Meet the contestants for Show 2 of Let's Dance for Comic Relief

NOEL FIELDING

Noel Fielding is an English artist, comedian and actor. He is best known for his role as Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh.

Noel began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 90s. He came to prominence in 1998 when he and his writing partner Julian Barratt won the much coveted Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival.

The duo then went on to create the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh. Developed from three stage shows and a radio series, it has since spawned a total of twenty television episodes, two live tours of the UK, as well as two live shows in the United States.

Outside his work on The Mighty Boosh, Noel has also had cameos in a variety of comedy programmes including The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera, BBC3's How Not To Live Your Life and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. In 2007 Noel appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a panelist and is now a permanent team captain.

ANDI OSHO

Andi Osho is a British comedienne and actress.

After working in TV production for a number of years, she tried her hand at acting before embarking on a career as a stand up.

Andi had an impressive first year, reaching the final of five major new talent competitions including the Laughing Horse Competition and The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.

She has appeared in numerous theatre and TV shows including Mock The Week and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

In 2008 she co-hosted Tonightly with Jason Manford, a daily round up of satirical news and comedy. Andi is also part of the Stand Up For The Week team. Hosted by Patrick Kielty, the Channel 4 series features stand up performances about the week's topical events and is set to return in Spring 2011.

Read about Andi's experiences on the BBC TV Blog

CHARLIE BAKER

Charlie graduated from LAMDA in 1997 and was a TV warm-up artist in his early comedy career for shows such as Would I Lie to You? Mock The Week, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

In 2009 his debut Edinburgh Show The World's Greatest Show Off was awarded the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe award.

Charlie now performs at the world's best comedy venues and is a regular guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Richard Bacon's Beer and Pizza Club. He also recorded a set at The Comedy Store which aired this year.

Charlie has had various acting roles, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, The IT Crowd and The Long Firm. Aside from acting and being a stand-up comedian, Charlie is also a Jazz singer and musician. He has performed with The John Wilson Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and The Ted Heath big band.

JAMES THORNTON

James Thornton is an English actor best known for his role in Emmerdale where he plays hunky farmer John Barton.

James has his own experience of farming. He was brought up for 18 years in an old farm house, and each year he used to help harvest.

Before appearing in Emmerdale, James starred in a string of TV favourites including Holby Blue, Playing The Field and The Lakes. In his career James has played a number of roles including a nurse, fireman and even a tree surgeon!

In 2003 James married Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page. The couple worked together on the set of the TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield in 1999.

In 2010, James was nominated for 'Sexiest Male' at The British Soap Awards.

PENNY SMITH

Penny has had a long and successful career in television and is best known for her presenting role on GMTV, where she was on the sofa for an impressive seventeen years.

In Penny's early career she was a feature writer for the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and a news reporter for Thames News, Radio Trent and Sky News.

Penny has written for many newspapers and magazines and has published two novels; Coming Up Next and After The Break and is currently working on her third. Penny regularly contributes articles to national newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Mail, Woman and Home and The Lady.

She is also a regular on the sofa on This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Penny currently co-presents Market Kitchen: Big Adventure, with Matt Tebutt, on the Good Food Channel.

LULU

Lulu is a Scottish singer/songwriter and television personality who has been in the entertainment industry since the 1960s.

She began gigging at the age of 12 and by 15 had a massive hit with the single Shout. Lulu then found international fame when she landed a part in the Sidney Poitier film To Sir With Love in 1967 and subsequently a single of the same name reached Number 1 in the US charts. In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with Boom Bang A Bang and won the competition, scoring a Number 2 hit in the process.

Capitalising on her popularity, Lulu had many of her own television specials throughout the 60s and 70s which involved music and comedy.

She achieved her first UK Number 1 in the 1990s when she duetted with Take That on Relight My Fire.

Her many accolades include an OBE, which she was awarded in 2000. She has recently finished performing alongside Anastacia and Heather Small on the Here Come The Girls concert tour.

JARRED CHRISTMAS

As seen on The Persuasionists, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Argumental and Batteries Not Included, Jarred Christmas is one of the most hotly tipped comedians of 2011.

Originally from New Zealand, Jarred's unique comedy style has taken him all over the world performing at comedy clubs, festivals and on TV and radio.

With three sell-out Edinburgh Festival shows and 10 years performing on the best comedy circuits in the world, Jared's material is strong and distinctive, drawn from life experience and random happenings.

In 2010, after being nominated four times, Jarred took home the Chortle Award for Best Compere.

Read about the contestants from show one and show three.

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