Bradley Walsh’s life off The Chase – famous wife, hunky son and hit music career

Bradley Walsh has endeared himself to a nation, whether it’s been as the comical host of the hit show The Chase or his acting roles in Coronation Street and Doctor Who.

One thing’s for sure, Bradley – who celebrates turning 60 years old on June 4 – is a versatile entertainer.

From his giggles at rude The Chase questions to achieving soap fame as Mike Baldwin's happy-go-lucky son Dan in 2004, Bradley has certainly done a lot in his six decades.

And as Brad approaches his landmark birthday, Daily Star decided to look back at his successful career and happy family life with wife Donna.

Acting roles

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Bradley hit it big as the character Danny Baldwin in Coronation Street in 2004.

He starred on the Weatherfield cobbles for three years and credited his wife Donna Derby for helping him land the high-profile role.

“It’s because of her I signed with Coronation Street,” Bradley once admitted to the Mirror.

“She’s the one who recognised what it could do for me even though it would mean being apart.”

His hard work saw him scoop a British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance in Corrie in 2006, as well as being nominated for no fewer than four other awards whilst working on the long-running soap.

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He followed Corrie with the lead role of DS Ronnie Brooks in successful series Law & Order: UK and then starred as Graham O’Brien in BBC hit Doctor Who.

And Bradley’s latest project is starring as the iconic character Pop Larkin in ITV’s reboot of Sunday classic The Darling Buds of May, due to be released later this year.

The actor has already started filming on the six-part adaptation, knowing he has big shoes to fill given acting legend Sir David Jason previously starred in the role.

Game shows

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Bradley was well-known in the TV industry before landing the job as presenter of the The Chase, especially having made it big for his three-year stint on Corrie.

But ever since been given the presenting reigns in 2009, Bradley has been integral to The Chase’s incredible success, alongside with the show’s quiz boffins.

And The Chase has now become so popular that producers created a spin-off show, Beat the Chasers, which Bradley also presents.

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He has been nominated for Best Entertainment Performance by the British Academy Television Awards for his work on Beat the Chasers.

Prior to landing his role on The Chase, Bradley hosted legendary game show Wheel of Fortune and has also presented Odd One In, Keep It in the Family and Cash Trapped.

He’s also hosted the ITV variety show Tonight at the London Palladium for four years and was a well-liked captain on the sports-themed panel show Play of the Whistle.

Singing career

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You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Bradley is actually also a talented singer.

He’s often appeared in theatre shows and pantomimes during his distinguished career, but as a singer he released two albums.

In 2016 he released Chasing Dreams and a year later the follow-up When You’re Smiling, both of which reached the top 15 in the UK Albums Chart.

Not bad for a budding star whose first job after school was working as an apprentice at Rolls-Royce’s aircraft engine factory in Watford.

Bradly started in the entertainment business at Pontins and performed as a comedian, as well as embarking in all-manner of singing and stage performances.

Football career

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If acting, presenting and singing wasn’t enough, Bradley was also a talented footballer when he was younger.

Aged 18 he landed a professional contract with now Championship club Brentford.

He didn’t quit cement down a regular first-team place, but enjoyed a loan spell at fellow London club Barnet and then went on to play for Tring Town, Borehamwood and Chalfont St Peter before embarking on a career change.

His football career was curtailed short before of ankle injuries, which saw him hang up his professional boots at 22.

Family life

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Bradley has been married to choreographer and dance icon Donna since 1997.

The happy couple are close to celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary next year.

Blonde bombshell Donna is known for her choreography on the beauty pageant Miss World and is no stranger the showbiz lime limelight having starred in Robert Palmer’s music video Simply Irresistible, as well as starring in six episodes of The Kenny Everett Television Show.

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“I wouldn’t swap my missus for the world,” Bradley once revealed in a gushing interview. “Donna isn’t just beautiful, she’s the most fantastic wife and mother.”

Bradley has two children. He and Donna share a son, Barney, 23, with whom he has starred in popular ITV show Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.

The presenter also had a 38-year-old daughter, Hayley, with whom he shares with ex-partner Debby Parker, also of Corrie fame.

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