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Michael Chakraverty

As a contestant on the 2019 series of The Great British Bake Off, Michael cemented himself as a fan favourite with his quick sense of humour, willingness to show vulnerability and ability to find joy in difficult situations.

When he is not dreaming up new flavour combinations or exciting bakes, Michael is often found at an eclectic mix of comedy, music and theatre performances. A keen runner, reader and traveller, Michael is a mental health advocate and volunteers as a Dementia Friend Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Michael co-hosts the menkind podcast with Mark Watson on which they discuss modern masculinity and gender with a range of guests. Michael has been a guest on the Love Island: The Morning After, Made Of Human and The Hoovering Pod podcasts as well as being interviewed for the Head Talks series. He has also written for the Guardian, the i Paper, Metro, The Huffington Post and Catapult magazine, and been a guest on The Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2), Good Morning Scotland and Mornings with Kaye Adams, both on BBC Radio Scotland. Michael had a recipe featured in the Guardian’s Feast magazine and was a featured guest at DragCon UK. He has worked with brands such as Waitrose, Disney+, Tesco, Quaker Oats, Now TV and Mars/M&Ms, as well as fronting campaigns for the Samaritans and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Michael hails from Scotland where he grew up and studied (achieving a first-class honours degree in English Literature) before moving down to Warwickshire where he now lives.

Michael is eager to explore conversations around mental health, dementia and LGBTQ+ culture. At home, on screen, behind a microphone or with a pen in his hand, Michael engages effortlessly with the world around him – and has a lot of fun doing so!

Television & Radio credits

The Great British Bake Off Channel 4
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice Channel 4
Love Island: The Morning After podcast ITV2
The Jeremy Vine Show BBC Radio 2
Good Morning Scotland BBC Radio Scotland
Mornings with Kaye Adams BBC Radio Scotland