Who's who in Celebrity MasterChef 2018?

Who's who in Celebrity MasterChef 2018?

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Thursday, 23rd August 2018
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It's a corker of a line-up this year, with reality stars going head to head with musicians, actors and champion sports people. There's all to play for, but who will take home the coveted trophy?

Stella Parton 

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Stella Parton (Credit: BBC)

While her older sister Dolly is more widely known, American country singer Stella Parton has had an illustrious career as a musician, actress and cookbook author. Can she bring home the bacon and win the competition?

Keith Allen 

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Keith Allen (Credit: BBC)

No stranger to competition, actor Allen got his start on the small screen in the 1980s on The Comic Strip Presents... after impressing crowds at the Comedy Store in London as a stand-up comedian. Father to fellow actor Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) as well as singer Lily Allen, he'll be using his tough guy persona to muscle out his rivals.

Spencer Matthews 

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Spencer Matthews (Credit: BBC)

Former Made in Chelsea star and British socialite Matthews is probably hoping his love of good food will give him the edge in creating gourmet cuisine for the judges.

Monty Panesar 

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Monty Panesar (Credit: BBC)

English cricketer Panesar was once described by former England head coach Duncan Fletcher as "the best finger spinner in the world". Now he's swapping his cricket balls for dough balls, will he be as good at rolling as he is at bowling?

Chizzy Akudolu 

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Chizzy Akudolu (Credit: BBC)

Having portrayed surgeon Mo Effanga on Holby City since May 2012, Akudolu will need to hone all of her surgical skills to slice through the competition.

Lisa Maxwell 

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Lisa Maxwell (Credit: BBC)

Actress Lisa Maxwell will need to utilize her time as DI Samantha Nixon in The Bill to investigate the best way to win. 

Carol Decker 

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Carol Decker (Credit: BBC)

As the lead vocalist for the band T'Pau, Decker certainly knows the feeling of china in her hand, and this could give her the edge over the other contestants.

John Partridge 

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John Partridge (Credit: BBC)

Partridge portrayed Christian Clarke in EastEnders for several years and he also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. Having worked extensively in musical theatre, including official film production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats, he'll have to Rum Tum Tug that trophy away from the other contestants. 

Michelle Ackerley 

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Michelle Ackerley (Credit: BBC)

As a TV presenter who has worked on Watchdog and The One Show, Ackerley will be hoping she's the One to win.

Jay Blades 

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Jay Blades (Credit: BBC)

Social entrepreneur, designer, furniture upcycler and co-founder award-winning social enterprise Out of The Dark, Blades certainly has a knack for transforming basic objects into things of beauty. Which is something he'll be hoping to do to his dishes.

Zoe Lyons 

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Zoe Lyons (Credit: BBC)

Stand-up comedian Lyons is a regular on TV panel shows including Mock the Week, The Wright Stuff and Dave’s One Night Stand. When starting out she appeared on the first season of Survivor in 2001, so at least she'll have that survival instinct on her side.

Martin Bayfield 

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Martin Bayfield (Credit: BBC)

Bayfield is an English actor, broadcaster and former England rugby union star. Fun fact: He appeared in all the Harry Potter films as Robbie Coltrane’s stunt double for the character of half-giant Hargrid. It might take wizardry to win this tournament...

Stefanie Reid

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Stefanie Reid (Credit: BBC)

World Champion Paralympian Reid has won gold in 2017 at the IPC World Championships in Long jump. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for her services to Paralympic sport. The others has better watch out, this time she'll be going for silver.

Josh Cuthbert 

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Josh Cuthbert (Credit: BBC)

A former member of X Factor contestants Union J, Cuthbert may have gained popularity with his singing but how will he fare in the kitchen?

Clara Amfo 

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Clara Amfo (Credit: BBC)

Amfo currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1 and thrives in a busy studio. A busy restaurant, on the other hand, we'll just have to wait and see.

Jean Johansson 

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Jean Johansson (Credit: BBC)

The Glaswegian TV presenter and journalist is best known for her work on The One Show and Animal Park, so she'll hopefully be able to keep a cool head in a chaotic kitchen setting.

Anita Harris 

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Anita Harris (Credit: BBC)

Harris is a singer and actress who rose to fame with the Cliff Adams Singers in the 1970s and also starred in the Carry On films. She'll certainly be trying to carry on through to the final round...

Frankie Bridge 

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Frankie Bridge (Credit: BBC)

In the spotlight from a very young age, the former S Club Junior and latterly member of girl group The Saturdays "Just Can't Get Enough" of competing.

Gemma Collins 

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Gemma Collins (Credit: BBC)

A British reality TV star Collins is most notable for appearing on The Only Way Is Essex regularly since 2011, as well as Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. Let's hope she can last longer in this contest, than her three day stint on I’m a Celebrity… in 2014.

AJ Pritchard 

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AJ Pritchard (Credit: BBC)

British dancer and choreographer, Pritchard, is best known for his work on Strictly Come Dancing where he was partnered with both Olympic artistic gymnast Claudia Fragapane and singer Mollie King. He'll be hoping to waltz through to the final.

Celebrity MasterChef kicks off on BBC One tonight at 8pm and with the second episode on Friday at 8.30pm.

Subsequent episodes will be shown on Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays at 8.30pm. 

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It's a corker of a line-up this year, with reality stars going head to head with musicians, actors and champion sports people. There's all to play for, but who will take home the coveted trophy?