Bake Off’s Nadiya nearly quit the show before it even began

Nadiya Jamir Hussain
Nadiya Jamir Hussain
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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain has revealed she nearly quit the show - before even starring in it.

Hussain, who baked to victory in the nail-biting finale against Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming, told Hello! magazine: “Before I did Bake Off I did wonder if, after 10 years of being at home, I was work ready.

GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain

GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain

“When I was called for the final 12 I nearly rang to tell them I couldn’t do it.”

“My speech when I won came from somewhere deep. It was all about the boundaries I put on myself. But with each week of Bake Off another boundary fell away until I felt completely open and free to run as far as I wanted.”

Married to Abdal the couple have three children Musa, nine, eight-year-old Dawud and Maryam, five. Nadiya added that she definitely wants to keep baking and cooking.

“I’d love to do telly and write a book and whatever else comes along, nothing’s sealed yet. None of this feels like work, it feels like fun,” she said.

She is not the only one who has gained popularity with the show. She said her husband now has his fair share of fans too.

“I believe he’s what you’d call a dreamboat, that’s what it says in the papers,” she said, “Or ‘the Hottie with the Cappuccino Skin!’ That’s what I call him now. It’s not all that surprising though because he is lovely and quite handsome.”

Since her win she’s been hailed as a role model to many, which she says is a “fantastic thing”.

“From everyone’s responses it seems I’m representing Muslims, Bangladeshis, Luton, Leeds, stay-at-home mums, wives, mothers, the list seems to get bigger.

“But it’s actually a fantastic thing that so many people on so many levels can relate to me. That feels like quite a privilege.”