The Great Comic Relief Bake Off: Victoria Wood crowned winner

She fought it out against Gok Wan, Jennifer Saunders, Michael Sheen

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Comedian Victoria Wood has been crowned the winner of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

The Acorn Antiques writer and actress was up against fellow finalists stylist Gok Wan, Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders, and The Queen actor Michael Sheen - who was beamed in via video-link on the programme from Los Angeles.

Wood wowed Mary Berry with her Two Soups cake, which the judge said "had Comic Relief written it all over".

Claiming her prize, Wood jokingly said: "It's been a pleasure to beat" to other contestants, with Sheen demanding a recount.

 

Wood added: "I'm very happy to have won, I was very surprised though."

Victoria started out the competition in a heat where she was up against ex-Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, model Alexa Chung and comedian Kayvan Novak.

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Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles in the Bake Off tent

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Admitting she has a competitive side, Wood said before she claimed her prize: "I know you're meant to say 'no no no, it's all about Comic Relief'. But I'm desperate to win, which is the sad truth."

The special edition of The Great British Bake Off was all in aid of Comic Relief.

This year, the charity is well on its way to achieving its aim of breaking the £1 billion barrier, with £7,041,801 already raised tonight.

The show kicked off with Radio 2 DJ Dermot O'Leary completing a 24-hour danceathon.

O'Leary finished up 24 hours of dancing outside BBC Broadcasting House, before dancing down Regent Street and ending up in the London Palladium, where the coverage is coming from.

Rowan Atkinson and Dawn French have also made an appearance, reprising their much-loved roles for Mr Bean and Vicar Of Dibley sketches.

Comedians Johnny Vegas, Patrick Kielty, Vic Reeves, Jack Dee and Mick Helm also took to the stage tonight as No Direction - a spoof version of One Direction.

Additional reporting by PA

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