Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry vandalised Paul Hollywood’s car – and nearly got arrested for it

Paul Hollywood tells Jonathan Ross how the Bake Off judge almost got a ticking off for writing 'Love Mary x' on his car in permanent marker

The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood has told of how fellow judge Mary Berry vandalised his car by writing on it with marker pen.


According to Hollywood, the 79 year-old wrote her name on his prized vehicle but then had a change of heart several days later and tried to scrub it off. She didn’t have much luck, though, as it was written with a permanent marker.

Speaking during an interview for this Saturday’s Jonathan Ross Show on ITV, Hollywood revealed he had gone to collect his car after a day of work and was informed by security and a police officer that his vehicle had been attacked.

”They said ‘someone has written on your car – Mary has written on your car’. As I got closer to the car it just said ‘Love Mary x’ with a Sharpie,” Hollywood explained.

”I phoned her up because she was on her way home and I said ‘Mary what are you doing?’ ‘Oh I thought it was just marvellous’, – but the police officer was there and she said ‘would you like Mary arrested?”’ Hollywood joked that he very nearly said “yes”.

”I did get her back, though, because we were at Bake Off a week later and I couldn’t get (the pen) off and I said to her, ‘Mary, that’s still on my car’. I caught her – she went outside with a wet wipe, so I left her there for about half-an-hour.”

Elsewhere on the show, presenter Ross explained how he has recorded a Bake Off programme for next year’s Comic Relief and called it a ”once in a lifetime experience”.

Hollywood, however, didn’t seem too impressed with the host’s baking abilities, saying:  ”I was quite impressed with you, up until the moment you started. I would certainly say I have never seen anything like it before in my life – it was quite unique.”


Hollywood appears with Keira Knightley, Paul Merton and Gareth Thomas on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday at 10.00pm on ITV.