Matt Lucas to replace Sandi Toksvig as host of The Great British Bake-Off

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Little Britain star Matt Lucas is to replace Sandi Toksvig as co-host of Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off.

Lucas will join Noel Fielding in the Channel 4 tent - as well as judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood - when filming on the 11th series begins this spring.

Toksvig announced in January that she was leaving the show after three series.

"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."

Fielding said that "if we play our cards right we could become the next Chas and Morph".

Lucas became a household name alongside David Walliams on sketch show Little Britain, as well as Reeves and Mortimer's quiz Shooting Stars.

He's also appeared in films including Alice In Wonderland and Paddington.

Richard McKerrow, chief executive of Love Productions, which makes the show, said: "It's extremely exciting to have Matt joining the Bake Off family, he's a phenomenal talent with a huge heart and we can't wait to enjoy the mischief and mayhem he and Noel will inevitably create in the tent."