A STUDENT from North Yorkshire is among the latest batch of bakers who will be battling it out in the next series of the hit TV show, The Great British Bake Off.

The Channel 4 show will return for its 12th series on September 21, with the dozen contestants once again having been filmed in a 'bubble' due to the Covid pandemic.

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Judges and presenters Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will all return for the new series.

19-year-old student Freya will be flying the flag for North Yorkshire during the new series.

She says she has been dreaming of entering Bake Off since the first series, when she was nine and saw the tent in Bakewell.

Studying for a psychology degree, Freya lives at home with her parents so that she can continue to care for her horse, Winnie, while she’s at university.

Her passion for horses and baking are the result of spending lots of time with her grandma as she was growing up.

A year ago, Freya began making plant-based versions of classic bakes for her dad – now it’s her goal to bake so that no one can tell the results are vegan.

She likes to be ‘unexpected’ with her baking, and enjoys creating intricate designs… and usually makes a lot of mess in the process.

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This year's oldest baker Maggie, 70, with judge Prue Leith Picture: Channel 4

Other constestants include Amanda, 56, a retired Met Police Detective who was raised in London with Greek-Cypriot heritage and a Trinidadian-born financier Jairzeno, 51, who took up baking in 2014.

The oldest contestant in the new series is 70-year-old Maggie from Dorset, a retired nurse and midwife.

Last year, Peter Sawkins, 20, became the youngest Bake Off winner and an average of 9.2 million viewers watched the final live - Channel 4's biggest overnight ratings for at least 18-years.

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