His journey from Camden indie idol to Bake Off presenter is one nobody could have predicted.
He might play the jester on the most clean-living show on TV, but pre- Bake Off, his comedy was truly out there, especially in comparison to former hosts Mel and Sue’s innocent jokes about soggy bottoms (his surreal solo shows involved characters such as Roy Circles, a chocolate finger with shell shock, and Secret Peter, a man made out of melted Jelly Tots).
But that’s not the only surprise in Noel’s past. Like comedian Russell Brand, Noel, 45, is an ex-drug user, leading one newspaper to jokingly call the revamped show The Great British Coke Off.
Noel is also alleged to have dated Bob Geldof’s third daughter Pixie, now 28, while she was still at school – and reportedly counts a convicted killer, currently in jail, as a pal. Hard to imagine Noel is now one of the much-loved stars of the same show squeakyclean Mary Berry reigned over before it defected from the BBC to Channel 4. Noel’s definitely having the last laugh.
Showing off his feminine side in 2009