Bradley Walsh on The Chase, his family and funniest moments

Whether he's making us laugh on The Chase or having an adventure with his son, there are so many reasons we love Bradley Walsh.

Bradley Walsh

by Lorna White |

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…

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.

Is Bradley Walsh married?


He is indeed. Bradley has been married to former dancer Donna Derby since 1997. The pair have two children together and live in Essex.

How many children does Bradley Walsh have?

Bradley has two children, a son called Barney, whom he appeared on The Dangerous Book for Boys and Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad with, and a daughter, Hayley.

How old is Bradley Walsh?

Bradley was born in June 1960 and is currently 61 years old.

Bradley’s singing career

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.

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's funniest moments

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!

Here are some of his funniest moments from The Chase.

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 along with his son, Channel 4 series Lock, Stock…, Coronation Street as Danny Baldwin, Doctor Who, played Brutus in SunTrap, a BBC comedy, and had a small role in TV movie Mike Bassett: England Manager, to name just a few.

In 2020, it was announced that Bradley had been cast as Pop Larkin, in a new six-part adaptation of The Darling Buds of May, The Larkins.

Bradley Walsh and son on Breaking Dad

In 2019 Bradley and his son, Barney, teamed up to do a fun TV series together, where Barney takes his dad on adventurous road trips around the world. So far there’s been three series, which has seen the father-son-duo travel to many destinations, including the USA, Italy and even Germany. And if you’re a fan of the show you’ll be pleased to know that it won’t be long until the fourth series, as Bradley’s already revealed where the pair are heading next.

Speaking on This Morning he said: “We’re off to Scandinavia and that’s been fantastic. I got a phone call this morning in the car from a couple of companies for me to go New Zealand, saying ‘Can we please bring Breaking Dad to New Zealand?’

“They’re desperate for it, it’s a big hit in New Zealand.”

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!

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.

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!

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.

His first game show 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 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 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.

It was recently announced Bradley would be the new host of Blankety Blank!

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 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.

What is Bradley Walsh's net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bradley's estimated worth is around $8 million, which in British pounds, is close to £6 million.

What is Bradley Walsh's height?

Bradley's not too tall, and he measures at 5ft 8in, that's around 1.75m.

Is Bradley Walsh leaving The Chase?

Not on our watch! Bradley is a busy man but, thankfully, there has been no talk about him leaving The Chase - imagine!

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