The presenter, singer, actor and comedian is one busy cheeky chappie! From The Chase to Doctor Who, his diary looks jam-packed. But who is the man behind that infamous grin? We investigate all you need to know…
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The Chase contestant mocked for lack of knowledge
Did you see The Chase last week? Viewers - including us - were shocked by a contestant's lack of common sense. Contestant Jack, 20, went up against chaser Paul Sinha with only £1,000, and was quickly caught out by the seemingly simple question: 'A man journeys across the USE on what mode of transport in David Lynch's biographical film The Straight Story? Rickshaw, lawnmower or mobility scooter.'
Jack said: "Lawnmower would be too ridiculous, and I'm not even sure what a rickshaw is. Should I know what it is?"
We love straight-shooting Bradley, who of course answered: "Yes!"
The clueless contestant went with mobility scooter, which was of course incorrect, and resulted on many viewers tweeting about the state of British education. We wonder whether perhaps the pressure got to him a bit.
Where is Bradley Walsh from?
Bradley was born in Watford and grew up in Leavesden. He was famed for his schoolboy football skills, scoring 64 goals on the school team.
Bradley Walsh – footballer!
After such a sporty start in life, it’s no surprise that Bradley was snapped up as a professional player for Brentford at the tender age of 18. Sadly for him (but luckily for TV fans) he was injured in the early 1980s. His love of sports has landed him the role of team captain on Play To The Whistle, a sport-based panel show hosted by Holly Willoughby.
Is Bradley Walsh married?
He is indeed. Bradley has been married to former dancer Donna Derby since 1997.
Bradley Walsh’s son and daughter
Bradley has a son called Daniel Walsh and a daughter, Margaret O’Connell.
How old is Bradley Walsh?
Bradley was born in June 1960 and is currently 57 years old.
Bradley Walsh on the National Lottery
After various jobs, including being a bluecoat at Pontins, Bradley scored his first TV job in 1994, presenting the National Lottery. He was quickly poached from the BBC by ITV who offered him gameshow hosting roles.
Bradley’s gameshow presenting
His first gameshow was called Midas Touch, and then in 1997 he was offered Wheel of Fortune after Nicky Campbell left the show. He worked here for a year (replaced by John Leslie) before deciding to try acting.
Bradley the actor
Bradley Walsh’s acting career began with a couple of minor roles, but his first regular job was on the soap Night and Day in 2002.
Bradley on The Chase
It’s hard to believe The Chase has been going since 2009, but it’s testament to its popularity – and Bradley Walsh’s presenting skills – that it still feels fresh after so many years. The ITV quiz show sees contestants play a professional quizzer (known as the chaser) including Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace.
Bradley Walsh to relaunch Bullseye?
There are currently rumours that the 1980s and 90s gameshow Bullseye could be due a revamp, with Bradley as its presenter!
Bradley’s role on Doctor Who
In 2008 Bradley was in two episodes of the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, and he obviously impressed.
In October 2017 the BBC revealed we’d be seeing a lot more of Bradley, as he was cast as the companion to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who in series 11, which will hit screens in late 2018. We can’t wait!
Law and Order UK
Bradley Walsh took on the role of Detective Ronnie Brooks in 2009 and stayed with the crime series for five years. When he left he said: “Ronnie Brooks is one of my best friends. It’s been an absolute pleasure to inhabit Ronnie’s Mac for as long as I have.”
He was such a hit on the show that when he announced he was leaving in 2014, ITV put the whole series on hiatus!
Bradley on Coronation Street
Corrie fans will remember Bradley’s character well. He played factory boss Danny Baldwin for two years from 2004-2006. He actually requested his character’s name, as his father was called Danny.
Bradley Walsh in panto
Bradley is a regular veteran of British pantomime, and over the years has appeared in Aladdin, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Snow White and Jack and the Beanstalk!
Bradley’s singing career – Chasing Dreams
As if acting and presenting didn’t keep him busy enough, it turns out Bradley has a beautiful singing voice too! In 2016 he released his debut album Chasing Dreams, which featured classic Rat Pack covers such as That’s Life and Mr Bojangles.
Bradley Walsh When You’re Smiling
Chasing Dreams was followed in 2017 by When You’re Smiling, featuring covers of classic songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, to name a few.
Bradley Walsh laughing
Bradley is famed for laughing and getting the giggles while he’s presenting – and it’s one of the reasons we like him so much!
Bradley’s TV shows
He’s hardly been off our screens in recent years, but it’s quite a diverse CV for our Bradley. He’s been in the TV series The Dangerous Book for Boys, Channel 4 series Lock, Stock…, played Brutus in SunTrap, a BBC comedy, and had a small role in TV movie Mike Bassett: England Manager, to name just a few.
Bradley Walsh presenter
In terms of presenting, as well as Wheel of Fortune and The Chase, he’s worked on Spin Star, My Little Soldier, Odd One In, and hosted countdowns including 50 Greatest Stars Polls and No1 Soap Fan. Keeping up? That’s without mentioning Sunday Night at the Palladium, Keep It In the Family, Cash Trapped and even an episode of The One Show. In 2014 he hosted the series Come on Down! The Game Show Story – a look back at British game shows that made us come over all nostalgic.
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