Little Britain star Matt Lucas is to replace Sandi Toksvig as co-host of The Great British Bake Off.
Lucas will join Noel Fielding in the Channel 4 tent when filming on the 11th series begins this spring.
“I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television,” Lucas said.
“I can’t wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers.” Sandi announced her departure in January after three years.
Fielding said: “I love Matt. I love his warmth and his comedy and his big joyful smile. I think if we play our cards right we could become the next Chas and Morph.”
Judge Paul Hollywood said the actor and comedian would be “a fantastic addition to the team,” while Prue Leith said: “The combination of Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding! Will we stop laughing and get any filming done?”
Matt Lucas made his name on madcap quiz Shooting Stars before his double act with David Walliams on sketch show Little Britain, which has been rumoured to be returning to TV after a one-off Brexit special on radio.
He has also starred in TV shows including Come Fly With Me and Doctor Who, and films like Bridesmaids, Alice In Wonderland and Paddington.