Keira Knightley almost skipped her premiere to watch the 'Great British Bake Off' final.

Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood

The 'Imitation Game' actress is a huge fan of the BBC baking contest and was horrified to learn of a date clash between the end of the series and her own red carpet event.

Discussing celebrity fans, show judge Paul Hollywood said: "Keira Knightley. When she found out her premiere was the same night as the 'Bake Off' final, she didn't want to go to her premiere."

The show is set to return for a new series on August 5, and Paul and fellow judge Mary Berry have found the competition to be of a higher standard than in previous years.

Paul said: "This year's been a real game changer. They've all been exceptionally good right from the start and very professional in the way they attack the food."

Mary added to OK! magazine: "The contestants are more adventurous. They've watched 'Bake Off' before and they've really searched the internet to find new flavours.

"They're amazing. They know what is expected of them and they're out to do their best."