Nadiya Hussain

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Nadiya Hussain
Born Nadiya Jamir Begum
(1984-12-25) 25 December 1984 (age 33)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Nationality British/Bangladeshi
Ethnicity Bengali
Occupation Television personality, newspaper columnist
Years active 2015–present
Agent AK Artist Management
Television The Great British Bake Off
Loose Women
Spouse(s) Abdal Hussain
Children 3
Website Official website

Nadiya Jamir Hussain[1] (born 25 December 1984) is a British-Bangladeshi baker, columnist and author, who won the sixth series of BBC's The Great British Bake Off.[2][3] Hussain is a columnist for The Times Magazine and Essentials Magazine, has signed publishing deals with Penguin Random House,[4] Hodder Children's Books,[5] and Harlequin.[6] She is also regular reporter for The One Show and a guest panellist on Loose Women.[7]

Early life

Hussain is a first-generation Bangladeshi born and raised in Luton, where she attended Challney High School and Luton Sixth Form College. She was one of six children, with three sisters and two brothers.

Hussain learned basic cooking skills at school; her mother never baked and used the oven for storage. She taught herself the rest from recipe books and watching videos on YouTube. Her favourite book is a baking book by Irish novelist Marian Keyes.[8]

At the time of The Great British Bake Off, Hussain was a full-time mum living in Leeds with her husband, an IT specialist, and studying for an Open University degree in Childhood and Youth Studies.[9] As part of a pre-arranged wager with her husband, their house was sold, within seven days, in preparation for a move to Milton Keynes.[8]

Television career

The Great British Bake Off

In 2015, Hussain appeared on and won the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. During the final she baked 16 iced buns in three hours, as well as raspberry-flavoured mille-feuille, to one of Paul Hollywood's recipes, in two hours, and a multi-layered presentation showstopper which took the form of "My Big Fat British Wedding Cake", in a time of four hours. During her acceptance speech, she said, "I'm never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never gonna say I can't do it. I'm never gonna say 'maybe'. I'm never gonna say, 'I don't think I can.' I can and I will."[10]

With more than 15 million viewers, the final was the most-watched show of 2015.[11] Her appearance on the show, and ensuing popularity with audiences, were deemed important steps toward shifting stereotypes about the Muslim community and acceptance about cultural diversity.[12][13][14]

Hussain established a large following on social media thanks to her stunning show-stoppers and her illuminating facial expressions, her online followers describe themselves as "Nadiyators" and also won backing of Prime Minister David Cameron.[15]

The Chronicles of Nadiya

Hussain is to front BBC1 travel cookery show, in which she travels to Bangladesh to trace her culinary roots.[16] The show is produced by Love Productions, creators of The Great British Bake Off.

Media appearances

On Christmas Day 2015, Hussain made a cameo appearance in the BBC One show Michael McIntyre's Big Christmas Show recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.[17] Hussain has been a regular reporter for The One Show on BBC One.[18][19]

Hussain is a guest presenter on Loose Women.[7] She announced on the programme that she had been given the honour of baking Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday cake,[20][21] an orange drizzle cake with orange curd and orange butter cream. Hussain said: "When I told the kids (I was making a cake for the Queen), the boys were great at keeping it a secret. I told my daughter and she said, 'Oh Mary Berry? You’ve made lots of cakes for Mary Berry'."[22]

Writing career

Hussain writes a weekly column for The Times Magazine, a part of the Saturday supplement of The Times,[8][23][24] as well as a monthly column in Essentials Magazine,[25] and her recipes have also appeared in BBC's Good Food magazine.[26]

In December 2015 Hussain was signed by UK publisher Michael Joseph, part of Penguin Random House,[4] for her debut book featuring both cooking and baking recipes. She is also writing a children's book of stories and recipes, due to be published by Hodder Children's Books[5] and is writing three contemporary women’s fiction novels for Harlequin.[6]

In 2016 Hussain was a Judge alongside Tom Fletcher on ITV Lorraine's competition to find a new children's author.[27]

Baking career

Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday

Nadiya was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to bake Elizabeth II's cake as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. Hussain chose to bake an orange drizzle cake with orange curd and orange buttercream.[28][29]

Personal life

Hussain is married to Abdul Hussain and they have three children - two sons and a daughter.[8][30] Hussain's birthday is on Christmas Day[31] and her sister Sadiya's birthday is on Christmas Eve.[32]


Year Title Channel Role
2015 The Great British Bake Off[11] BBC One Contestant
2015, 2016— The One Show[18][19] Guest, reporter
2016— Loose Women[7][22] ITV Guest panellist
2016 The Chronicles of Nadiya BBC One Presenter
Guest appearances



  1. Khaleeli, Homa (12 October 2015). "Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain: 'I wasn't thinking about representing Muslims, I was thinking about my bakes'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. Robinson, Martin; Freeth, Becky (8 October 2015). "Nadiya cried, Mary Berry cried... then we all cried: Viewers reduced to tears as Bake Off favourite secures emotional victory by making the British wedding cake she missed out on at her own ceremony". Daily Mail. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  3. Ward, Rachel (8 October 2015). "The Great British Bake Off 2015: the final - Nadiya crowned winner". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cowdrey, Katherine (17 December 2015). "GBBO winner Nadiya cuts deal with Michael Joseph". The Bookseller. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eyre, Charlotte (14 January 2016). "GBBO's Nadiya Hussain to write children's book". The Bookseller. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Cowdrey, Katherine (11 April 2016). "GBBO's Nadiya Hussain to write women's fiction for HQ". The Bookseller. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Welsh, Daniel (2 February 2016). "'Great British Bake Off' Winner Nadiya Hussain Lands 'Loose Women' Guest Panellist Role". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "What Nadiya did next". The Times. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  9. Millard, Rosie (7 October 2015). "Bake Off's Nadiya on her baking inspiration, coping with fame and why her headscarf doesn't stop her loving tea and bunting". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  10. "'I can and I will': the best acceptance speeches ever". The Guardian. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "The Great British Bake Off most-watched TV show in 2015". BBC. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  12. Aly, Remona (8 October 2015). "Nadiya Hussain Has Won So Much More Than The Great British Bake Off". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  13. Turner, Terry (20 October 2015). "Muslim Mom Wins Prestigious UK Bake-off, Recipe for Race Relations". Good News Network. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  14. Oot, Torey Van (27 October 2015). "How One Woman Is Using Her Oven To Change The Way The World Sees Muslims". Refinery29. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  15. "Great British Bake Off: David Cameron reveals he wants Nadiya to win final". The Independent. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  16. "Bake Off's Nadiya Hussain to host travel cookery show". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Michael McIntyre's Big Show - Production Details & Cast and Crew - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "BBC One - The One Show, 04/12/2015". BBC. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "BBC One - The One Show, 08/01/2016". BBC. 
  20. Welsh, Daniel (15 April 2016). "Great British Bake off winner Nadiya Hussain bestowed honour of baking Queen's 90th birthday cake". The Mirror. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  21. Frost, Caroline (15 April 2016). "‘Great British Bake Off’ Champion Nadiya Hussain Will Bake HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday Cake". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Icing on the cake for Yorkshire’s own Nadiya - she’s baking for Queen’s 90th birthday". The Yorkshire Post. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  23. Waring, Olivia (13 November 2015). "Great British Bake Off champ Nadiya Jamir Hussain lands her Berry own column". Metro. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  24. Welsh, Daniel (13 November 2015). "'Great British Bake Off' Winner Nadiya Hussain Lands Weekly Cookery Role in the Times Magazine". Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  25. "#NadiyaBakes". Essentials. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  26. "Christmas white chocolate traybake". Good Food. December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  27. Eyre, Charlotte (11 February 2016). "ITV's Lorraine launches children's writing comp". The Bookseller. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  28. "'British Bake Off' Winner Takes On The Toughest Judge Of All: The Queen". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  29. "Queen's 90th birthday: What it's like baking Her Majesty's birthday cake". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  30. Sawer, Patrick (3 October 2015). "Bake Off's Nadiya, the hometown heroine making young British Muslims proud". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 November 2015. 
  31. Sayid, Ruki (20 November 2015). "GBBO winner Nadiya says 'be like a baker' and prepare for Royal Mail's last posting dates before Christmas". The Mirror. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  32. Hussain, Nadiya (19 December 2015). "Nadiya Hussain's sour cherry florentines". The Times. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 

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