This lady is lined up to step into Mary's shoes...

Speculation has been rife about who will replace Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off and now it looks like the cat’s out of the bag…

Cookery writer and presenter Prue Leith will reportedly step into the legendary judge’s shoes when the revamped GBBO launches on Channel 4 this year after several years on the BBC.

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Prue, 76, has many similarities to 81-year-old Mary and it’s though that bosses have chosen her to keep some of the show’s original spirit.

‘In cookery circles, she’s practically royalty,’ a source tells The Sun of Prue. ‘Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over.

‘Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge. But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes.’

Prue was born in South Africa and has worked as a restauranteur and food writer. She even launched her own cookery college, Leith’s School of Food and Wine, in 1975 and has bagged both an OBE and CBE.

The businesswoman is also a familiar face on TV, having starred as a judge on BBC show The Great British Menu.

More recently she’s branched out into writing fiction and has released several novels.

Prue would join remaining judge Paul Hollywood on the new Great British Bake Off, which also requires new presenters after the departure of Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

It’s thought that the show’s bosses have been trialling potential replacements, with a source adding: ‘The secret to Bake Off is getting the right dynamic between the faces on-screen.’

Several famous names have been linked to the host role, including Jo Brand, Jennifer Saunders and Miranda Hart, but there’s been no news as of yet about who exactly will be spouting double entendres in the tent and shouting: ‘Get set – bake!’

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 says: ‘We’ll be announcing the line-up in due course.’