Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney has been named as the host of the upcoming series of The Great Pottery Throwdown.
The actress, who portrays Sister Michael in the comedy series, will be replacing Melanie Sykes on the competition show and will be joining new judge Richard Miller and resident critique Keith Brymer Jones when it returns.
Announcing her exciting new role on Twitter, Siobhán enthused: ‘So. I have a bit of news…. I’m so excited to say I’m the new presenter of @PotteryThrow!!!!!
‘We finished filming about a week ago. Ye are in for such a treat!!’
‘As a genuine fan of the show, you can imagine my delight when I was asked to present the next series of The Great Pottery Throw Down,’ she continued.
‘Despite assuring them I have no idea what I’m doing, Keith, Rich and the team have welcomed me to the fold with open arms.’
‘My calm and composed appearance on Bake Off has given me an insight into the pressures of these competitions, and I’m looking forward to comforting and cheering on our marvellous potters.
‘I’m very excited for this new adventure and plan on having and bringing a lot of fun to the wheel.’
Meanwhile, new judge Rich, added: ‘I’ve been working as Pottery technician on Throw Down since series 1 and it’s been such an inspirational and positive show to be a part of.
‘Having the opportunity to come back as judge is extremely exciting and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with Keith and Siobhán.
‘Keith’s enthusiasm is infectious, it’s going to be great judging alongside someone whose passion for ceramics matches my own. Plus, I no longer have to have sleepless nights worrying about dropping the potter’s creations en route to the kiln!’
Channel 4 has not yet confirmed The Great Pottery Throwdown return date, but seeing as filming is already wrapped it won’t be far off.