Inbetweeners Neil actor Blake Harrison looks unrecognisable as he signs up for Great British Bake Off celeb show

HE rose to fame playing goofy Neil Harrison on hit E4 comedy The Inbetweeners, but these days Blake Harrison looks very different.

The actor, now 36, will next be seen taking part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off and surprised fans with his longer hair and grey speckled beard.

Looking a far cry from Neil, Blake now wears his hair in its natural curls alongside his rugged facial hair.

Celeb Bake Off SU2C returns with a new host of celebrities trying their best at baking to raise money for charity.

Featuring 20 different celebrities, they're split into groups of four going head-to-head in the five episode charity special.

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When the line-up was announced, Blake joked:"Hold on to your aprons!

"Very pleased to help out a fantastic cause like SU2C by potentially poisoning @paul.hollywood and the rest of the Bake Off team."

Blake played the nice but dim Neil on the show from 2008-2010 and also in the two movies.

His character was relentlessly teased by Jay, Will and Simon in the sitcom but never quite realised.

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Since then he has appeared in various other TV shows, including Way to Go, Him & Her, Big Bad World, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff, Edge Of Heaven and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

He also voiced Scoop in the reboot of Bob The Builder.

His film credits include Keeping Rosy, and the 2016 Dad's Army reboot, in which he played Private Pike, Ian Lavender's old character.

In 2017 he wowed viewers with his versatility again in telly crime drama Prime Suspect 1973, playing DS Spencer Gibbs.

He also starred in BBC drama Trust Me, playing Jodie Whittaker’s alcoholic ex-husband Trust Me.

Blake reunited with his Inbetweeners co-stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, and James Buckley, for their controversial reunion show in 2019.

James later complained the New Year's Day programme made him look like "f***ing idiot" after fans thought it would be a new episode.

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The cast has long ruled out making any more episodes, saying the fact they are not in their mid-30s would mean they can no longer play schoolboys.

James, who played Jay Cartwright, insisted: "There definitely will never be any more Inbetweeners."

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