What are the stars of The Great Christmas Bake Off 2023 up to now? Get the festive special line-up here!

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Christmas is just around the corner and so to is the Great Christmas Bake Off of 2023.

A flurry of fan favourites are set to make a comeback to the delicious show on Christmas Eve.

Stalwart judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be keeping a close eye on the festive bakes.

While, funnyman Noel Fielding and Alison Hammond will be bringing the upbeat humour.

But who will be bringing the sweet treats? MailOnline take a look at the bakers returning to the Bake Off special. 

Noel Fielding, Alison Hammond, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be making their way back to the tent for the Christmas special of the baking show on December 24

Noel Fielding, Alison Hammond, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be making their way back to the tent for the Christmas special of the baking show on December 24

But who will be bringing the sweet treats? MailOnline takes a look at the bakers returning for the festive special

But who will be bringing the sweet treats? MailOnline takes a look at the bakers returning for the festive special 

Sophie Faldo  

Sophie Faldo came away with the Bake Off crown during the 2017 season of the show  (pictured left to right: Prue Leith, Sophie and Paul Hollywood)

Sophie Faldo came away with the Bake Off crown during the 2017 season of the show  (pictured left to right: Prue Leith, Sophie and Paul Hollywood)

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Sophie was previously in the army and dreamed of being a stuntwoman. Now she runs her own cake company called Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes (pictured 2018)

Sophie Faldo came away with the Bake Off crown during the 2017 season. Before she competed on the show she was an army officer.

According to HuffPost, the Bake Off winner left  normal army duty in 2012 and has been a reservist and a personal fitness trainer since. 

Sophie told The Sun: ‘I know it sounds really mad but ­actually I don’t like not going on tour.’ 

Post win, Sophie hoped to go into the stunt world whilst also balancing a blossoming culinary career.

She said: ‘I never ever dreamed I would get to the final, let alone winning, so I am not sure where I will go from here.’

‘It would be wonderful to write a patisserie book, but let’s see what comes my way. I would like to try travelling the world for inspiration for starters.’

Her win is perhaps best remembered for a major faux pas by guest judge Prue Leith, who accidentally announced Sophie’s victory 12 hours ahead of the show because she failed to acknowledge the time difference whilst on holiday. 

She now runs her own business called Sophie Faldo Couture Cakes. 

Amelia Le Bruin

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Amelia appeared in the 2019 series of the show but fell at the hurdle of Bread Week, with her Tear and Share bread not being quite up to par (pictured)

Inspired by her mother and grandmother as a child to bake, Amelia has gone on to open her own cake making business called The Cake Hun London

Inspired by her mother and grandmother as a child to bake, Amelia has gone on to open her own cake making business called The Cake Hun London

We only got to see Amelia briefly during her stint on the show in 2019, before she was eliminated in the third episode,

The Halifax baker stumbled on the Bread Week as she grappled to make Tear and Share bared and her showstopper was branded ‘terrible’ and ‘clumsy’. 

The fashion designer was inspired by both her grandmother and mum, who created beautiful sweet treats, to start baking.

Whilst studying in Leeds and then Leicester, she fine-tuned her baking skills, practising for fundraising events and friends. 

She was previously a sportswear designer and is currently living in the big city of London.

She also runs her own online bakery called The Cake Hun London. 

Dan Beasley-Harling

Dan Beasley-Harling had some amazing weeks on the show but fell flat when the dreaded pastry week came around (pictured)

Dan Beasley-Harling had some amazing weeks on the show but fell flat when the dreaded pastry week came around (pictured)

The stay at home dad confessed his experience was 'an absolute nightmare', however he has continued to bake and share his own recipes since the show

The stay at home dad confessed his experience was ‘an absolute nightmare’, however he has continued to bake and share his own recipes since the show

Dan Beasley-Harling featured in the 2018 series of the baking competition show.

During the contest, the stay-at-home father had some great weeks however he soon fell once pastry week came around.

Since his stint on the show, he has gone on to cultivate a successful career in baking, often posting his creations via Instagram and sharing recipes on his own website. 

However, the first time round wasn’t the most pleasant experience for Dan, who described the show as ‘incredibly stressful’.

In 2022, he told Yahoo UK: ‘The experience of being in the tent is an absolute nightmare to be honest – I’m anxious and a perfectionist by nature.

‘When you do well it’s great but most of the time you’re in panic mode.’

He continued: ‘So that countdown when you’re told you have one minute left — all that scrabbling around is very real. It’s down to the wire with seconds to spare.’

Linda Rayfield

Linda Rayfield was bursting with excitement when pastry week came around only to fumble at her speciality (pictured)

Linda Rayfield was bursting with excitement when pastry week came around only to fumble at her speciality (pictured)

Since the show, Linda has continued her passion of baking and has also emotionally opened up about the tragic passing of her daughter, Melissa, 18 (pictured: Linda)

Since the show, Linda has continued her passion of baking and has also emotionally opened up about the tragic passing of her daughter, Melissa, 18 (pictured: Linda) 

Linda starred in the 2020 series of the show, making fans emotional when she made a cake in memorium of her late daughter. 

She was a fan-favourite despite leaving only five episodes in after everything went awry during the dreaded pastry week. 

Going into the week, Linda was bursting with excitement as pastry was one of her specialities,

But the Retirement Living Team Leader struggled through the competition after she fumbled her caged gypsy tart. 

Upon her departure from the show, Linda confessed that she was not ‘sad’ as she had a wonderful experience on the show, comparing it to being ‘a child at Disneyland’.

In 2021 the Bake Off star took to Instagram to share a tear jerking tribute to her late daughter Melissa, who passed away from Dementia at the age of 18.

She penned: ‘She was 18 when she passed away and it wasn’t until recently becoming a Dementia Friend and learning more about the condition I realised she had Dementia.

‘Knowing wouldn’t have changed the outcome but I would have understood all the times she looked at me vacantly and cried so desperately she probably didn’t recognise me. 

‘That breaks my heart because all her life I protected her, comforted her and we shared so many wonderful memories, and at the end I feel I let her down.

‘People living with Dementia rely on their long term memory and some of hers were pretty traumatic.’

Linda has continued to bake since the show, often showcasing her creations.

Carole Edwards

Hailing from Dorset, avid gardener Carole proved to be a fan favourite despite leaving only five weeks into the show (pictured)

Hailing from Dorset, avid gardener Carole proved to be a fan favourite despite leaving only five weeks into the show (pictured)

Since her departure, she has toured with the Great British Bake Off and continues to share her delicious bakes on Instagram (pictured: Paul Hollywood and Carole)

Since her departure, she has toured with the Great British Bake Off and continues to share her delicious bakes on Instagram (pictured: Paul Hollywood and Carole)

Dorset native Carole exited the show during the fifth episode – dessert week – after her steamed puddings and lemon meringue pies went sour.

The avid gardener – also known as Compost Carol – even had her own radio segment, where she dished out gardening tips to listeners.

Originally from the West County, Carole was a supermarket attendant prior to the competition in 2022.

Popular among fans, in 2023 Carole joined the Great British Bake Off tour and has continued to post her gardening know how and baking tips to Instagram.

Reflecting on her first Bake Off experience, Carole shared to X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘I have had an amazing journey on the show, and the memories will last with me forever.

‘I was never confident that I could do this kind of thing, but it has taught me to take on more challenging opportunities and if you are out there……. yes you can do it.’

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