what it would be?" she said during an interview on Chris Evans' Radio 2 show earlier this week (beg24Oct16). "Well, it may not be baking, you never know, it could be gardening. I'm a very keen gardener you know."

Candice Brown was crowned the winner of the final BBC Bake Off series, beating Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle to the crown.

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