Meet the celebrities taking part on Taskmaster 2020

Everything you need to know about the five comics hoping to impress Greg Davies and Alex Horne.

Daisy MAy Cooper, Jonny Vegas, Greg Davies, Richard Herring, Alex Horne, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan

Popular panel show Taskmaster is undergoing a big change ahead of its 10th series, making the jump from original channel Dave to a new home on Channel 4.

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But despite the new channel, early everything else about the show is staying exactly the same: Greg Davies and Alex Horne will still host, the challenges will be as ridiculous as ever, and of course there will be a top notch line up of comedians and entertainers competing to be crowned champion.

The latest line-up includes sitcom stars, standup-comedians and BAFTA winners – read on for everything you need to know about the five contestants.

The Contestants

Daisy May Cooper

Daisy May Cooper
Daisy May Cooper
Channel 4

Daisy May Cooper is best known for her BAFTA winning turn as Kerry Mucklowe on the hugely acclaimed BBC Three sitcom This Country, which she co-created and wrote with her brother Charlie.

Her other appearances include roles in the film The Personal History of David Copperfield and HBO series Avenue 5, while she has also appeared alongside her father on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas
Johnny Vegas
Channel 4

Vegas has been active in the UK comedy scene since the ’90s, a popular stand-up and a panel show favourite. He’s been a regular panelist on Shooting Stars, a guest captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and made several appearances on shows including QI and 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

He’s also got a wealth of acting credits to his name, with roles in sitcoms such as Ideal, Benidorm and Still Open All Hours – and of course there’s those famous adverts for PG Tips.

Katherine Parkinson

Katherine Parkisnon
Katherine Parkisnon
Channel 4

Comic actress Katherine Parkinson probably remains best known for her role as Jen on The IT Crowd – for which she won a BAFTA in 2014 – but she’s had a number of other acting credits as well, both in comedies and more serious fare.

Highlights include a main part in three series of Doc Martin, a lead role on Channel 4 sci-fi Humans and appearances in films including The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Radioactive.

Mawaan Rizwan

Mawaan Rizwan
Mawaan Rizwan
Channel 4

Mawaan Rizwan started his entertainment career on YouTube, and has gone on to pick up credits as an actor, writer and director as well as a successful stand-up comedy career.

Recently he was a main cast member on Sky One comedy Two Weeks Two Live – which starred Maisie Williams – while he has also written for Sex Education and starred in the BBC Three drama Murdered by My Father.

Richard Herring

Richard Herring
Richard Herring
Channel 4

A veteran of the comedy scene, Richard Herring started out as part of a double act with fellow stand-up Stewart Lee in the early ’80s, and more recently has been a hugely successful podcaster, with Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.

He has toured almost twenty stand-up shows, written several books and worked extensively in TV and especially radio.

The Hosts

Greg Davies

Greg Davies
Greg Davies
Channel 4

The Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies has fronted the show since it began back in 2015, and is also well known for his stand-up and acting career.

His best-known acting credits are the role of headteacher Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners and his BAFTA-nominated turn as Ken Thompson in Cuckoo, while he has made appearances on panel shows including Would I Lie To You? and Mock the Week as well as showing off his stand-up skills on Live at the Apollo.

Alex Horne

Alex Horne
Alex Horne
Channel 4

Davies’ sidekick – and often the butt of his jokes – Alex Horne is actually the creator of Taskmaster, having first devised the format for the Edinburgh Fringe back in 2010.

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Away from Taskmaster he is best known as the frontman of  live music variety show The Horne Section, with whom he has appeared on shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Taskmaster series 10 begins on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday 15th October. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide.