Bradley John Walsh (born 4 June 1960) is an English actor, comedian, singer, television presenter and former professional footballer, known for his roles as Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street and the lead role of DS Ronnie Brooks in Law & Order: UK, as well as hosting ITV game shows The Chase and Cash Trapped.
Walsh in July 2012.
|Born||Bradley John Walsh|
4 June 1960
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Occupation||Actor, television presenter, comedian, singer, footballer|
Donna Derby (m. 1997)
Walsh also hosts the annual Crime Thriller Awards and the Specsavers Crime Thriller Club on ITV3, he hosts the variety show Tonight at the London Palladium and is a team captain on the sports-themed panel show Play to the Whistle.
Walsh was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, and grew up nearby in Leavesden. He attended what is now Francis Combe Academy, a comprehensive school in Garston, Hertfordshire. At school, Walsh showed a particular interest in sports and media, and passed O-levels in both subjects. He was also a prominent member of the school's football squad, scoring 64 goals during his time there.
In late 1978, at the age of eighteen, Walsh became a professional football player for Brentford and although he failed to make the first team, he was regularly a member of the reserves. Separate ankle fracture injuries finished his career in the game in the early-1980s after a promising loan spell with non-league Dunstable Town, for whom he scored 15 goals in 25 league appearances.
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.
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. He first came to prominence on television in 1994 after he won a role as one of the presenting team on the National Lottery which was regularly broadcast on Saturday and Wednesday evenings on BBC One.
After Walsh became a public favourite, he was quickly snapped up 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.
In 2004, Walsh was approached for a role in soap opera Coronation Street. On 31 May 2004, Walsh made his first appearance in Weatherfield 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. He also commented that "people had previously called me Young Danny, so I thought it would not be so bad when people called me by my character name."
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 very 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 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.
In November 2016, Walsh released his debut album, Chasing Dreams, consisting 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.
|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|
|2001||Mike Bassett: England Manager||Dave Dodds|
|2007||To Each His Own Cinema||Father||(segment "Happy Ending")|
|1997||Wheel of Fortune||1 series|
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Larry Harmless||Channel 4|
|The Thing About Vince||Perry||ITV|
|2002–2003||Night and Day||Eddie "Woody" Dexter||ITV|
|M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team||Phil Seagrove|
|2004||The Basil Brush Show||Mr. Savage||CBBC|
|Murder City||Ken Hill||ITV|
|2004–2006||Coronation Street||Danny Baldwin||Regular cast member|
|The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Liggers|
|2007–2008||The National Lottery Draws||Presenter||BBC One||Occasional episodes|
|2008||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Odd Bob
The Pied Piper
|Spin Star||Presenter||ITV||1 series|
|2009–2014||Law & Order: UK||DS Ronnie Brooks||8 series|
|2009–present||The Chase||Presenter||10 series (regular)|
6 series (celebrity)
|2010–2011||Odd One In||2 series|
|2012||The Revolting World of Stanley Brown||Headmaster||CBBC||1 episode|
|2012–2014||The Crime Thriller Awards||Annually||ITV3||Presenter|
|2013||Crime Thriller Club||One-off special|
|2014||Come on Down! The Game Show Story||Presenter||ITV||1 series|
|A Christmas Cracker||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||SunTrap||Brutus||BBC One||1 series|
|2015–2017||Play to the Whistle||Team captain||ITV||3 series|
|2016–present||Tonight at the London Palladium||Presenter||2 series|
|Cash Trapped||Presenter||2 series|
|2016||Drunk History||Arthur Conan Doyle||Comedy Central||1 episode|
|The One Show||Guest presenter||BBC One||1 episode|
|2017||The Nightly Show||Guest presenter||ITV||5 episodes|
|The Family Chase||Presenter||6 episodes|
|2018–present||Doctor Who||Graham O'Brien||BBC One||regular (companion to the Thirteenth Doctor)|
|Chasing Dreams||2016||Scottish Albums (OCC)||13|
|UK Albums (OCC)||10|
|When You're Smiling||2017||Scottish Albums (OCC)||13|
|UK Albums (OCC)||11|
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