Ross Richard Clark
25 October 1988
Dan Neal (m. 2015)
Ross Richard Clark-Neal (né Clark; born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan Clark-Neal, is an English television personality, voice over-narrator and model. He rose to fame after finishing in fifth place in the ninth series of The X Factor, and later won Celebrity Big Brother 11. Later that year, he became known for presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side, This Morning and The Xtra Factor.
Early and personal life
Clark-Neal has been a part-time model since he was 16. It was during his early modelling career that he adopted the stage name "Rylan"; his modelling agency, finding his name boring, named him Kielan, but sent his royalty cheque to "Mr K Clark", which meant that without divulging his real name, he couldn't cash that cheque, and never received his £126. He then went into a branch of WHSmith and pulled out the name "Rylan" from the R section of a baby name book. He was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza, and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden until 2010.
2010–2011: Television appearances
2012: The X Factor
In May 2012, Clark-Neal auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor at The O2 Arena in London, in front of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa and guest judge Rita Ora. He performed a dance version of Des'ree's "Kissing You". Barlow said afterwards: "Rylan, love your personality, hate your voice, really strange song choice as well." Walsh also admitted that he was "a bit worried". Barlow gave Clark-Neal a "no", but Ora, Tulisa and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and put him through to bootcamp.
At bootcamp, Clark-Neal sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha", with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger now a judge. After his performance, Barlow admitted: "[I] think he's going to haunt me throughout this competition." Barlow was reluctant to send Clark-Neal through to judges' houses, but the other three judges were in favour of him advancing. Clark-Neal was eventually put through into the boys category with Scherzinger as his mentor. At judges' houses in Dubai, Clark-Neal performed a stripped-back rendition of Rihanna's "We Found Love" in front of Scherzinger and Ne-Yo. Scherzinger later put Clark-Neal through to live shows as one of her final three, along with James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas. She told him: "Rylan, it's such a big risk... but I have to take it, and you are in my final three.", and then Clark-Neal appeared to have an immense breakdown.
Clark-Neal sang "Gold" by Spandau Ballet in the first week of the live shows, and was in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole the following night. Scherzinger voted to save Clark as he was her own act, while Barlow and Tulisa voted to save Poole, based on the final showdown performance. Walsh, after being pressured for an answer by presenter Dermot O'Leary, voted for Clark-Neal,who had received more public votes and was saved, much to the disgust of Barlow, who stormed off stage and later called Clark-Neal a "joke act" and "talentless".
In week 2, Clark-Neal persisted to wind Barlow up by first performing part of Barlow's "Back for Good", and then claiming afterwards that he had booked him a cab in advance in case he stormed off stage again, to which Barlow responded "That's funny [because] I've had yours on hold for two weeks." That week, Clark-Neal was put through to week three on the public vote. In week 5, he was in the bottom two again with Kye Sones, but was saved by the public vote. This followed after Barlow and Walsh voted to eliminate Clark while Scherzinger and Tulisa, who had the deciding vote, voted to eliminate Sones. Tulisa sent the result to deadlock and Sones was eliminated. In week 7, Clark revealed on The Xtra Factor that his psychic had told him he would make it to week 7 of the competition before leaving, but the following night he was put through to the quarter-final by the public vote.
|The X Factor performances and results|
|First audition||Free choice||"Kissing You"||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp – stage 1||Group performance||"Respect"
with Ottavio Columbro and Gathan Cheema
|Through to stage 2|
|Bootcamp – stage 2||Solo performance||"Don't Cha"||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||Free choice||"We Found Love"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||Heroes||"Gold"||Bottom two (12th)|
|Final showdown||"One Night Only"||Saved (Deadlock)|
|Live show 2||Love and heartbreak||"Back for Good" / "Groove Is in the Heart" / "Gangnam Style" / "Pump Up the Jam"||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 3||Club classics||"On the Floor" / "Don't Stop the Music" / "I See You Baby"||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 4||Halloween||"Toxic" / "Horny" / "Poison"||Safe (7th)|
|Live show 5||Number-ones||"Hung Up" / "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"||Bottom two (7th)|
|Final showdown||"Kissing You"||Saved (Deadlock)|
|Live show 6||Best of British||"Say You'll Be There" / "Who Do You Think You Are" / "Wannabe" / "Spice Up Your Life"||Safe (5th)|
|Live show 7||Guilty pleasures||"Girls on Film" / "When Will I Be Famous?"||Safe (3rd)|
|Quarter-Final||Songs by ABBA||"Mamma Mia"||Bottom two (5th)|
|Motown songs||"Baby Love" / "Stop! In the Name of Love" / "You Keep Me Hangin' On"|
Celebrity Big Brother
Clark-Neal became a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013. He was the second celebrity to enter the Big Brother House. On launch night, he and Italian jockey Frankie Dettori selected which celebrities would join them in the House and who would be banished to the Basement. It was revealed mid-way through the series that, contrary to the show's rules of staying in the Big Brother House throughout the series, Clark-Neal had been leaving the house each Sunday to rehearse for The X Factor Live Tour, which began a day after the live final on 25 January. He made it to the final five, alongside Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Claire Richards, Ryan Moloney, and Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (Heidi & Spencer being counted as a single housemate). Clark-Neal was announced as the winner during the live final, after which he broke down into tears.
Channel 5 (2013–2018)
On 14 May 2013, as part of a revamp by Channel 5, Clark-Neal and AJ Odudu were announced as the new co-hosts of Big Brother's Bit on the Side, replacing Jamie East and Alice Levine. Emma Willis replaced Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother. In the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK vs USA, he also presented Bit on the Side at the weekends; for this series it was renamed Bit on the State Side and filmed in an American style studio. Clark-Neal presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side until the series was cancelled by Channel 5 in 2018.
In October 2015, Clark-Neal co-presented a special edition of Most Haunted Live with Jamie East on Really. It became the highest rated show the channel had ever seen, out performing Channel 4 and 5 in its time slot.
Since the tenth series of The X Factor, Clark-Neal has provided all the gossip from the show on This Morning. He also acted as a Hub presenter until its removal from the show in 2014. Since late 2014, he has also been credited as the main relief presenter for the series. He has presented with others including Ruth Langsford, Lorraine Kelly, Dan Neal (his husband), Alison Hammond, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, Sarah Greene, Geri Halliwell, Gok Wan, Lisa Snowdon, Emma Willis,Rochelle Humes and Eamonn Holmes.
It was confirmed on 1 July 2016 that Clark-Neal would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson. This will be the second time a former X Factor contestant has co-hosted the series, the first being Olly Murs, who co-hosted from 2011 to 2012.
In January 2017, it was announced that Clark-Neal would present a new daytime game show for ITV called Babushka. He also hosted the non-broadcast pilot for ITV2 panel show Codswallop, but it was not commissioned for a series.
In December 2017, it was announced that Rylan would be taking a break from his duties with This Morning from the following January for a few months. Clark-Neal returned to This Morning briefly in both April 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 as a main show stand-in presenter.
From 2018 onwards, Clark-Neal will be a regular panellist on Eurovision: You Decide which airs on BBC Two annually. He also took over Mel Giedroyc's role as co-commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest semi finals alongside Scott Mills. In 2018, he covered for Zoë Ball on BBC Radio 2, and took over her show when she moved to the station's breakfast show in January 2019, now titled Rylan on Saturday.
On 18 April 2019, it was announced that Clark-Neal would begin co-presenting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two alongside Zoë Ball. In May 2019, Clark-Neal was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom as part of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. On 2 September 2019, it was confirmed that Clark-Neal would host a revived daytime series of Ready Steady Cook on BBC One in 2020.
On 21 January 2016, Clark-Neal announced on his Twitter account that he would release an autobiography titled The Life of Rylan on 30 June 2016. It reached number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List. He appeared as Ryan, an air steward, in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. In 2017, he narrated the ITVBe reality series Spa Wars.
Awards and nominations
In 2015, Clark-Neal won The Telegraph's 'LGBT Celebrity of the Year' award.
Clark-Neal was named The Sunday Times no. 1 best seller for his debut autobiography The Life of Rylan in June 2016.
|2010||John Bishop's Britain||Model||4 episodes|
|2011||Signed by Katie Price||Contestant||Runner-up|
|2012||The X Factor||5th place|
|2012–2013||The Xtra Factor||Guest|
|2012–2013||Daybreak||Guest Entertainment Presenter|
|2013||Celebrity Big Brother||Housemate||Winner|
|2013–2014||This Morning's Hub||Presenter|
|2013–2018||Big Brother's Bit on the Side||Presenter|
|Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side|
|2014||Big Brother's Bit on The Psych||Presenter|
|2014, 2017||Celebrity Big Brother||3 episodes|
|2015||Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on The State Side|
|2015||Most Haunted Live!||Presenter||Halloween special|
|2016||Up Late with Rylan|
|2016||The Xtra Factor Live||Co-presenter||Series 13|
|2016||The X Factor||Audience Reporter||Series 13|
|2017||Big Brother: Rylan's Rant||Presenter|
|2017||Rylan Live: Big Brother Gossip|
|2017||Big Brother: Full House with Rylan||Launch companion show|
|2017||Spa Wars||Narrator||8 episodes|
|2017–2018||Celebrity Ghost Hunt||Presenter|
|2018||The Wave||1 Series|
|2018||Celebrity Big Brother: Behind The Scenes||One-off special|
|2018–present||Eurovision: You Decide||Panellist|
|2018–present||Ferne McCann: First Time Mum||Narrator||Series 2–present|
|2018–present||Eurovision Song Contest||UK semi-final co-commentator||With Scott Mills|
|2019–present||The One Show||Guest co-presenter|
|2019||Eurovision Song Contest 2019||UK spokesperson|
|2019–present||Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||Co-presenter||Alongside Zoë Ball|
|2019–present||You Are What You Wear||Presenter||Fashion show|
|2020–present||Ready Steady Cook||Presenter|
|2018||The Zoë Ball Show||Presenter||15:00–18:00 Saturdays||BBC Radio 2||Stand in presenter|
|2019–present||Rylan on Saturday|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Rylan||Air steward|
|2016–2017||The World's Biggest Panto (Snow White)||Evil Huntsman|
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- "Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live enlists Love Island's Chris". 8 August 2017.
- "The One Show". 25 January 2019.