Bradley John Walsh (born 4 June 1960) is an English comedian, television presenter, actor, singer, and former professional footballer. He has portrayed DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK, and Graham O'Brien in Doctor Who, and hosted ITV game shows The Chase and Cash Trapped.
Walsh in July 2012
Bradley John Walsh
4 June 1960
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Residence||Epping, Essex, England|
|Education||Francis Combe School|
|Occupation||Actor • television presenter • comedian • singer • footballer|
|Home town||Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Television||The Chase • Law & Order: UK • Doctor Who|
Donna Derby (m. 1997)
Walsh also hosted the annual Crime Thriller Awards and the Specsavers Crime Thriller Club on ITV3. He hosted the variety show Tonight at the London Palladium and was a team captain on the sports-themed panel show Play to the Whistle.
Walsh was born in 1960 in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Margaret and her husband Daniel. He grew up near Watford, in Leavesden, with his parents and sister Kerri. Walsh attended what is now Francis Combe Academy, a comprehensive school in Garston, Hertfordshire, which was then known as simply Francis Combe School. Leaving school at 16, Walsh got a job as an apprentice at Roll-Royce's aircraft engine factory in Watford.
In late 1978, at the age of 18, Walsh became a professional football player for Brentford although he failed to make the first team and was regularly a member of the reserves. Walsh's time at Brentford also saw him play for Barnet on loan, making five Southern Football League appearances in the 1978–79 season. He also played for Tring Town, Boreham Wood and Chalfont St Peter. Ankle fractures brought Walsh's football career to an early end at the age of 22, in 1982. He denies reports that he played for Dunstable Town.
Walsh often participates in Soccer Aid, a charity football match where England takes on The Rest of the World with teams made up of celebrities and football legends. He helped England win the 2006 edition as a player and the 2012 and 2016 editions as a coach.
Following his football career, Walsh had a variety of jobs including working as a bluecoat at Pontins in Morecambe for three months. In October 1982, performing as a newcomer comedian, he came second in a talent contest at the Rolls Royce Sports and Social Club in his home town of Leavesden.
Walsh was recruited by rival television channel ITV, who offered him the role as presenter on one of the network's new game shows, Midas Touch. In 1997, Walsh was asked to front the British adaptation of the popular US game show Wheel of Fortune following the decision of long-time presenter Nicky Campbell to leave the show after more than eight years.
Walsh returned to ITV in 2002, after landing a regular role in the short lived British soap opera Night and Day. He featured in a total of 52 episodes. In 2003, Walsh played a minor role in an episode of The Bill spin-off M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team.
On 31 May 2004, Walsh made his first appearance in Coronation Street as factory boss Danny Baldwin. It was originally envisaged that Walsh's character would be called Vic, however, Walsh asked for the character's name to be changed to Danny after his late father.
In October 2007, he appeared in TV drama Torn. In 2008, Walsh appeared in two episodes of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, in the second story of series two, The Day of the Clown, as a sinister entity that fed off other people's fear. In his role, he played three parts of the same ego – a sinister American-sounding clown called Odd Bob, a mysterious European-sounding ringmaster called Elijah Spellman, and the infamous Pied Piper of Hamelin.
In January 2009, Walsh and his son Barney featured in a special edition of the Channel 5 TV series, Dangerous Adventures for Boys, based on the best-selling book by Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Book for Boys. Walsh and his son took part in hill-climbing before learning how to pilot a biplane.
In January 2009, Walsh began appearing in ITV crime drama Law & Order: UK. Walsh plays the character of DS Ronnie Brooks, a recovering alcoholic who has been in the police force for more than twenty years. From 2009 until 2014, Walsh starred in a total of 53 episodes. After the eighth series, Walsh decided to take a break from the programme and ITV decided to rest the show, but it has not been cancelled and is simply on a hiatus. Walsh said he would "like the opportunity to pursue other drama projects which ITV are developing".
On 9 September 2007, Walsh hosted the countdown 50 Greatest Stars Polls on ITV, in which people had to vote for their favourite polls on celebrities. Later that year, on 29 December 2007, Walsh hosted the countdown for the No. 1 Soap Fan on ITV.
In August 2008, Walsh fronted his own ITV series entitled My Little Soldier, in which young contestants are required to do "grown-up things" such as travelling on their own by train. In November and December 2008, Walsh hosted another game show for ITV, called Spin Star.
In June 2009, Walsh became the presenter of ITV game show The Chase, as well as the celebrity editions of the programme. The Chase has become popular, beating rival BBC quiz show Pointless regularly. The show features contestants who take on the "Chaser" in a series of general knowledge quiz rounds. There have also been a number of series of celebrity versions of the show, also hosted by Walsh.
In 2014, Walsh presented an episode of Sunday Night at the Palladium. He returned to the show to present another episode in 2015. In 2016, he presented eight episodes of Tonight at the London Palladium, a spin-off from the Sunday night series. A second series began airing in April 2017. On 26 December 2014, Walsh hosted an entertainment special called A Christmas Cracker, filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
In 2017, Walsh guest-hosted five episodes of The Nightly Show on ITV, which aired from 3 to 7 April. On 1 May 2019, it was announced that Walsh would host a new late-night talk show on ITV, titled Bradley Walsh's Late Night Guestlist. The pilot episode, featuring guests Holly Willoughby, Maya Jama and Piers Morgan, aired on 11 May 2019.
In 2007, Walsh took part in Northern Rock's All Star Golf Tournament on ITV, in which his team, Team Europe, won. Walsh stated that he has been playing golf since he was twenty years old.
Since 2015, Walsh has been a team captain on the sports-based panel show Play to the Whistle. Hosted by Holly Willoughby, the first series lasted for seven episodes, beginning in April 2015. The second series began in April 2016, followed by a third in 2017.
Walsh approached rival game show host Alexander Armstrong to ask him for singing advice in 2016. The result, in November, was Walsh's release of his debut album, Chasing Dreams, with peaked at 10 on the UK Albums Chart. It consists of covers of jazz standards such as "That's Life" and "Mr. Bojangles" as well as the title track, an original song written by Walsh. It became the biggest-selling debut album by a British artist in 2016, selling 111,650 copies.
A year later, due to the success of Chasing Dreams, Walsh released a second album, When You're Smiling, consisting of more covers of traditional pop songs, and one original track. It reached 11 in the charts.
Walsh also has a daughter, Hayley (born 1982), from a previous relationship.
|2001||Mike Bassett: England Manager||Dave Dodds|
|2007||To Each His Own Cinema||Father||(segment "Happy Ending")|
|1997||Wheel of Fortune||Presenter||50 episodes|
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Larry Harmless|
|2000||The Thing About Vince||Perry|
|2002–2003||Night and Day||Eddie "Woody" Dexter|
|2003||M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team||Phil Seagrove|
|2004||The Basil Brush Show||Mr. Savage|
|2004||Murder City||Ken Hill|
|2004–2006||Coronation Street||Danny Baldwin||Regular cast member: 391 episodes|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Liggers|
|2007–2008||The National Lottery Draws||Presenter||Occasional episodes|
|2008||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Odd Bob
The Pied Piper
|2008||Spin Star||Presenter||1 series|
|2009–2014||Law & Order: UK||DS Ronnie Brooks||8 series|
|2009–present||The Chase||Presenter||13 series (regular)|
10 series (celebrity)
|2010–2011||Odd One In||Presenter||2 series|
|2012||The Revolting World of Stanley Brown||Headmaster||1 episode|
|2012–2014||The Crime Thriller Awards||Presenter||Annually|
|2013||Crime Thriller Club||Presenter||One-off special|
|2014||Come On Down! The Game Show Story||Presenter||1 series|
|2014||A Christmas Cracker||Presenter||One-off special|
|2014–2015||Sunday Night at the Palladium||Guest presenter||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||Keep It in the Family||Presenter||2 series|
|2015–2017||Play to the Whistle||Team captain||3 series|
|2016–2017||Tonight at the London Palladium||Presenter||2 series|
|2016–present||Cash Trapped||Presenter||2 series; 1 upcoming|
|2016||Drunk History||Arthur Conan Doyle||1 episode|
|2016||The One Show||Guest presenter||1 episode|
|2017||The Nightly Show||Guest presenter||5 episodes|
|2017–present||The Family Chase||Presenter||14 episodes|
|2018–present||Doctor Who||Graham O'Brien||11 episodes|
|2018||When Dummies Took Over The World||Presenter||One-off special|
|2019–present||Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad||Himself||4 episodes|
|2019||Bradley Walsh's Late Night Guestlist||Presenter||1 episode|
|1988||Aladdin||Wishee Washee||Theatre Royal, Norwich|
|1991–92||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|1994–96||Peter Pan||Smee||The Alban Arena, St Albans|
|1996–97||Cash on Delivery||Whitehall Theatre|
|1997–98||Cinderella||Buttons||Theatre Royal, Nottingham|
|1999||Run For Your Wife||Churchill Theatre|
|2000–01||Dick Whittington||Dick||Orchard Theatre, Dartford|
|2001–02||Snow White||Muddles||White Rock Theatre, Hastings|
|2002–03||Cinderella||Buttons||The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage|
|2003||Tom, Dick and Harry||Theatre Royal, Windsor|
|2003–04||Jack & the Beanstalk||The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage|
|2006–07||Cinderella||Buttons||Milton Keynes Theatre|
|2008–09||New Victoria Theatre, Woking|
|2010–11||Peter Pan||Smee||Cliffs Pavilion, Southend|
|2013–14||Cinderella||Buttons||Orchard Theatre, Dartford|
|2014–15||Peter Pan||Smee||Milton Keynes Theatre|
|2015||Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure||Captain Hook||Adelphi Theatre, London (one-off concert)|
|Cinderella – The World's Biggest Panto||Buttons||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham|
|2017||Peter Pan – The World's Biggest Panto||Smee||Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham|
|SSE Arena, Wembley|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|When You're Smiling||
|2005||National Television Awards||Most Popular Actor||Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street||Nominated|
|British Soap Awards||Best Dramatic Performance||Won|
|Best Storyline||Nominated||Shared with Jane Danson and Johnny Briggs|
|2014||National Television Awards||Radio Times - TV Detective||Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK||Nominated|
|2015||Most Popular Entertainment Presenter||N/A||Nominated|
|2018||Most Popular TV Presenter||N/A||Nominated|
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