Who's who in Celebrity MasterChef 2019

Who's who in Celebrity MasterChef 2019

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Friday, 30th August 2019
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Joey Essex, Oti Mabuse and Andy Grant (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Joey Essex, Oti Mabuse and Andy Grant (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to judge a new batch of celebrities testing their cooking abilities in the MasterChef kitchen.

Adam Woodyatt

Adam Woodyatt (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Best known for playing Ian Beale in EastEnders, award-winning actor Adam Woodyatt will swap Albert Square for the MasterChef kitchen.

The former butcher first appeared in the soap in 1985 and quickly became one of the most iconic faces of EastEnders. His most recent storyline followed the climatic return of his on-screen son, Bobby (Clay Milner Russell).

Outside of EastEnders, Woodyatt has secured leading roles in the stage productions of Aladdin, Cinderella, and Oliver.


Élizabeth Bourgine

Élizabeth Bourgine (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

French film and television actor Catherine Bourgine is best known to UK audiences for playing socialite and bar owner Catherine Bordey in Death in Paradise.

The former dancer and model started her career in an array of short films before securing her breakthrough role in comedy Nestor Burma, Shock Detective.

The star rose to fame in the 1980s starring in Private Lessons, A Heart in Winter, My Best Friend and Sins.


Mim Shaikh

Mim Shaikh (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Radio presenter Mim Shaikh entertains the nation with his weekend breakfast show on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Shaikh previously hosted a Thursday night discussion show on BBC Asian Network, where he covered issues including typecasting, youth political engagement and immigration.

In front of the camera, the DJ has presented hard-hitting documentaries and fronted BBC Three documentary Finding Dad, where he delved into his family history to try and find his father.

Shaikh has also secured leading roles in King Gary, Informer and Casualty and starred in a short film directed by Riz Ahmed called Daytimer, which received critical acclaim at The Sundance Film Festival in 2014.

Shaikh has also grown a successful YouTube channel where he showcases his love of comedy sketches, pranks and poetry.


Vicky Pattison

Vicky Pattison (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Reality star and presenter Vicky Pattison first appeared on the hit reality show Geordie Shore.

Pattison later travelled around the UK to fix the nations problems in Judge Geordie and was crowned Queen of the Jungle in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.

The reality star then became a regular panellist on Loose Women and became a team captain on comedy panel shows Virtually Famous and It's Not Me, It's You.

Pattison is set to appear in the upcoming series of Celebrity Coach Trip on Channel 4 and is launching her own podcast, Taking the Vicky, where she explores tabloid headlines with special guests as they are given the opportunity to set the record straight on any controversies surrounding their name.


Dom Parker

Dom Parker (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Best known for starring in Gogglebox, Dom Parker first appeared on screens with his wife Steph in Channel 4’s Four in a Bed, where the couple showed-off their hotel, The Salutation, in Kent.

The hotel owners later landed their own celebrity talk show, At Home with Steph & Dom, and currently advise and entertain the nation with their Daily Mail column and show on TalkRadio.​

The Parkers also presented a documentary where they shared their family’s battle with their eldest child Max’s severe epilepsy and explored the therapeutic effects marijuana can have.


Dr Alex George

Dr Alex George (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Swapping out his scrubs for an apron is former Love Island contestant Doctor Alex George.

The A&E doctor rose to stardom after trying to find love in Majorca and has since appeared on Good Morning Britain to cover Doctor Hillary Jones as a resident practitioner.

George co-presents The Waiting Room podcast with Dr Ella Daniels, where the pair discuss being at the frontline of A&E and provide medical advice to the public alongside fellow health experts.

The reality star also launched his own YouTube channel where he interviews special guests from the confines of lavish sports cars.


Joey Essex

Joey Essex (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

TV personality Joey Essex first appeared on screens as a regular cast member on The Only Way Is Essex.

After departing the reality show in 2013, Essex ventured into the Australian outback for the thirteenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and winning sporting reality show The Jump.

Essex has made regular appearances on Celebs Go Dating, Celebrity Juice, Loose Women, This Morning, Through the Keyhole and fronted his own documentary series, Educating Joey Essex, where he travelled the world to encounter situations outside of his comfort zone.

Essex became an ambassador for UK charity Child Bereavement UK to help provide support for bereaved families.


Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s greatest artists of all time, Motown legend Martha Reeves will be among the amateur chefs testing their culinary abilities in the MasterChef kitchen.

As the voice of Martha and the Vandellas, Reeves has a number of hit singles to her name and the band was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


Greg Rutherford MBE

Greg Rutherford MBE (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Retired track and field athlete Greg Rutherford MBE represented the UK in the 2012 Olympics Games.

Specialising in long jump, the Olympic gold medallist currently holds the British record with a jump of 8.51 metres.

Following his retirement, Rutherford quickly became a regular on reality shows such as Celebrity Juice, Strictly Come Dancing and The Crystal Maze.

Rutherford is also among the celebrities training to swim the English Channel for Stand Up to Cancer’s reality series Sink or Swim.

Sink or Swim airs on Tuesdays on Channel 4 and is available to watch on All4.


Dillian Whyte

Dillian Whyte (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte will be throwing feasts instead of fists during his time on the show. 

Originally a competitor in kickboxing, Whyte quickly fought his way through the ranks to become a two-time British heavyweight champion has a record of 20 wins and one loss.

Whyte went on to make a successful debut in MMA, and turned to boxing where he secured the British heavyweight title from 2016 to 2017, the WBC Silver Heavyweight Title and was named in world’s third best active heavyweight boxer in 2018.


Kellie Maloney

Kellie Maloney (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Former boxing manager and transgender campaigner Kellie Maloney has a prestigious career in the world of professional boxing that spans over thirty-years, working with the likes of heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis and David Haye.

The former manager also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014 and fronted a Channel 5 documentary Kellie Maloney: No Going Back, which followed Maloney’s transformation to become a woman as one of sport’s highest-profile names to undergo gender reassignment.


Dame Zandra Rhodes

Dame Zandra Rhodes (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes has been at the forefront of the UK fashion industry for almost five decades.

With her distinctive approach to form and cut, Zandra Rhodes’ label has amassed a successful empire that has seen collaborations with Topshop, Valentino and Mac Cosmetics.


Oti Mabuse

Oti Mabuse (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Professional dancer Oti Mabuse is best known for her dancing expertise on Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer.

Mabuse initially studied Civil Engineering at university but following a career change, Mabuse danced to critical acclaim and won first place in a German Championship Latin competition.

Mabuse joined Strictly in 2015 and has since trained amateur celebrities into becoming semi-pro dancers including Anthony Ogogo, soap star Danny Mac, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and last year’s contestant former England cricketer Graeme Swann.

Elsewhere, Mabuse became a dance captain on The Greatest Dancer alongside X-Factor judge Cheryl and Glee star Matthew Morrison.


Andy Grant

Andy Grant (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Long distance runner and former Royal Marines Commando Andy Grant will test his cooking skills on this year’s Celebrity MasterChef.

Following serious injuries during his tour in Afghanistan, Grant decided to have his leg amputated and has since climbed some of the world’s highest mountains.

In 2016, Grant became the fastest single leg amputee to run 10km and clocked a time of 37:17.


Tomasz Schafernaker

Tomasz Schafernaker (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Weatherman and meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker will be a familiar face to BBC viewers.

Known for his expertise on Countryfile and BBC Radio, Schafernaker currently keeps the public up to date about weather conditions across the UK on BBC Weather.

The meteorologist is also writing a children’s weather book.


Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock

Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Football hard-man Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock is best known for playing as a central defender for Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall and Crystal Palace.

After retiring from the sport, Ruddock made several appearances on A Question of Sport, Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

More recently, Ruddock stripped down for sporting panel show A League of Their Own and temporarily left retirement to play for Harry Redknapp’s Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, which saw a group of former footballers attempt to recapture the glory of their youth.


Judge Jules

Judge Jules (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

DJ and lawyer Judge Jules will be a familiar voice to long-time listeners of Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1.

Voted as DJ Mag’s best DJ, Jules currently racks up 750,000 downloads on his podcast and radio show The Global Warm Up, which is broadcast across the world.


Rickie Haywood-Williams

Rickie Haywood-Williams (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Radio DJ Rickie Haywood-Williams presented the KISS 100 Breakfast show with Melvin Odoom and Charlie Hedges before moving to the late night week slot on BBC Radio 1.

Haywood-Williams has also fronted a number of documentaries including My Weapon is My Dog and Cannabis: Britain’s Secret Farms for BBC Three.


Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Presenter and professional quizzer Jenny Ryan is known for her expert knowledge that she frequently demonstrates on The Chase.

Nicknamed The Vixen, Ryan’s first TV debut was back in 2003 on University Challenge as a semi-finalist for the University of Leeds and later appeared on Mastermind and Only Connect.

Behind-the-scenes, Ryan worked as a writer and researcher on The Weakest Link and QI.


Josie Long

Josie Long (Credit: BBC/Shine TV)

Stand-up comedian Josie Long started performing stand-up aged just 14 and quickly received critical acclaim for her 2006 show Kindness and Exuberance, which was celebrated at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alongside her successful stand-up career, Long has made regular appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, Drunk History and earned a recurring role in coming-of-age drama Skins, which Long also wrote for.

Over six weeks, the celebrities will take on a series of cooking challenges that will send them across the UK, including the iconic ZSL London Zoo and Dagenham’s historic Ford Factory.

After the first four weeks, the 20 celebrities will be whittled down to two semi-finalists but only one will become the Celebrity MasterChef Champion for 2019.

The new series of Celebrity MasterChef starts on Monday 2nd September at 9pm on BBC One.

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John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to judge a new batch of celebrities testing their cooking abilities in the MasterChef kitchen.