Walsh in July 2012
|Born||Bradley John Walsh
4 June 1960
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
|Residence||Epping, Essex, England|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, television presenter, footballer|
|Spouse(s)||Donna Derby (m. 1997)|
|Children||Hayley (b. 1982)
Barney (b. 1997)
Daniel T. Walsh (deceased)
Bradley John Walsh (born 4 June 1960) is an English entertainer, actor, television presenter and former professional footballer, best 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 show The Chase. Walsh rose to fame in the mid-1990s after he became a presenter on The National Lottery. He also hosts the annual Crime Thriller Awards and the Specsavers Crime Thriller Club on ITV3.
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.
|Full name||Bradley Walsh|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1978–1979||→ Barnet (loan)||5||(0)|
|1981–1982||→ Dunstable Town (loan)||25||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In the late 1970s, at the age of 18, 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 league appearances in the 1978–79 season.
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, broadcast regularly 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 popular US game show, Wheel of Fortune.
Walsh's tenure on Wheel of Fortune lasted just one year, when he decided to turn his hand to acting.
He 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 October 2007, Walsh 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. During his time in the programme, Brooks has been paired with DS Matt Devlin (Jamie Bamber), DS Sam Casey (Paul Nicholls) and DS Joe Hawkins (Ben Bailey-Smith). 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."
In 2004, Walsh was approached for a role in soap opera Coronation Street. On 31 May 2004, Walsh's made his first appearance in Weatherfield as factory boss Danny Baldwin. It was originally envisioned 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 December 2006, Walsh was written out of the serial at his own request. During his time in Coronation Street, Walsh also appeared as Burglar Bill at the Children's Party at the Palace 2006.
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 guests who take on 'The Chaser' in a series of general knowledge questions. There have also been a number of series of celebrity versions of the show, also hosted by Walsh. He has also become known for breaking into fits of laughter on the show when a slightly humorous question or answer has cropped up. A clip of Walsh laughing about a question has had over 4 million hits on YouTube.
Walsh also narrated a one-off documentary for ITV called The Circus.
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.
|1988||Aladdin||Theatre Royal, Norwich|
|1991–92||Wishee Washee||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|1994–96||Peter Pan||The Alban Arena, St Albans|
|1997–98||Cinderella||Buttons||Theatre Royal, Nottingham|
|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|
|2003–04||Jack & the Beanstalk|
|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|
Walsh is the son of Margaret (née O'Connell) and Daniel Terence "Danny" Walsh (8 August 1934 – 12 November 1993), both of Irish descent. Walsh has a younger sister, Kerri. Walsh married choreographer Donna Derby in 1997, and they have one son, Barney (born 1997). The family live in Epping, Essex. He has a daughter Hayley (born 1982), from a previous relationship. During his appearance on That's What I Call Television with Fern Britton, Walsh declared that he is an Arsenal fan. During the first quarter of 2010, Walsh completed a stand-up comedy tour throughout theatres in the UK. On 22 October 2010, Walsh was in attendance at the funeral of fellow actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom.
In 2011, Walsh co-wrote a series of personalised football story books entitled My Dream Cup Final with..., which were published in June 2011. In January 2012, Walsh took part in a public charity event in which he cycled from Northern France to Portugal to raise money for Sane.
Walsh is a supporter of UK charity Make-A-Wish Foundation, which he claims to be his favourite.
- British Soap Award (May 2006) for "Best Dramatic Performance" for Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street
- Broadcast Award (2013) for "Best Daytime Programme" for The Chase
|2001||Mike Bassett: England Manager||Dave Dodds|
|1997||Wheel of Fortune||Presenter|
|2000||Lock, Stock...||Larry Harmless|
|2000||The Thing About Vince||Perry|
|2002–03||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|
|2004–06||Coronation Street||Danny Baldwin|
|2007||The Old Curiosity Shop||Mr. Liggers|
|2008||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Odd Bob
The Pied Piper
|2009–14||Law & Order: UK||DS Ronnie Brooks|
|2010–11||Odd One In||Presenter|
|2012–||The Crime Thriller Awards||Presenter|
|2013||Crime Thriller Club||Presenter|
|2014||Come on Down! The Game Show Story||Presenter|
|Keep it in the Family||Presenter|
- "School reunion marks end of an era". Watford Observer. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Students". Franciscombe.herts.sch.uk. Retrieved 22 August 2008.[dead link]
- "The 5-Minute Interview: Bradley Walsh, Comedian and actor". The Independent. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Bradley Walsh: 'Credit card? Never had one, never will'". The Daily Telegraph. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Ex-Corrie star lands ITV quiz role - TV News". Digital Spy. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Norman Wisdom: Hundreds pay respects to comedy legend - 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- Official Website
- Official Twitter
- Bradley Walsh at the Internet Movie Database
- Bradley Walsh Management - Debi Allen
|Host of Wheel of Fortune