These are the contestants taking part in this year's Celebrity Bake Off

By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 11:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 11:37 am
Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy both star in this year's celebrity Bake Off (Getty Images)
Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy both star in this year's celebrity Bake Off (Getty Images)

On your marks. Get Set. Bake!

The country’s favourite cooking show is back with celebrities set to step into the famous Bake Off tent.

The celebrity special, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, will see Hollywood stars Daisy Ridley and James McAvoy come face-to-face with Paul Hollywood as they vie to emerge as star baker.

Also taking part are pop star Jade Thirwall, presenter Stacey Dooley and Youtuber KSI.

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    Here’s what you need to know about the lineup for this year’s celebrity special.

    When is the Celebrity Bake Off 2021 on? 

    The first four famous faces will show off their baking talents on March 9 at 8pm.

    There are twenty celebrities taking part in total, suggesting that the show will run for five episodes.

    The show will air every Tuesday night at 8pm between March 9 and April 6.

    Who is hosting and judging the show? 

    Matt Lucas will present the Bake Off for the celebrity special.

    He won’t be joined by Mighty Boosh actor Noel Fielding who was on paternity leave during filming.

    Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will cast their critical eyes on the creations of the celebrity bakers.

    Celebrity Bake Off 2021 lineup 

    Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, comedians Rob Beckett and Tom Allen and singer Alexandra Burke will showcase their cookery skills in episode one of The Great Celebrity Bake Off.

    The contestants will make millionaire shortbread in the show, as well as a fruit tart.

    They will also depict their pet hates in cake form in a showstopper challenge.

    Beyond episode one James McAvoy is the headline name of stars set to participate. The Scottish actor most recently appeared in BBC fantasy drama His Dark Materials.

    He will be joined by former athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, comedians John Bishop and David Baddiel and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

    Comedian Katherine Ryan and broadcasters Anneka Rice and Stacey Dooley will also compete in the series.

    Full lineup for 2021 Bake Off

    James McAvoy – actor

    Daisy Ridley – actor

    John Bishop – comedian

    David Baddiel – comedian

    Tom Allen – comedian

    Dame Kelly Holmes – Olympic gold medallist

    Ade Adepitan MBE – Paralympian

    Katherine Ryan – comedian

    Jade Thirlwall – Little Mix singer

    Nadine Coyle – Girls Aloud member

    Alexandra Burke – singer

    Dizzee Rascal – rapper

    Anne-Marie – singer

    Anneka Rice – TV presenter

    Reece Shearsmith – actor

    Stacey Dooley – presenter and documentary-maker

    Nick Grimshaw – DJ

    KSI – Youtuber

    Philippa Perry – broadcaster

    Rob Beckett – comedian and TV personality

    How do I donate to Stand Up To Cancer?

    Stand Up To Cancer is a fundraising campaign that brings the UK together to speed up progress in life-saving cancer research.

    The organisation speeds up life-saving cancer research by taking developments in the lab and accelerating them into new tests and treatments for cancer patients who need them.

    You can donate to the campaign at