The Great British Sewing Bee: who are the contestants and when is it

The hit competition show The Great British Sewing Bee is back on BBC One today (April 27) with 12 ambitious sewers all hoping to win the crown.

Returning for its eighth season, the show will see further changes as a comedian Joe Lycett hangs up her role as presenter and passes it on to new host and comedian Sara Pascoe.

But not all has changed, with judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young returning to critique the contestant’s work.

The 12 competitors will compete in three challenges until one remaining contestant is named the best seamstress.

With tasks including a pattern challenge, a transformation challenge, and the final bespoke test when they have to create a complete outfit.

Ahead of the show’s return, we’ve got all the information you need about the promising contestants.

Meet the contests for The Great British Sewing Bee 2022:


Angela is from Lancashire and has 50 years of experience in sewing, she even won an award for her work as a school nurse during the pandemic.


From Surrey, Annie lives with her boyfriend and credits her grandmother for the inspiration to start sewing, and currently works as a buyer for a high street fashion label.


Brogan is from Edinburgh and teaches Spanish and French at a secondary school in Derbyshire and took up sewing after watching the first series of Sewing Bee as a child.


Debra started sewing when she was just nine years old and is inspired by luxury designers like Erden, Gucci and Chanel. She currently works in a multinational and loved to wear colorful designer creations.


Cristian grew up near Transylvania and learned to sew by watching his mother make her own clothes. He moved to the UK four years ago and now runs a department store in London.


Originally from Zimbabwe, Chichi grew up in Somerset and Hampshire before moving to London. She loves making creations from recycled fabrics and transforming vintage clothes.


Learning to sew on her own, Gill started sewing when her husband bought her a machine three years ago and now she’s ready to fight for the crown.

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Born in Hong Kong, Man Yee moved to Portsmouth as a child and started making dew a decade ago and currently works as an actuary in London.


Marni was born in Canada. She is a member of the Canadian First Nations of the Maliseet Tribe. She has been sewing for 35 years and has a distinctive style. She loves using upcycled clothes and charity shops.


Mitch taught himself to sew by reading books and studying online videos and has a passion for loud fabrics.


Richy enjoys creating historical clothing and often immerses herself in books or visits a museum. Her trademark is a homemade bow tie.


Steve started sewing as a hobby during lockdown and now sews at least two hours a day. He grew up in Essex but has since moved to Newcastle with his 16-year-old girlfriend.

How to watch The Great British Sewing Bee:

If you fancy watching the new series of the competition show, you can catch it on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 8pm on Wednesday 27 April.

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