The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 contestants: Meet the line up of sewers on series 8

The Great British Sewing Bee series 8 cast, Instagram usernames and how to watch online

The Great British Sewing Bee is back for series 8 in 2022 – meet the line up of contestants here.

Sara Pascoe takes charge of hosting duties for the new series with twelve of Britain’s most talented home sewers competing to win one of TV’s toughest creative challenges.

Patrick Grant and Esme Young return to cast judgement over the creations as they decide who stays and who goes in the contest to find Britain’s best amateur sewer.

The Great British Sewing Bee airs Wednesdays at 9PM on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Meet the contestants on Series 8 of The Great British Sewing Bee below…

The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 contestants

Angela Fletcher


Age: 63
From: Lancashire
Occupation: Health Visitor & School Nurse
Instagram username: @sew.ange

Angela has 50 years of sewing experience having been taught to sew by her mother who was a dressmaker.




Age: 32
From: Surrey
Occupation: Fashion Buyer
Instagram username: @madeby_annie_

Annie, who works as a buyer for a high street fashion brand, was inspired by her nan to start sewing.




Age: 26
From: Leicestershire (Originally Edinburgh)
Occupation: Secondary School Teacher
Instagram username: @the_crafty_pie

Brogan started sewing after watching the first series of Sewing Bee as a child and loves to make clothes for her sausage dog, Roger.




Age: 23
From: Surrey
Occupation: Research Analyst
Instagram username: @saychichis

Chichi loves an animal print and enjoys using recycled fabrics and transforming vintage clothing.




Age: 29
From: London (Originally from Romania)
Occupation: Retail Store Manager
Instagram username: @cristian_mrsn

Cristian grew up near Transylvania as one of six children and learned to sew by watching his mother making her own garments.




Age: 51
From: North Wales
Occupation: Communication Lead & Personal Assistant
Instagram username: @debragoldenzebra

Debra started sewing at the age of nine, making outfits for her dolls.




Age: 44
From: Doncaster
Occupation: Public Health Intelligence Analyst
Instagram username: @theonearmedsewist

Gill started sewing when her husband bought her a machine three years ago and makes clothes for herself, her family and her greyhound, Maureen.


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Man Yee

Age: 25
From: London
Occupation: Actuary
Instagram username: @manyee.woo

Man Yee was taught to sew by her aunt when she wanted to dress as an anime character for Comic Con.


Marni Miller


Age: 50
From: Devon
Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon
Instagram username: @marnibettyvet

Canadian-born Marni has been sewing for 35 years and likes using unique embellishments such as discarded feathers combined with recycled clothing and charity shop finds.


Mitch Bridgewater


Age: 31
From: Cumbria
Occupation: Theatre Manager
Instagram username: @mitchbridgewater

Mitch, who loves a loud and lairy fabric, taught himself to sew by reading books and studying videos online.


Richy Wedge


Age: 34
From: Shrewsbury
Occupation: Baker
Instagram username: @the_back_stitch_boys

Richy enjoys producing historical garments, often burying himself in books or heading to a museum for research.


Steve Cowling


Age: 32
From: Newcastle (Originally from Essex)
Occupation: Personal Running Coach
Instagram username: @szczepan_cowling

Steve took up sewing as a lockdown hobby and now sews for at least two hours a day and often curates playlists to listen to when he’s sewing.


The Great British Sewing Bee airs on BBC One on Wednesdays.