Jo Brand

Jo Brand

Date of birth: 03-05-1957

Jo's first job was at Dr Barnardo's home - following in the footsteps of her social worker mother.

After this, she moved to London and famously became a psychiatric nurse - the daily parade of drug addicts, alcohol abuse and the clinically depressed, giving her the sense of humour and bravado to deal with any comedy audience.

A pioneer of the alternative comedy scene, she started performing at the age of 29, in 1987, under the name The Sea Monster and it only took her two years to be able to turn pro.

Her material, about her weight and men, made here a bete noire among those who despised the rise of alternative comedy, most notably tabloid TV critic Garry Bushell.

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Jo Brand follows Bake Off to C4

She'll still host Extra Slice

Jo Brand is to return to host Great British Bake Off spin-off An Extra Slice when it moves to Channel 4.

She is the only member of the original BBC team to follow the show to Channel 4 other than judge Paul Hollywood. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig have replaced hosts Mel and Sue and cookery writer Pru Leith is replacing Mary Berry.

Bake Off

As on the BBC, Brand will be joined by celebrity fans of the show who will offer their verdict on each week’s episode  And as the contestants leave the tent and the competition they will re-live their mistakes.

Brand said: ‘As a completely mediocre baker myself, but lover of all things spongey and tarty, I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings.’

The date of the show’s return has not yet been announced. 

It has also been announced today that Hollywood will make a new baking series, A Baker’s Life, as part of his deal with Channel 4.

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Published: 20 Apr 2017

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