Being a public figure comes with a lot of responsibilities, and Nadiya Hussain takes them seriously. The Great British Bake Off 2015 winner, in a brave first step, opened up her lifelong struggle with “extreme anxiety” and her journey to get help in a documentary.
She allowed cameras to follow her to spread awareness about mental health issues.
“I’m also aware I’m incredibly lucky because there are lots of sufferers who are undiagnosed or who are not getting professional treatment,” she said in Nadiya: Anxiety and Me, a documentary that saw her opening up about racism and bullying she suffered as a youngster.
A stay-at-home mum who loved cooking, Hussain is considered Bake Off’s biggest success story. An inspiration for British Muslim women, Hussain has “done more for British-Muslim relations than 10 years of government policy,” states a report for Panorama.
Her journey to the top has been a fast-paced, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Since winning the competition, Hussain has found television roles as guest presenter, been commissioned to present cookery shows and baked the cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration.
She is also the author of Nadiya’s Kitchen, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure; kids cookbooks Nadiya’s Bake Me a Story and Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story; and has penned a novel titled The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters and The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters,. She has judged Junior Bake Off and fronted a two part documentary in Bangladesh The Chronicles of Nadiya.
“I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again,” she said after winning the competition. “I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I’m never gonna say ‘I don’t think I can’. I can and I will.”
The 34-year-old was born in Luton