Who is Sandi Toksvig, who is her wife and how tall is she? All about The Great British Bake Off presenter and QI host


SANDI Toksvig is a familiar face to QI fans and we’re now seeing a whole lot more of the 58-year-old on our screens.

So what else do we know about the presenter who’s joined Noel Fielding as the new hosts of The Great British Bake Off? Here’s the scoop on super Sandi…

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

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

Who is Sandi Toksvig and how tall is she?

Sandra Birgitte Toksvig was born in Denmark on May 3, 1958, and is 4ft 11″ tall.

Her dad, Claus Toksvig, was a Danish journalist and foreign correspondent – so Sandi spent much of her youth in New York.

Her mum, Julie Anne Toksvig, previously Brett, is British – and Sandi was educated at Tormead, a private girls’ school near Guildford, while her dad was working in London.

Sandi studied law, archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University – where Sandi began her comedy career.

Her time at Cambridge overlapped with Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery and Emma Thompson.

Sandi started her TV career in 1982, presenting kids’ TV programme No. 73, followed by the Sandwich Quiz, The Saturday Starship, Motormouth, Gilbert’s Fridge and Island Race Society.

In October 2012, in the wake of allegations that the BBC tolerated sexual harassment by Jimmy Saville and other individuals, Sandi said they “did not surprise me at all”.

She also claimed she was groped by a “famous individual” live on air in the 80s.

 Sandi is a British-Danish comedian, who lives with her wife on a houseboat in Wandsworth

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Sandi is a British-Danish comedian, who lives with her wife on a houseboat in Wandsworth

What would I know Sandi Toksvig from?

Sandi has appeared as a regular panellist on comedy shows including Call My Bluff, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News for You.

In 2015, Sandi took over from Stephen Fry as the host of QI.

Sandi shed four stone in 2014, and later said it was this that gave her the confidence to move from radio to TV presenting.

 Sandi has presented QI since 2015, when she replaced Steven Fry

Sandi has presented QI since 2015, when she replaced Steven Fry

She was also the host of quiz show What The Dickens, and will be a familiar voice for Radio 4 listeners.

Sandi has appeared in a number of stage plays, including Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors, and has written a lot of material.

She appeared in the 2013 Christmas special of Call The Midwife, and was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours list.

Sandi has written several books including kids’ novel Tales from the Norse’s Mouth, and Gladys Reunited: A Personal American Journey – a tale of her travels in the USA, retracing her childhood.

She is also the author of Girls Are Best – a history book for girls.

Sandi writes regular columns for Good Housekeeping, the Sunday Telegraph and The Lady.

Is Sandi Toksvig a politician?

At one point, Sandi was a high-profile political activist supporting the Lib Dems.

In 2011, MPs urged Ofcom to investigate an “obscene joke” make by Sandi on Radio 4’s The News Quiz – when she said the Tories “put the N into cuts” in child benefits.

 Sandi speaking at the International Women's Day Breakfast 2017

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Sandi speaking at the International Women’s Day Breakfast 2017

In April 2015, Sandi quit her job as presenter ofThe News Quiz to co-found the Women’s Equality Party.

She later explained that she had decided that it was “not too late to fight the good fight, after all” – and donated her funds from a September 2015 comedy tour to the party.

Is Sandi Toksvig married?

In 2007, Sandi and partner Debbie Toksvig, a psychotherapist, entered into a civil partnership.

The couple renewed their vows on March 29 , 2014 – the same day that same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales.

Their civil partnership was converted into a marriage in December 2014 and the couple live in a houseboat in Wandsworth, south-west London.

In 1994, Save the Children dropped Sandi’s services after she came out – but later apologised after a protest by the Lesbian Avengers.

Sandi became a British citizen in 2013 – and has three kids, two daughters and a son, who were carried by her ex-partner Peta Stewart.

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.

The 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 funny man Noel Fielding.

QI XL host Sandi Toksvig channels Mrs Doubtfire on BBC Two quiz show

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