Celebrity MasterChef 2014: Meet the contestants

Ash! Barton! Biggins! Boorman! Bryer! Burton! Carty! Connery! Constantine! Dee! Ferns! Gill! Grant! Hammond! Hobley! Kidd! Macintosh! Morley! Thompson! Sleep!

In alphabetical order, the 20 celebs taking part in this year’s competition are…

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Leslie Ash

The 54-year-old actress is best known for her role in BBC1 90s flatshare sitcom Men Behaving Badly, where she played the reluctant girlfriend of Neil Morrissey’s Tony

Emma Barton

The former EastEnders star, 36, played Albert Square resident Honey Mitchell between 2005 and 2008 and made a brief reappearance earlier this year. She also headlined the musical Chicago alongside the great Gary Wilmot

Christopher Biggins

The one they call Biggins may be tempted to serve John and Gregg Porridge for a laugh – one of his first acting roles was alongside Ronnie Barker in the prison drama. The 65 year old is also know for his dedication to the art of pantomime and enjoyed a profile boost in 2007 when he was crowned King of the Jungle on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

Charley Boorman

The son of film director John Boorman and close friend of actor Ewan McGregor, Charley is best know for motorcyle-bound TV travelogues such as The Long Way Round,with McGregor, and subsequent travel shows of his own. He has some acting credits to his name too, including a lead role in his dad’s 1985 film The Emerald Forest

Tania Bryer

Tania began her career as a weather girl, starting out on Sky News before replacing Ulrika Jonsson on ITV’s original Good Morning Britain. She graduated to presenting and has since interviewed celebrities from politicians to Hollywood stars, and acted as a regular London correspondent for US entertainment shows

Amanda Burton

Former Silent Witness star Burton played pathologist Sam Ryan in the BBC1 crime drama from its beginning in 1996 to 2004. She was seen more recently in a stint as Waterloo Road’s head teacher Karen Fisher

Todd Carty

The man, the legend. Tucker from Grange Hill, and latterly Tucker’s Luck, Mark Mk II from EastEnders and the contestant behind the funniest ever performance on Dancing on Ice. Let’s hope his kitchen skills are better than his skating

Jason Connery

Son of the original James Bond, Jason is also very much an actor in his own right – and in an eerie coincidence once played 007 creator Ian Fleming in a TV drama. Those of a certain age will also remember him as the second coming of Robin Hood in ITV’s mystical Robin of Sherwood. He’s since added a new string to his bow as a director. Next up, TV chef…?

Susannah Constantine

One half of fashion makeover duo Trinny and Susannah, Constantine is best know for the pair’s hit BBC show What Not to Wear which ran for six years until 2007 and saw the pair dressing a total of around 5,000 women. We look forward to seeing Susannah’s flattering spin on chef’s whites…

Kiki Dee

Best known for her 1976 number one duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart with Elton John, Kiki Dee has released a total of 12 albums in a career spanning five decades

Alex Ferns

Another former EastEnder, Alex played Trevor Morgan, the man once voted “Britain’s most-hated soap villain” thanks to his psychological and physical abuse of wife Little Mo. In a now infamous scene in the couple’s kitchen, Mo wacked Trevor around the head with an iron, knocking him unconscious. Hopefully Alex will leave MasterChef with more positive kitchen memories…

JB Gill

The singer rose to the rank of celebrity as a member of X Factor runners-up JLS and went on to claim a solo crown, winning the 2012 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special. Next stop for reality show success: the MasterChef kitchen…?

Russell Grant

Another Strictly alumnus, flamboyant astrologer Russell was the viewers’ favourite in the 2011 series. He went on to play The Wizard of Oz in the West End but continues to share his starry predictions with the nation. So, Russell, who’s going to win Celebrity MasterChef…?

Alison Hammond

Big Brother provided a springboard to celebrity for Alison, who went on to star in Celebrity Fit Club, Celebrities Under Pressure, Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, Celebrity Ready Steady Cook and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! In case you weren’t clear, Alison is a celebrity

Tina Hobley

The actress is best known for BBC1 medical drama Holby City where she put in a hefty 12-year shift as ward sister Chrissie Williams until 2013. Tina now hosts a Sunday daytime show on Smooth Radio.

Jodie Kidd

The model and TV personality is a well known petrolhead and once set the fastest lap on the Top Gear race track. Her other celeb reality show outing was a little more sedate though, on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Millie Mackintosh

The Made in Chelsea star (and other half of rapper Professor Green) is often referred to as ‘the Quality Street heiress’ thanks to her connections to the Mackintosh confectionery legacy. Hopefully she’ll be doing a bit more than slinging a handful of sweets on a plate for dessert (although Gregg might not mind).

Ken Morley

It’s only Reg Holdsworth from Coronation Street!

Sophie Thompson

The jobbing actress was seen most recently on TV in episodes of Death in Paradise and Inside No.9 and on the big screen in Eat Pray Love and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. What’s more, she’s the younger sister of Oscar-winning Emma Thompson. Hopefully she’s at least better in the kitchen than Emma.

Wayne Sleep

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The celebrity dancer is a judge on ITV’s answer to Strictly, Stepping Out, and knows how to waltz his way round the kitchen too.