7 things you didn’t know about The Chase star Bradley Walsh

From releasing chart-topping albums to driving tanks with his son... there's a lot to learn about TV star Bradley Walsh.

Bradley Walsh has become a household name thanks to roles on primetime TV shows like Coronation Street and Doctor Who. Most recently he has become a daytime hit thanks to his hilarious presenting skills on ITV gameshow The Chase.

But there’s more to Bradley Walsh than gameshow hosting. Here are 7 things you might not know about the TV star…

1. His first job was working for Rolls-Royce 

Bradley’s first job was working as an apprentice jet engineer for Rolls-Royce helicopter engines. The company had their own football team, and with Bradley being a keen footballer he was snapped up by a talent scout.

2. He was once a professional footballer

Bradley Walsh and Diego Maradona

Bradley playing in a charity football match Soccer Aid with Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona (Picture: Getty)

Back in 1978 when Bradley was just 18 years old he became a professional footballer for Brentford. Although he failed to make the first team he was regularly a member of the reserve team. He played for Barnet on loan and also played for Tring Town, Borehamwood and Chalfont St Peter before an ankle fracture brought his footballing career to an end.

3. His Coronation Street character was named after someone very special

Bradley Walsh as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street

Bradley appeared in Coronation Street from 2004 to 2006 (Picture: Getty)

In 2004 Bradley joined the cast of Coronation Street as factory boss Danny Baldwin. His character was originally supposed to be called Vic, but Bradley asked for his alter-ego to be called Danny after his late father.

4. He’s a legendary presenter

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Bradley hosting his ITV hit The Chase

 Despite appearing in TV shows like Doctor Who and Law & Order: UK, Bradley started his career in the entertainment industry by hosting game shows. In 1997 he presented Wheel of Fortune before going on to Spin Star, Keep It in the Family, Cash Trapped, and most recently The Chase.

He has also hosted numerous poll countdown shows and numerous episodes of Tonight at the London Palladium.

5. He’s a golf fanatic

Bradley played in The Northern Rock All Star Cup at the Celtic Manor Hotel in 2006 (Picture: Getty)

Bradley started playing golf when he was just 20 years old, and in 2006 Bradley took part in Northern Rock’s All Star Golf Tournament on ITV with his team winning the trophy.

6. Bradley Walsh released a chart-topping album

Back in 2016 Bradley released his debut album, Chasing Dreams, which got to number 10 in the UK album charts. The album features jazz hits like That’s Life and Mr Bojangles, but the title track was a song written by Bradley himself.

His second album, which was released a year later, was called When You’re Smiling and reached number 11 in the album charts.

7. He’s a dad of two

Bradley married dancer Donna Derby in 1997 and they welcomed their son Barney into the world in the same year. Bradley also has a daughter, Hayley, from a previous relationship.

Bradley and his son have appeared in various TV shows together and their latest series of Bradley and Barney: Breaking Dad has seen the pair travelling around America taking on challenges like driving tanks and feeding alligators.

The Chase continues on ITV.

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