Meet the Somerset vet on this year’s Great British Bake Off

Rosie Brandreth-Poynter Credit: Channel 4

The line-up for the new series of The Great British Bake Off has been announced - and it includes a veterinary surgeon from Somerset.

Rosie Brandreth-Poynter lives in the south of the county and works for Isle Valley Vets, which has practices near Chard as well as in Stoke-sub-Hamdon and Creech St Michael.

The 28-year-old Cambridge University graduate will make her bow on the competition - now in its 10th series - when it returns to television screens tonight (August 27).

Ahead of the show’s airing, Rosie revealed she likes to relax after work by baking through the night - and to keep the nurses at her surgery well-fed.

She said her favourite thing to bake is a box of mixed pastries and is often inspired by her rural surroundings - from the orchards next to her house to the eggs laid by her ducks and chickens.

The line-up for the new series of The Great British Bake Off is the youngest in the show’s history - and is comprised of 13 amateur bakers rather than the usual 12.

The baker’s dozen of hopefuls includes seven in their 20s while the oldest contestant is 56, with an average age of 31 in the tent.

In previous years there have been contestants in their 60s and 70s, and most line-ups have had an average age closer to 40.

The series will air weekly on Tuesdays from 8pm on Channel 4.