The Great Celebrity Bake Off will feature Scottish crumpet James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and more

The star-studded cast also includes a Little Mix singer and one of Harry Styles' bffs

James McAvoy attends the "Atomic Blonde" premiere 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 12, 2017
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Calling all Great British Bake Off fans! (That's everybody at this point, no?) Another celebrity season of GBBO is blessedly almost here, and this year's iteration features a fresh batch of British A-listers. 

Twenty famous folks from the worlds of movies, music, TV and sports will tie on an apron for the five-episode celebrity offshoot, which will air on Channel 4 in the U.K. this spring (and hopefully Netflix soon after for the rest of us). The special will benefit the Stand Up to Cancer campaign, a charitable effort from the entertainment industry to raise funds for translational cancer research through online and televised programs.

James McAvoy on the Great Celebrity Bake Off

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Among this year's illustrious bakers are two sci-fi superstars: James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley. Along with dramas like "Atonement" and "The Last King of Scotland," McAvoy is best known as Professor Charles Xavier in the "X-Men" franchise and as the multiple-personalities murderer in M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable" trilogy. Ridley, of course, leads the latest "Star Wars" sequel trilogy as the scrappy heroine, Rey.

Daisy Ridley on Great Celebrity Bake Off

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Joining those movie stars are Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall, "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke, comedian (and new "Doctor Who" companion) John Bishop, Olympic running legend Dame Kelly Holmes, radio broadcaster and Harry Styles pal Nick Grimshaw, Paralympian Ade Adepitan MBE, YouTube celebrity KSI, and more. 

Jade Thirlwall on Great Celebrity Bake Off

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One famous Brit who won't be taking part in the celebrity-focused special is regular "GBBO" host Noel Fielding, who welcomed a second child with his partner Lliana Bird this past fall. Fielding also sat out from last year's Christmas Bake-Off special due to his paternity break—TV presenter Tom Allen temporarily filled in for Fielding, and will also compete during this year's special. Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Matt Lucas will all be back in the baking tent to host and mentor the celebrity bakers. 

The celebrity series operates slightly differently from the usual "GBBO" episodes. Each episode will feature four new celebrity bakers, who will go head-to-head in three challenges—the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper—for the title of Star Baker. Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers and branded glass cake stand, however, the winner takes home a special Star Baker apron. Here's hoping none of this year's celebrity competitors suffer the dreaded soggy bottom!

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