Who is Matt Lucas? Comedian announces exit from Great British Bake Off

Matt Lucas joined The Great British Bake Off two years ago  (PA)
Matt Lucas joined The Great British Bake Off two years ago (PA)

Matt Lucas has announced his departure from The Great British Bake Off, explaining he can no longer commit to the programme’s schedule alongside his other projects, including his role as a host on Sky Max’s Fantasy Football League comedy chat show.

The 48-year-old has been part of the Channel 4 baking show since 2020.

Active in the entertainment industry since the early 1990s, Lucas has built up an astounding portfolio and net worth.

Here is a highlight of his career and earnings.

Who is Matt Lucas?

Lucas is an actor, comedian and television presenter best known for the BBC comedy series Little Britain and Come Fly With Me along with David Walliams. He is also notable for portaying the role Nardole in the 10th season of Doctor Who.

Born in Paddington, he was educated at Aylward Primary School and Haberdashers’ Boys’ School in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, the same school as comedians David Baddiel and Sacha Baron Cohen. He studied drama at the University of Bristol, although he did not complete his degree. He also spent time with the National Youth Theatre, where he met his future collaborator David Walliams.

Lucas rose to fame as George Dawes in Shooting Stars, playing a giant baby who would deliver a string of meaningless gags and insults before delivering the teams’ scores, while sitting at and playing a drum kit. He has also ventured into music videos and stage musicals. He appeared in Blur’s Country House, Pet Shop Boys’ I’m with Stupid as well as Ben Folds’s Jesusland.

The 48-year-old played the performance artist Leigh Bowery in Boy George‘s musical Taboo at The Venue in London.

More recently, he has appeared in films including Paddington, Small Apartments, Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland.

He has been hosting The Great British Bake Off since 2020 alongside Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

In late 2006, he entered a civil partnership with his boyfriend Kevin McGee; however, the pair separated in 2008. McGee died in 2009.

In 2021, Lucas became a German citizen and collected a certificate of naturalisation from the German embassy – 83 years after his grandmother fled Berlin.

What is Matt Lucas’s net worth?

According to celebritynetworth.com, Lucas has a net worth of $15 million (£12.3 million).