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Who is Bake Off: the Professionals presenter Tom Allen?

The stand-up comedian and Liam Charles are back to host the Channel 4 Great British Bake Off spin-off

The Great British Bake Off: The Professionals - Tom Allen
Published: Monday, 21st May 2018 at 12:23 pm

Get ready for the toughest cooking contest in town as Bake Off: the Professionals is back and comedian Tom Allen is back on hosting duties alongside former GBBO alumni Liam Charles.

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Tom is, of course, no stranger to baking shows having been a part of The Great British Bake Off as a brief host and a contestant on the celebrity version earlier this year.

But who is the sarcastic stand-up comedian? And where have you seen Tom before? Here's everything you need to know...

Who is Tom Allen?

Tom was set for big things from early on in his comedy career - he was only 22 when he won the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny award at his first Edinburgh Festival in 2005. You can get a taste of his comedy from this 2016 appearance on Live at the Apollo:

He’s gone on to have a successful stand-up career, a popular podcast and some minor films roles - with co-stars including John Malkovich in 2005 film Color Me Kubrick and James McAvoy in Starter for 10.

Although not as familiar to Bake Off fans as his co-presenter Liam, Tom isn’t a complete stranger to the show – he’s previously been a guest on The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice and he has since gone onto cober hosting duties on occasion and appeared as a baker in the celebrity version earlier in 2021 - alongside former costar McAvoy.

Most recently, he has popped up on BBC1 game shows Wedding Day Winners and Ready or Not? and he is a frequent guest on Channel 4's The Last Leg.

Is he on social media?

Yes, Tom is a regular poster on both Twitter and Instagram and he provides great entertainment on both. Give Tom a follow!

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Bake Off: The Professionals starts on Channel 4 on Tuesday, 25th May at 8pm. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide or visit our dedicated Entertainment hub.

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