Taskmaster 2021 line-up: Meet the new celebrity contestants for season 12

Everything you need to know about the celebrity line-up taking part in season 12 of Taskmaster.

Alan Davies, Desiree Burch, Guz Khan, Morgana Robinson, Victoria Coren Mitchell

Series 12 of Taskmaster is well underway, with episode two of the entertainment show airing tonight (Thursday 30th September) on Channel 4.

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The ongoing series marks the panel game’s third series to air on Channel 4 after making the move from Dave in 2020. This time, The Cleaner‘s Greg Davies and show creator Alex Horne are making another line-up of comedians, broadcasters and actors complete ridiculous tasks for our entertainment.

Tonight’s episode will feature space hoppers, taste tests and a whole load of doggy bags – but who are the Too Hot to Handle, Man Like Mobeen, Only Connect, QI and The Windsors stars taking part?

Here’s everything you need to know about the cast of Taskmaster series 12

Alan Davies

Taskmaster Series 12 Alan

Many will know Alan Davies for his long-running role as the resident quipster on QI, but the comedian, actor and writer has had a long and varied career beyond that. He’s completed successful stand up tours, written two autobiographical books, and made countless TV appearances in drama, comedy and panel shows. He is known in particular for playing the title character in BBC crime drama Jonathan Creek for nearly twenty years between 1997 and 2016.

Davies continues to appear on QI as the only permanent panellist, and also hosts a chat show on Dave called Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.

Desiree Burch

Taskmaster Series 12 Desiree

American star Desiree Burch first moved into comedy in 2015 when she won at the Funny Woman awards, and has since appeared on a number of panel shows including The Mash Report and Mock the Week. She has also had the illustrious honour of hosting Live at the Apollo.

In addition to her stand up work, Burch will be known to many for presenting several Netflix projects – including physical game show Flinch, as well as narrating breakout reality hit Too Hot to Handle.

Guz Khan

Taskmaster Series 12 Guz

Guz Khan is best known for creating, writing and starring in BAFTA-nominated BBC Three comedy series Man Like Mobeen, which follows his stand-up creation Mobeen as he raises his sister in Birmingham.

However Khan is also well known for his stand-up appearances on Live at the Apollo, as well as further acting work in Idris Elba sitcom Turn Up Charlie and mini-series Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Morgana Robinson

Taskmaster Series 12 Morgana

Morgana Robinson is an impressionist, comedian, writer and actress, best known for writing her own Channel 4 sketch programme The Morgana Show and impersonating all sorts of celebrities in mockumentary Morgana Robinson’s The Agency.

She is another regular on the panel show circuit, including 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown – in which she appeared in character as Natalie Cassidy no less – as well as showcasing her famous impressionist skills as Pippa Middleton in Channel 4 parody The Windsors.

More recently Robinson has appeared in Roald Dahl remake The Witches, as well as David Schwimmer sitcom Intelligence.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Taskmaster Series 12 Victoria

Victoria Coren Mitchell is best known for hosting the fiendishly difficult quiz show Only Connect on BBC Two, as well as making regular appearances on panel shows such as QI, Have Got News For You and The Last Leg.

However Coren Mitchell’s wide array of skills will surely come in helpful in Taskmaster, as she is also an accomplished poker player – she was the first player to win two European Poker Tour Main Events – and has also been a regular newspaper columnist since she was fourteen years old.

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She recently hosted an episode of Only Connect sporting what appeared to be a red wig – prompting viewers to speculate that this was part of a Taskmaster challenge…

Taskmaster series 12 continues on Channel 4 on Thursday 30th September at 9pm. If you’re looking for something else to watch, check out our TV Guide. Visit our hub for more Entertainment news.