An aerospace engineer from Northern Ireland is hoping to soar to success in this year’s Great British Bake Off.

Andrew Smyth, a former pupil of Sullivan Upper who works for Rolls Royce, is one of 12 amateur bakers taking part in the BBC One show.

The 25-year-old, who lives with friends in Derby, will be hoping his soggy bottom isn’t a talking point for Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry as he aims to impress the judges.

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The Guardian‘s Stuart Heritage has this to say about the NI hopeful: “Not only does Andrew have the adorable man-baby face that traditionally sends viewers into fits of uncomfortably maternal lust, but he’s also a straight-A student who designs jet engines for Rolls-Royce. He’s got the looks. He’s got the technical prowess. He is bound to win the series, unless your mum invades the marquee halfway through and begs him to run off and marry you instead of your boyfriend, who she hates.”

A pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse, a teacher, a student and a garden designer are also among the hopefuls.

The Great British Bake Off returns to BBC One on Wednesday August 24 at 8pm.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will return to host the show.

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