The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 contestants: Who is in the line-up for the BBC1 sewing competition?

THE Great British Sewing Bee 2022 is getting intense as it enters its fourth week.

Comedian Sara Pascoe has taken over from host and funnyman, Joe Lycett with a brand new lineup of ambitious sewers that will be cutting, stitching and embellishing their way through the show's challenges in hopes of being crowned the 2022 winner.

Who is competing in The Great British Sewing Bee 2022?

Angela

Angela is a Lancashire-based NHS health visitor and school nurse.

During the pandemic, she won an award for her work as a school nurse.

She has over 50 years of sewing experience and was taught by her mother who was a dressmaker.

Angela is the eldest contestant taking part in the 2022 season of The Great British Sewing Bee.

Annie

Annie is a Surrey-based buyer for a high street fashion brand who rediscovered her love of sewing during the pandemic.

She credits her grandmother as her inspiration to take up sewing.

Annie loves roller skating, camping and long walks.

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Chichi – eliminated

Chichi is a London-based research analyst with a passion for upcycling vintage clothing.

Originally from Zimbabwe, she grew up in Somerset and Hampshire, before moving to London.

She is passionate about music and has an obsession with animal print.

Chichi was sent packing on May 4 after her trainers for the Pattern Challenge failed to impress the judges enough to save her position in the competition.

Reflecting on her time on the show, the research analyst from Surrey said, “I’ll always be proud of what I’ve achieved and I’m going to miss everyone so much.”

Christian

Christian is a manager of a high street store in London.

He grew up near Transylvania as one of six children.

He learnt to sew after he was gifted a sewing machine at 18.

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Brogan

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Teacher Brogan is taking part in the 2022 season of The Great British Sewing BeeCredit: Love Productions

Brogan is a Spanish and French teacher originally from Edinburgh.

She was inspired to start sewing after watching the very first series of The Great British Sewing Bee.

She now makes clothes for her sausage dog, Roger.

Debra

Debra is an Anglesey-based collector of vintage designer accessories.

She began sewing when she was just nine years old, and takes inspiration from luxury designers like Gucci and Chanel.

In her free time, she enjoys being active and can often be found sailing and snorkelling off Anglesey.

Gill

Gill is a public health intelligence analyst who has been interested in sewing for the last three years after her husband bought her a sewing machine.

She taught herself how to sew and insists that her love for numbers helps her in her sewing.

She now makes clothes for herself, her family and even her greyhound, Maureen.

Man Yee

Man Yee is a London-based actuary originally from Hong Kong.

Her passion for sewing began a decade ago when she and her friends wanted to dress up as a Japanese anime character for Comic-Con.

In her free time, she enjoys going climbing with friends.

Marni

Marni is a Devon-based vet originally from Canada.

She is a Canadian First Nation member of the Maliseet tribe and has been sewing for 35 years.

Her signature style of sewing is using unique embellishments combined with recycled clothing and charity shop finds.

Mitch – eliminated

Mitch taught himself how to sew by reading books and studying online during lockdown.

He now runs a university theatre in Cumbria, working behind the scenes and directing when he gets the chance.

Mitch was once in an ABBA tribute band with his now-fiancee.

Mitch left the competition on April 27 after his Yorkshire mini skirt Pattern Challenge didn’t go quite to plan. 

Speaking about leaving the show, he said: “Coming into the sewing room is such a magical experience.

“I’m going home but there are 11 other sewing bees that are now my little surrogate family."

Richy – eliminated

Richy is a professional baker who enjoys knitting in his spare time.

His trademark is homemade bowties, of which he has over 50.

Richy enjoys creating historical garments and often finds himself in a museum.

Sadly, Ricky left the competition on May 11, after he failed to impress the judges with his Harem-style pants.

In the episode, the baker ran out of time and had to abandon the pleats on his pants and opted for a gathering instead and though he inserted a zip, it didn't work.

Speaking after the elimination, he said, “I’ve enjoyed it immensely. And I’ve learnt a lot of things from the other sewers. Like, it’s quite special isn’t it?”

Steve

Steve is a Newcastle-based running coach who got into sewing during the UK lockdown.

He moved to Newcastle with his girlfriend after giving up his office job and is now a full time running coach.

He's passionate about long-distance running and has competed in several ultramarathons.

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When is The Great British Sewing Bee on TV?

The Great British Sewing Bee continues on BBC One on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 pm. 

Previous seasons of the show are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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