Great British Bake Off: Lizzie ‘heartbroken’ as Freya leaves show ... but they’re bezzie mates off screen

Liverpool’s Lizzie Acker eased through to week six of Great British Bake Off with her typically unique style but had to wave goodbye to her good friend and vegan baker Freya Cox.

Lizzie is into week six of Great British Bake Off. Image: @BritishBakeOff/twitter

Lizzie impressed Great British Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with her Cheeky Boys biscuits and Bavarian fairy tale cake showstopper in German week.

But while the 28-year-old continues as one of seven remaining contestants on Channel 4’s hit show, Lizzie had to bid a heartbreaking farewell to kindred spirit Freya, who was eliminated in week five.

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Lizzie’s gave her Cheeky Boys biscuits eyelashes and lipstick. Photo: @BritishBakeOff/twitter

The duo struck up a special bond from the moment they first met in the famous GBBO tent and have continued that relationship outside the show.

Car production operative Lizzie and 19-year-old psychology student Freya, from Scarborough, meet up most weekends, have matching tattoos and even share clothes.

How they first connected

“So, Freya rocked up to the bubble in a colourful coat which I loved,” Lizzie explained on Instagram. “She was the first baker I met and it felt like we had known each other for years.

“Instantly, I was awe of this girl - when I was 19 I just wanted to get drunk.

“However, Freya put herself out there to be judged by the whole nation. Not only that, but she made things ten times harder for herself by making her bakes vegan - and represent the things she believes in.”

Friendship after Bake Off

“So, when it came to saying bye in the tent it was heartbreaking.

“However, I now see her most weekends, have drove around the country with her in tow, got matching tattoos and she steals my clothes. She has claimed the spare room in my house when I finally move in.

“I don’t think there’s any getting rid of her soon. Which I am pretty happy about.”

Lizzie’s funniest and most memorable moments so far

The Liverpudlian has left the GBBO presenters and audience in stitches since day one of the show with her stories and quick wit.

Lizzie, who lives with her partner and their dog, Prudence, in an annex in her parents’ garden, started the series with a surreal story relayed to presenter Noel Fielding about an ‘unhinged’ ostrich riding off with her as a child.

The tale seemed so incredible, she later took to social media to post photographic evidence of the ostrich fiasco.

Lizzie also admitted to the other GBBO presenter Matt Lucas that she was watching Harry Potter instead of practising baking.

Other gems from Lizzie include: “Stick to what you know when you don’t know nothing.”

And sharing that her “deceased pet pig Susie” was the inspiration behind her Pig Banquet Milk Bread Display showstopper.

In last week’s show, Lizzie presented Birkenhead-born judge Paul Hollywood with a miniature purple bin emblazoned with the slogan “I’m wheelie born in Liverpool. ”

The iconic purple bins are only issued to residents living within in Liverpool city council boundaries and if you have one, you’re deemed a ‘real Scouser’.

Other areas such as Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral - where Hollywood is from - do not have them.

Dyslexia and ADHD

She also revealed on social media this month that she is severely dyslexic and on the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) spectrum.

Lizzie is pictured on her Instagram page with the latest GBBO cookbook The Great British Bake Off: A Bake for all Seasons featuring judges recipes and favourites from the 2021 bakers.

She said: “For anyone to see themselves in a book is surreal, but for me it feels super odd. I am severely dyslexic and on the ADHD spectrum. I don’t read books, so having recipes I came up with in a book is mind blowing.”