Who is Noel Fielding? The Great British Bake Off host and The Mighty Boosh star

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NOEL Fielding is the comedian and actor whose announcement as the new presenter of The Great British Bake Off 2017 upset more than a few Bake Off loyalists.

So who is the man who once said he would rather eat food through a tube than eat it whole? We’ve got the lowdown…

 Noel Felding lines up alonside Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood

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Noel Felding lines up alonside Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood

Who is Noel Fielding?

London-born Noel was first launched into the spotlight in the late 1990s, when he worked on the stand-up circuit.

After appearing on Lee Mack’s TV show Gas, he impressed with his surreal comedy.

Noel’s niche soon became playing more than one character, as well as including songs in his shows.

 Noel Fielding is swapping stand-up for cooking commentary on the popular baking show

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Noel Fielding is swapping stand-up for cooking commentary on the popular baking show

Why is Noel Fielding famous?

Following his initial TV success, Noel Fielding teamed up with Julian Barratt to create, write and star in their own show.

Just like in Noel’s stand-up routines, he played a whole host of different characters in the surreal comedy The Mighty Boosh.

Some of his humorous alter-egos were flamboyant zookeeper Vince Noir, a cockney hitch-hiker called The Hitcher and hermaphroditic merman Old Gregg.

The series also featured a number of famous faces, including Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade.

It aired from 2003-2007 and scooped Shockwaves NME best TV Award three times.

 The Mighty Boosh was Noel Fielding's first major TV break

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The Mighty Boosh was Noel Fielding’s first major TV break

What other television shows is Noel Fielding known for?

As well as working with Richard Ayoade in The Mighty Boosh, the pair both starred in The IT Crowd.

The popular comic is also known for his work on TV panel shows.

He was a permanent team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has made regular appearances on QI, Taskmaster and The Big Fat Quiz of Everything.

 The comic is known for his kooky and witty comments on TV panel shows

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The comic is known for his kooky and witty comments on TV panel shows

What else is Noel Fielding famous for?

Following the success of The Mighty Boosh, Noel took his series to radio.

He’s also appeared on BBC Radio 2 broadcasts, including The Russell Brand Show and Vic Reeves’ House Arrest.

Fans will know that Noel is partial to a bit of singing in his shows, which is probably why he’s featured in a variety of music videos.

He can be spotted in the videos for Kasabian’s Vlad the Impaler and Razorlight’s In The Morning.

Fielding’s repertoire does not end there, as he is also a keen artist.

The comedian has held a number of different exhibitions, including The Jelly Fox, a video installation that was shown at the Saatchi Gallery in 2012.

 The lover of all things surreal takes his artistic inspiration from Salvador Dali

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The lover of all things surreal takes his artistic inspiration from Salvador Dali

When is Great British Bake Off on channel four?

The new series of The Great British Bake Off started on August 29 and continues to air every week on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

The Bake Off was bought by Channel 4 last year amid much controversy, meaning the popular cooking contest moved from the BBC.

There were a few casualties of the move so popular hosts Mel and Sue and much-loved judge Mary Berry won’t be appearing on the new series.

Paul Hollywood will now be joined on the judging panel by Great British Menu judge Prue Leith.

While the show will now be presented by Sandi and funnyman Noel.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig sure have a lot of puns and innuendos for the first week of The Great British Bake Off!

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