Bradley Walsh is a British television presenter, actor, and comedian. He has also presented shows such as “Wheel of Fortune,” “Spin Star,” and “The Chase.”
In addition to his television career, Bradley Walsh is also a successful stand-up comic.
So who is this famous man, and what makes him so popular? Read on to find out!
Bradley John Walsh is an English actor, comedian, singer, television presenter, and former professional footballer who rose to fame in the late 1970s and 1980s.
After leaving school at 16, Walsh got a job as an apprentice at Rolls-Royces aircraft engine factory in Watford.
After a year of working at the factory, he decided to start his career as a comedian. He started performing stand-up comedy in local pubs.
In late 1979, at 18, Walsh became a professional football player for Brentford. However, he failed to make the first team and was regularly a member of the reserves.
The Rise to Fame of Bradley Walsh
Bradley Walsh is a talented actor and presenter best known for his roles on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street, the police procedural series Law & Order: the UK, and the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who.
He has also starred in Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad, alongside his son Barney Walsh.
Bradley’s career in television and entertainment started when he was recruited by ITV, who offered him the opportunity to present a game show on one of their new television channels.
In 1997 he brought his wit and charm to handling the popular British game show Wheel of Fortune after Nicky Campbell made his departure following eight successful years on the air.
Bradley’s stint on Wheel of Fortune lasted only one year before he decided to take up a career in acting.
Bradley also presented various television shows, primarily games shows like:
- Wheel of Fortune
- The Chase
- Odd One In
- Keep It in the Family
- Cash Trapped
Bradley’s first acting job was a pretty solid role in the Channel 4 series Lock, Stock… He also appeared as Dave Dodds in one of the scenes in the 2001 TV film Mike Bassett: England Manager.
Bradley returned to ITV after being cast on Night and Day. His character featured in approximately 52 episodes of the long-running soap opera.
His television career has spanned over 30 years, and he has appeared in theater shows, particularly pantomimes.
Walsh approached Alexander Armstrong, his rival show, who knew something about singing, to ask him for some support in 2016.
The result was Walsh’s debut album Chasing Dreams which became the UK’s biggest selling album by an artist in 2016, selling over 100,000 copies.
It came out on November 4th and had 14 original tracks with covers of jazz standards such as “That’s Life” and “Mr. Bojangles,” as well as the title track, an original song by Walsh himself.
After the success of Chasing Dreams, Bradley released his second album, When You’re Smiling, a year later. The album reached 11 on the charts.
In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Walsh is also well-known for his charity work, most notably his support of cancer research.
Bradley Walsh and his Wife, Donna Derby
Bradley Walsh is a well-known British television presenter and actor. He is married to the dancer Donna Derby, who is well known for her work as a choreographer and former dancer.
Together, the couple has one son, Barney, whom he appeared in the travel series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.
Here are some photos of Bradley Walsh with his son Barney Walsh.
Get to Know Donna Derby
Bradley Walsh’s wife, Donna Derby, is a choreographer and former dancer.
She is well known for appearing in the music video of Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer. She has also worked as a choreographer on Miss World, which happens to be presented by her son Barney.
She appeared in six episodes of The Kenny Everett Television Show between 1987 and 1988 before beginning her full-time career as a choreographer and becoming involved in numerous projects related to TV work, including Martha Stewart Living.