Gay actor Russell Tovey is heading to the Great British Bake Off tent — as a competitor.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer is a new installment of the popular baking competition show. It’s a five-part limited series and the first episode aired on Tuesday (5 March).
Jon Richardson, Hannah Cockroft, Russell Brand, and John Lithgow were among the first celebrities to compete in the tent.
Overall, 20 celebrities will compete in the coming weeks and Tovey is slated for next week’s episode.
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) March 5, 2019
Tovey will compete against Coronation Street actor Michelle Keegan, reality star Rylan Clark-Neal, and comedian-author James Acaster.
Great British Bake Off is a beloved baking competition series, which first began in 2010. Its known for its friendly contestants who bake a variety of dishes in a tent set against an idyllic English scene.
Two people host the show, while two judges — currently Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith — critique the dishes. There are three challenges in each round: the signature, technical, and showstopper.
Beyond trying his hand at baking, Tovey has been keeping busy in his acting career.
He’s taken on several LGBTI roles recently. One was the gay superhero The Ray for the CW and he also appeared the revival of Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America.
He’s also going to appear in Russell T. Davies’ upcoming HBO limited series, Years & Years. This series follows a British family and the twists and turns of their lives.
Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, and others also star.