The Great Sports Relief Bake Off, week 3: meet the celebrity bakers

Geri Horner, Louise Redknapp, John Simpson and Jermaine Jenas are the stars whisking and drizzling this week...


Another week, another batch of celebrities baking their hearts out for Sport Relief. Tonight’s episode sees four new challengers battling it out to become Star Baker, but who will win? 


Ladies and Gentlemen, your new bakers…

Louise Redknapp


Louise first found fame as a member of 90s girl band Eternal. Since leaving in 1995 to pursue a solo career, she’s racked up eight top 10 singles and four top 10 albums. In 1998 she married footballer Jamie Redknapp who’s since gone on to forge a TV career commentating and captaining a team on Sky1’s League of Their Own. Louise has also done her own share of presenting work and has fronted advertising campaigns for Thomas Cook and Nintendo Wii Fit with her husband. 

John Simpson CBE


John has been the BBC’s World Affairs Editor since 1988, but his career – spent entirely at the Beeb – spans many decades, beginning with a punch to the stomach from then-Prime Minister Harold Wilson on his first day in the job. He’s since reported from more than 120 countries – 30 of them war zones.

Geri Horner


Geri Horner (née Halliwell) is best known to many as Ginger Spice. During her four years in the Spice Girls, the group became one of the most successful girl bands of all time, dominating the charts with their brand of Girl Power. Geri dramatically quit in 1998 to pursue a solo career, bagging four number ones, including It’s Raining Men and Mi Chico Latino. A Spice Girls reunion tour followed in 2008, but nowadays she’s rarely on the airwaves, instead carving out a successful career as a children’s author, sharing tales of nine-year-old Eugenia Lavendar.

Jermaine Jenas


Jermaine Jenas is a retired footballer who played for Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa and appeared 21 times for England – even travelling to the 2006 World Cup (where he failed to make it off the subs bench). The final years of his career saw him move to QPR before injuries forced his retirement. But he still works in football, nowadays appearing as a pundit for BBC’s Match of the Day. 


The Great Sport Relief Bake Off airs tonight at 8pm on BBC1 (It was postponed from last week to make way for the FA Cup)