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LEGO MASTERS - meet the contestants

Eight competing pairs of all ages will have their design, originality and construction skills put to the test in a battle to be crowned LEGO MASTERS.

The series is hosted by DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom. Each programme tests a wide array of disciplines from the playful to the technical to the unexpected and judging is led by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design for the LEGO Group.

Meet the brick fanatics hoping to be crowned champions of the competition.

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GUY
AGE: Nine
HOME LIFE: Lives with Mum and Dad and younger brother.

ABRAHAM
AGE: Nine
HOME LIFE: Lives with Mum, Dad, older sister and brother and younger sister.


BACKSTORY:
Youngest team in the competition from Telford. Their favourite things to build are spaceships and aeroplanes. Abraham never leaves the house without his ‘emergency lunch box’ full of his favourite LEGO bricks – “you never know when you might be inspired to build”. Guy is a relaxed builder, who finds LEGO creative and great for relaxing in the evenings and weekends. For Guy, “build time is chill time”.

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DANIEL
AGE: 38
JOB: Bank Operations Manager
HOME LIFE: Lives in Northampton

JACK
AGE: 11
HOME LIFE: Lives with Mother, Lisa, step-dad and brother, also called Daniel.

BACKSTORY:
Uncle and nephew team from Northampton and Wiltshire. They have been united after Jack’s mum Lisa was diagnosed with cancer four years ago. Building with his uncle is what allowed Jack to have his own outlet during his mum’s illness. Lisa says that taking part in this competition is a cathartic experience for her son.

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MICHAELA
AGE: 17
OCCUPATION: Dance Student
HOME LIFE: Lives with her parents in Cheshire

JADE
AGE: 24
OCCUPATION: Teaching Assistant (currently a full-time mum)
HOME LIFE: Lives with parents and her 4-month-old baby (10-month-old baby now)


BACKSTORY:
Building-mad cousins from Cheshire who are more like sisters they spend so much time together. When it comes to their building styles, Michaela has a more systematic approach and likes to take her time to plan and build precisely. Jade is a more ‘messy’ builder and prefers to get stuck into the build with a more ‘trial and error’ approach. She admits she could learn from her cousin’s more accurate building style.

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JAMES
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: Engineering student at University of Cambridge
HOME LIFE: University in term time and Somerset in the holidays

JAMIL
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: Engineering student at University of Cambridge
HOME LIFE: University in term time and in London in the holidays


BACKSTORY:
Third year Engineering students at Cambridge University. They met in their first week of their degree, when they combined forces to design a LEGO robot for a coursework project. This collaboration inspired them to found ‘BLOC Soc’ – Building LEGO on Campus Society - Cambridge’s first and only LEGO society.

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FAOLÁN
AGE: 13
HOME LIFE: Lives with Mum, Dad, and siblings

JESSICA
AGE: 47
JOB: Horticulturalist
HOME LIFE: Lives with husband and three of her four children


BACKSTORY:
Mother and son team from Kildare in Ireland. Jessica’s most prized MOC (“My Own Creation”) is ‘Her Majesty’s Theatre’ which used no less than 57,992 LEGO elements. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber liked it so much, his company bought it from Jessica.

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JONATHAN
AGE: 11
HOME LIFE: Lives with his parents.

ARTHUR
AGE:
12
HOME LIFE: Lives with his parents.

BACKSTORY:
They are brick-building best buddies from Dorset. Arthur would love to create a LEGO New York’s Times Square and Jonathan’s dream build is a life-size replica piano. The pair anticipate they would need around 20,000 bricks for the piano and would like to have the keys on springs so that it can actually be played!

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NATE
AGE: 29
JOB: Teacher
HOME LIFE: Lives with his wife

STEVE
AGE: 42
JOB: Teacher
HOME LIFE: Lives with his wife and their two children.

BACKSTORY:
The AFOL teachers from Retford and Chester are a dynamic duo. Both host afterschool LEGO clubs and Steve also produces stop motion animation films with LEGO bricks and mini-figures. He even produced a five-minute film to the Italian Job that took him 400 hours to complete.

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NICOLAS
AGE: 40
JOB: Senior Lecturer in Psychology
HOME LIFE: lives with wife, son and daughter.

KOBE
AGE: 12
HOME LIFE: Lives with parents & sister

BACKSTORY:
Father and son team from Essex. Nicolas is a university researcher and teacher in cross-cultural psychology. Kobe loves to learn new facts, in particular - science and natural history. He has been called the “Google” of his class because he knows the answer to many things. Nicolas and Kobe often build together, which allows them to bounce off ideas and improve each other’s work through feedback.

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