Everything you need to know about Great British Bake Off legend Mary Berry


Mary Berry won viewers' hearts on the Great British Bake Off with her hatred of "soggy bottoms", her love of floral blazers and her encyclopaedic knowledge of baking.

The 81-year-old brought over six decades of baking experience to the tent, but will now be leaving the show as it moves from the BBC to Channel 4.

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only Undated BBC handout file photo of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, who have yet to confirm they will be joining The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry ( Mark Bourdillon/BBC)

Her first job in her home town of Bath was to make home visits and demonstrate electric ovens by producing a Victoria sponge - a cake which soon became one of her signature bakes.

She was keen to learn more and moved to Paris as a young woman to train at the famed Le Cordon Bleu school.

Mary Berry (Shine TV/BBC)
Mary Berry (Shine TV/BBC)

She quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer, publishing more than 70 books after her debut The Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook.

She became food editor of Ideal Home magazine for three years from 1970, and got her first TV break in 1973 on The Good Afternoon Show, establishing her as a familiar face on screen.

Mary married at the age of 31 and went on to have three children. Her son William died in 1989 in a car accident and she has spoken about her grief, and she is a patron of Child Bereavement UK.

Mary Berry in the Great British Bake Off kitchen
Mary in one of her famed floral blazers (BBC)

Alongside bread expert Paul Hollywood, Mary became a judge on the Bake Off when it launched in 2010.

This brought her to ever-greater public attention as the audience swelled to over 10 million, with viewers enjoying her relationship with Paul as well as with hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Paul Hollywood
Mary with Sue, Mel and Paul (BBC)

She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.