They're just like us! But with loads more money for snacks!
Celebrities. They're just normal human people, you know. And like all normal, human people, they love baked goods. Sometimes they make them, sometimes they pose with them on Instagram, and sometimes, just like you or me, they like to watch members of the British public cry over them in a tent.
So to prove that the appeal of our beloved Great British Bake Off stretches beyond our biscuit-loving shores, here are some celeb superfans you might not have expected.
The pouting queen of the silver screen loves Bake Off so much that she even tried to bunk off a premiere to watch the 2014 final. "There was a real moment where I was like, 'No, but no, you don't understand'," she told Jonathan Ross during the promotional trail for The Imitation Game. "I did actually say to my agent, 'Can I just walk the red carpet and just go back and watch it?'" Keira's not exactly like one of us, though, because her superfandom was rewarded with a shoulder massage courtesy of Paul Hollywood himself. Ah, the focaccias those hands have seen...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
You can almost imagine it, can't you? Kate and Wills working their way through a Victoria sponge (named after Great, Great, Great, Great Granny, naturally) and knocking back mugs of builder's tea while shouting at tent hopefuls with a precariously swaying biscuit tower, "Keep that upright and I'll give you a knighthood!" Paul Hollywood revealed that the royal couple are fans of Bake Off, though Her Majesty the Queen admitted to Mary Berry when presenting her CBE that she's never watched the show. Er, awkward.
No surprises here – of COURSE Taylor Swift is a Bake Off fan, because Taylor Swift's number one hobby is being exactly like us. The Shake It Off (and sometimes Bake It Off) singer is reportedly so hooked on the show that she has her managers record every episode for her while she's on tour. "She's obsessed," a source told The Sun. "Especially with queen judge Mary Berry. GBBO's giving her new ideas for recipes in the kitchen that she's already been trying out." We love a reliable source as much as the next person (especially if its a sticky toffee one) – and TayTay as a Mezza Bezza groupie? Serious squad goals.
Perhaps even more surprising a superfan than Taylor is her BFF Lorde, the cooler-than-thou Grammy winner. Apparently, Taylor and Lorde like to dissect each episode over the phone, then compete over their home-baked attempts. "They both fancy themselves as potential bakers," claims The Sun's elusive source. How New Zealander Lorde and Statesider Taylor are getting past the BBC's international restrictions we don't know, but there are no prizes for guessing Lorde's favourite type of icing – it's (probably) Royal...
There's nowt better for the image of a moody vampire than a pinny and a mixing bowl, right? Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson hopped aboard the Bake Off bandwagon early, admitting in 2013 that he loves the show and had even been inspired to take up baking. Swapping the undead for underbaked bread, you might say.
Anyone worried that the country's profiterole needs aren't being represented in parliament can relax – Bake Off has a champion in the form of Labour MP and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson. "It has every ingredient – drama, comedy, tragedy, suspense," he told Radio Times. "And there’s something of Poirot and Miss Marple about Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry gathering the house guests before identifying the miscreants." Didn't manage to table a parliamentary debate over Bin-gate though, did you Alan? For shame.
The newly adorned Rio bronze medalist doesn't just love to bake – he's so confident in his skills that he'd love a spot on the all-star version of the show. In an interview with the Radio Times, the 22-year-old diver said, "I have a real sweet tooth and I treat myself to a frozen yogurt or bit of cheesecake a couple of times a week. I’m a very keen baker. I’ve got the art of cheesecake down to a T. Celebrity Bake Off? Yep, that’s the dream." A pro athlete who is also game for puff pastry? That's our kind of guy.
Hey, a goal's a goal – whether you're showing off fancy footwork or fancy sugarwork, or hefting a ball or a plate of profiteroles into the back of the net. Arsenal midfielder and Welsh international Aaron Ramsey might not be the most prolific #GBBO tweeter the world has seen, but his emoji says it all. Turns out when it comes to Bake Off, footballers are just like the rest of us: dribbling.