Great British Bake Off: Everything you need to know about Noel Fielding

From The Mighty Boosh to The Great British Bake Off, Noel Fielding has been on our screens for many years.

Having been a co-presenter on The Great British Bake Off since 2017, Noel Fielding has become a staple in the tent.

Fielding rose to fame as part of The Mighty Boosh in the 2000s and has certainly made an impression on the public, especially with his unique sense of style which saw him named as one of Britain's best dressed men in 2015 by GQ.

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What is Noel Fielding known for?

Spanning live performances, a radio show as well as a TV series of the same name, Fielding gained recognition for his work in comedy duo The Mighty Boosh alongside Julian Barratt. The pair were voted Perrier Best Newcomers at the 1998 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before The Mighty Boosh hit mainstream television and gained an abundance of fans.

The London-born entertainer also appeared in a number of other television shows such as The IT Crowd and Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy.

In 2017 it was announced that Fielding would co-host The Great British Bake Off - or The Great British Baking Show, for Americans - alongside Sandi Toksvig, then later Matt Lucas. As of 2023, Fielding hosts alongside TV presenter Alison Hammond.

Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas stood behind Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Image: Channel 4Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas stood behind Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Image: Channel 4
Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas stood behind Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Image: Channel 4 | Channel 4

He said: “Alison is a breath of fresh air. She brings an energy that’s infectious. Paul has been on the show since the beginning. Me and Prue [Leith] have been here for seven years, unbelievably. When someone new comes in, it’s like seeing Christmas all over again through your children’s eyes.

"Alison’s arrival has given us a reboot. Everyone raised their game. This is the best series in years.”

Fielding is also known for his art, and has released books, held exhibitions and even collaborated with luxury fashion house Fendi on their Autumn/Winter collection in 2021.

In a 2005 interview with The Scotsman, Fielding said: "I was always painting and drawing as a kid. When I was 13 I told my dad I'd rather kill myself than do an ordinary job. He vaguely muttered something about how I'd need to earn a living somehow, but he's been totally behind me, forking out money he didn't really have to send me to university. Every other comedian I've met had to fight their parents to be allowed to do this but mine have been brilliant."

And with his reputation for fashion - as demonstrated by his appearance among GQ's list of Britain's best dressed men in 2015 - those looking to recreate any of his looks at home have access to dedicated accounts which source the clothing he wears.

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What band was Noel Fielding in?

The multi-talented comedian has also released two albums with Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno under music project Loose Tapestries, and has appeared in several music videos, such as Blue Song by Mint Royale which was directed by Edgar Wright.

Is Noel Fielding married?

While Fielding isn’t married, he has been in a relationship with Lliana Bird for a number of years. The pair are rumoured to have began dating around 2010 and share two children together.

 Noel Fielding and Lliana Bird at London Fashion Week in 2017 Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images Noel Fielding and Lliana Bird at London Fashion Week in 2017 Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images
Noel Fielding and Lliana Bird at London Fashion Week in 2017 Image: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images | Getty Images

Bird is a broadcaster and author, releasing her first children’s book Baboo The Unusual Bee in September. In addition she is the co-founder of non-profit organisation, Choose Love.

The presenter previously dated the lead singer of Robots in Disguise Dee Plume, and was rumoured to have dated Pixie Geldof, though Fielding has said the pair were never more than friends.

Does Noel Fielding have children?

Yes, Fielding and Bird share two children together. Dali, their first daughter, was born in 2018, while Iggy, their second child, was born in 2020.

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