Rylan Clark-Neal

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Rylan Clark-Neal
Rylan Clark 2014.jpg
Clark-Neal at a New Look launch party in November 2014
BornRoss Richard Clark
(1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 30)
Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, United Kingdom
OccupationTelevision host, television personality, singer, former model
Years active2010–present
EmployerITV, Channel 5
TelevisionDale's Supermarket Sweep
The X Factor
Celebrity Big Brother
This Morning
Big Brother's Bit on the Side
Up Late with Rylan
The Xtra Factor Live
The Wave
Dan Neal (m. 2015)

Ross Richard Clark-Neal (né Clark; born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan, is an English presenter, television personality, singer and model. He finished in fifth place on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012, and won Celebrity Big Brother 11 in January 2013.

In 2013, Clark-Neal turned to presenting and is known for presenting Big Brother's Bit on the Side, This Morning, The Xtra Factor, Up Late with Rylan and Babushka.

Early and personal life[edit]

Clark-Neal was born Ross Richard Clark[1] on 25 October 1988 in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex,[2] to mother Linda Clark.[3]

In 2007, he applied for Big Brother 8, but, "the day I was going in, it got taken away from me because it got leaked to the press. It was devastating."[4]

Clark-Neal has been a part-time model since he was 16 and a half.[5] It was during his early modelling career that he adopted the stage name "Rylan" as it was more unusual.[1] He was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza,[2] and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden until January 2010.[5][6]


2010: John Bishop's Britain[edit]

In 2010, Rylan starred in four episodes of the second series of BBC One show John Bishop's Britain presented by comedian John Bishop.

2011: Signed by Katie Price[edit]

In 2011, Clark-Neal was a finalist on the Sky Living modelling competition Signed by Katie Price.[7]

2012: The X Factor[edit]

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 amused the judges and the studio audience with his friendly banter and bubbly personality, before singing 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, Tulia and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and put him through to bootcamp.

At bootcamp, Clark-Neal sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" (again with a dance twist), 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 on the spot.[8]

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 backed Clark-Neal as he was her own act, while Barlow and Contostavlos opted to save Poole, based on the final showdown performance. This left Walsh with the deciding vote, but he appeared unable to make up his mind. After hesitating for some time, he eventually said "I'm going to go with Carolynne, I want to keep Carolynne.", although he had to say who he wanted to send home, not who he wanted to save. Eventually, after being pressured for an answer by presenter Dermot O'Leary, Walsh exclaimed "I want to take it to deadlock". O'Leary then revealed that Clark-Neal had received more public votes and Poole was sent home, much to the disgust of her mentor, Barlow, who stormed off stage and later called Clark-Neal a "joke act" and "talentless".[9]

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."[10] That week Clark-Neal was put through to week three on the public vote.[11] In week 5, he was in the bottom two again with Kye Sones, but was saved by the public vote after the judges' votes were deadlocked.[12] 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,[13] but the following night he was put through to by the public vote.[14]

Celebrity Big Brother[edit]

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.[15] 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.[16]

Channel 5 (2013–present)[edit]

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. Willis herself replaced Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother.[17] In early 2015 Willis left the show to focus on presenting the main show, leaving Rylan to present the show solo every-night. In the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK vs USA, Rylan 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.

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.

In May 2016, Clark-Neal presented his own prime time chat show for Channel 5 called Up Late with Rylan.[18]

ITV (2014–)[edit]

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. He is most notably relief presented with Ruth Langsford when co-presenter Eammon Holmes was off for 10 weeks. He has also presented with others including Amanda Holden, Lorraine Kelly, Holly Willoughby, Emma Willis and on one occasion with Phillip Schofield.

It was confirmed on 1 July 2016 that Clark-Neal would co-host The Xtra Factor Live alongside Matt Edmondson.[19] 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.[20] 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.

W (2018)[edit]

From 18 January 2018, Clark-Neal presented The Wave on the channel W.[21]

Other work[edit]

In February 2014, Clark-Neal made a guest appearance in the Sky 1 comedy series Stella.[22] In 2015, Clark-Neal reached the final of BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef competition.[23]

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 went to No.1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List. He appeared as Ryan, an air steward, in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. He guest starred alongside Rebel Wilson. In 2017 he narrated the ITVBe reality series Spa Wars.

In 2018, alongside Rochelle Humes and Tom Fletcher, Rylan was a panellist on Eurovision: You Decide which aired on BBC Two.[24] Rylan will take over Mel Giedroyc's role as co-commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 semi finals.[25] In 2018 he presented on BBC Radio 2, covering for Zoë Ball.[26]


In 2015, Clark-Neal won The Telegraph's 'LGBT Celebrity of the Year' award.

In 2016 and 2017, he was nominated for a National Television Award in the Best Presenter category, but lost out to Ant & Dec on both occasions.

In May 2016, Rylan's chat-show Up Late with Rylan was nominated for a TV Choice Award.

Clark-Neal was named The Sunday Times best no. 1 best seller for his debut autobiography The Life of Rylan in June 2016.


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2010 John Bishop's Britain BBC One Model 4 episodes
2011 Signed by Katie Price Sky Living Contestant Runner-up
2012 The X Factor ITV Contestant 5th place
2012–2013 The Xtra Factor ITV2 Contestant/Guest
2013 Celebrity Big Brother Channel 5 Housemate Winner
2012–2013 Daybreak ITV Guest Entertainment Presenter
2012–2014 This Morning's Hub Presenter
2013– This Morning Presenter
2013–2018 Celebrity Juice ITV2 Guest pannellist
2013–2018 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Channel 5 Presenter
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side Presenter
2013–2014 The Wright Stuff Guest pannellist
2014 Big Brother's Bit on The Psych Presenter
2014, 2017 Celebrity Big Brother Presenter 3 episodes
2015 Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on The State Side Presenter
2015 Celebrity MasterChef BBC One Contestant Finalist
Most Haunted Live! Really Presenter Halloween special
2016 Up Late with Rylan Channel 5 Presenter
The Xtra Factor Live ITV2 Co-presenter Series 13
The X Factor ITV Audience Reporter Live Shows Series 13
2017 Big Brother: Rylan's Rant CBB Online Presenter
Rylan Live: Big Brother Gossip Presenter
Babushka ITV Presenter Full Series
2017 Big Brother: Full House with Rylan Channel 5 Presenter Launch companion show
2017 Spa Wars ITVBe Narrator
2017— Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live[27] 5Star Presenter
2018 The Wave W Presenter Full Series
2018 Celebrity Big Brother: Behind The Scenes Channel 5 Presenter One-off special
2018— Celebrity Ghost Hunt 5Star Presenter Full Series
2018 Eurovision: You Decide BBC Two Panellist
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 BBC Four Co-commentator With Scott Mills
Year Title Role Note(s)
2014 Stella Himself Guest appearance
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Rylan Air steward
Year Title Role Note(s)
2016–2017 The World's Biggest Panto (Snow White) Evil Huntsman Cancelled

(until 2017 Rylan won't be performing)


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  23. ^ Mayer Nissim. "Rylan Clark, Sarah Harding and Chesney Hawkes join Celebrity MasterChef". Digital Spy.
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  27. ^ "Celebrity Ghost Hunt Live enlists Love Island's Chris". 8 August 2017.

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