BRADLEY Walsh is a regular on our teatime TV screens, with the popular ITV presenter hosting The Chase as well as other TV quiz shows.
But what do we know about Bradley, what else has he been in and how did he become famous? Here’s all the info…
How old is Bradley Walsh? What’s his background?
Bradley is 57 years old and was born in Watford, Hertfordshire.
He’s not the first to mention his working class background and his life growing up in a single parent family.
Bradley married choreographer Donna Derby in 1997 and they have a son, Barney, together – The Chase host also has a daughter, Hayley, from a previous relationship.
Who did Bradley Walsh play football for?
A man of many talents, as a teenager Bradley enjoyed a career as a professional football player.
He played for Brentford in their reserve team, with stints on loan at Dunstable Town, Barnet, Tring Town, Boreham Wood and Chalfont St Peter.
But his sporting success only lasted for a few years before ankle injuries forced him out of the sport.
More recently, the actor was tackled by Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona, while representing England against the Rest of the World in the first edition of the biennial charity football event Soccer Aid in 2006.
Bradley started that match and came on as a late substitute in 2010 – he was also one of the England team coaches in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
How did Bradley Walsh become famous?
After taking on a variety of jobs which included being a bluecoat at family holiday camp Pontin’s and a metal engineer, the star in the making landed his first regular TV job.
Bradley bagged a stint presenting the National Lottery on BBC One in 1994.
This then kicked off his run of presenting game shows – with Bradley taking over as the host of the popular Wheel of Fortune in 1997.
What part did Bradley Walsh play in Coronation Street?
Bradley hit the cobbles in 2004 as factory boss Danny Baldwin arriving in Weatherfield to help out his uncle Mike (played by Johnny Briggs).
His character encounters several dramas along the way which included finding out his uncle was really his father and being involved in several affairs.
He’s also left devastated when he discovers his wife in bed with his son – her stepson.
What TV shows has Bradley Walsh appeared in?
As well as hosting a variety of TV shows from Keep It In The Family to Tonight at the Palladium, Bradley is just as familiar for his acting.
Besides his two-year stint on Coronation Street, his acting credits include Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures and ITV’s crime drama Law & Order: UK.
He’s also enjoyed appearances on Night and Day, The Spa and SunTrap.
Will Bradley Walsh be the next assistant on Doctor Who?
Bradley Walsh has reportedly signed up to play the companion to Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord when the much-loved show returns.
The actor previously appeared in Doctor Who spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures, but it’s unlikely to be the same character.
A source confirmed to the Mirror: “It won’t affect his role as presenter of The Chase.
“He loves that show with a passion and so does the audience, so he’s delighted to have found a way to make it all work.”
With an official casting announcement yet to take place, it’s not known if Bradley will appear in the Christmas Day special.
What is Bradley Walsh’s album?
Bradley released his debut album Chasing Dreams in October and it’s since sold 111,650 copies.
The album far outstripped Zayn, whose debut record Mind of Mine sold just 65,208 copies last year, according to The Mirror.
The Chase star’s album was also named the nation’s seventh best-selling LP of the year overall.
He also outsold acts including Jack Garratt, Biffy Clyro and Tom Odell.
The former Coronation Street star previously said of his music career: “I grew up listening to legends such as Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Tony Bennett.
“From those early days I’ve always been a huge fan of this style of music and now to have the opportunity to record some of the greatest songs and arrangements ever written, alongside a 54-piece orchestra and band, is absolutely thrilling.”
What is Play to the Whistle? And how does Bradley Walsh feature in it?
Play to the Whistle is back for his third series and hosted by Holly Willoughby.
The This Morning host told Radio Times: “It’s a comedy entertainment show loosely pegged on sport, I think is the best way to sum it up.”
Bradley and footballer Frank Lampard are team captains.
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan serves as a panelist and Frank’s sidekick, and there are also celebrity guests from the worlds of comedy and sport.
The two teams compete in a series of silly games and quizzes, while comedian Seann Walsh keeps score.