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Bradley John Walsh

(1960-06-04) 4 June 1960 (age 63)
Nationality English
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • singer
  • television presenter
Years active 1988–present
Employer ITV
Donna Derby
(m. 1997)
Children 2

Bradley John Walsh (born 4 June 1960) is an English actor, comedian, singer, television presenter, and former professional footballer.

Walsh is known for his roles as Danny Baldwin in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street (2004–2006), as DS Ronnie Brooks in the police procedural series Law & Order: UK (2009–2014), and as Graham O'Brien in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2018–2022). He has also presented various television game shows for ITV, including Wheel of Fortune (1997), The Chase (2009–present), Odd One In (2010–2011), Keep It in the Family (2014–2015), and Cash Trapped (2016–2019).

Walsh hosted the ITV variety show Tonight at the London Palladium (2016–2019) and was a team captain on the sports-themed panel show Play to the Whistle (2015–2017). He appeared as the coach in the 2001 comedy film Mike Bassett: England Manager. Since 2019, Walsh has starred in Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad, alongside his son Barney Walsh.

In addition to his television career, Walsh often appears in theatre shows, particularly pantomimes. As a singer, he has released two studio albums, Chasing Dreams (2016) and When You're Smiling (2017), that reached 10 and 11 in the UK Albums Chart respectively.

Early life

Bradley John Walsh was born on 4 June 1960 in Watford, Hertfordshire, to a Scottish mother, Margaret, and her English husband Daniel. He grew up near Watford, in Leavesden, with his parents and sister Kerri. Walsh attended Francis Combe School, a comprehensive school in Garston, Hertfordshire where he was voted most likely to become a TV host. Leaving school at 16, Walsh got a job as an apprentice at Rolls-Royce's aircraft engine factory in Watford.


Football career

Walsh started his youth football career at Wormley Rovers. In late 1979, at the age of 18, Walsh became a professional football player for Brentford although he failed to make the first team and was regularly a member of the reserves. While Walsh was at Brentford he also played for Barnet on loan, making five Southern Football League appearances in the 1979–80 season. He also played for Tring Town, Boreham Wood and Chalfont St Peter. Ankle fractures ended his football career at the age of 22, in 1982. He categorically denies reports that he played for Dunstable Town.

Walsh often participates in Soccer Aid, a charity football match where England takes on The Rest of the World with teams made up of celebrities and football legends. He helped England win the 2006 events as a player and the 2012 and 2016 events as a coach. Walsh has also made an episode for Soccer Aid in June 2022.

Television career

Following his football career, Walsh had a variety of jobs including working as a bluecoat at Pontins in Morecambe for three months. In October 1982, performing as a newcomer comedian, he came second in a talent contest at the Rolls-Royce Sports and Social Club in his home town of Leavesden.

Walsh was recruited by 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 the popular US game show Wheel of Fortune following the decision of long-time presenter Nicky Campbell to leave the show after more than eight years.

Walsh's tenure on Wheel of Fortune lasted just one year, when he decided to turn his hand to acting. He also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.


Walsh's first acting job was a minor role in the Channel 4 series, Lock, Stock.... He also appeared as Dave Dodds in the 2001 Channel 4 TV film Mike Bassett: England Manager.

Walsh 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. While filming this, he appeared in the musical Les Miserables in London's West End.

On 31 May 2004, Walsh made his first appearance in Coronation Street as factory boss Danny Baldwin. It was originally envisaged 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.

In December 2006, Walsh was written out of Coronation Street at his own request.

In October 2007, he 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 began appearing in ITV crime drama Law & Order: UK. ..... 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 May 2014, Walsh was cast as Brutus in a BBC One comedy series called SunTrap, starring alongside Kayvan Novak and Keith Allen. The show premiered on 27 May 2015.

In October 2017, the BBC announced that Walsh had been cast as a companion, Graham O'Brien, in the eleventh series of Doctor Who. He reprised the role for the twelfth series in 2020 and departed the programme in the 2021 New Year's Day special "Revolution of the Daleks". He also appears in the 2022 special "The Power of the Doctor".

In December 2020, it was announced that Walsh had been cast as Pop Larkin in The Larkins, a new six-part adaptation of The Darling Buds of May. He started appearing on The Larkins in October 2021.


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 popular, beating rival BBC quiz show Pointless regularly. The show features contestants who take on the "Chaser" in a series of general knowledge quiz rounds. There have also been a number of series of celebrity versions of the show, also hosted by Walsh.

Walsh hosted a pilot for an American version of The Chase in 2012. However, it was decided that Brooke Burns would host the show instead.

Between 2010 and 2011, Walsh was the presenter of Saturday panel show Odd One In, with regular panellists Peter Andre and Jason Manford.

Since 2012, Walsh has hosted the Crime Thriller Awards on ITV3. He also hosted the Crime Thriller Club on ITV3 in 2013. Walsh also narrated a one-off documentary for ITV called The Circus.

In August 2014, Walsh hosted an ITV series called Come on Down! The Game Show Story, which looks back on the history of British game shows.

On 26 October 2014, after two successful pilots, Walsh began hosting the first series of Keep It in the Family. He returned to host a second series in 2015.

In 2014, Walsh presented an episode of Sunday Night at the Palladium. He returned to the show to present another episode in 2015. In 2016, he presented eight episodes of Tonight at the London Palladium, a spin-off from the Sunday night series. A second series began airing in April 2017. On 26 December 2014, Walsh hosted an entertainment special called A Christmas Cracker, filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

In May 2016, Walsh guest presented an episode of The One Show with Alex Jones. Also in 2016, Walsh began presenting Cash Trapped, a daytime game show for ITV. A second and third series aired in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

In 2017, Walsh guest-hosted five episodes of The Nightly Show on ITV, which aired from 3 to 7 April. On 1 May 2019, it was announced that Walsh would host a new late-night talk show on ITV, titled Bradley Walsh's Late Night Guestlist. The pilot episode, featuring guests Holly Willoughby, Maya Jama and Piers Morgan, aired on 11 May 2019. A full series was not commissioned.

In 2020, Walsh was announced as the host of a one-off festive revival of the game show Blankety Blank for the BBC. He has, from 2022. been the regular presenter of Blankety Blank.

Other appearances

In 1997, Walsh had spot in the Royal Gala celebrating 21 years of the Prince's Trust.

In 2005, Walsh was one of the victims of an Undercover in Series 5 of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. At the end of that Undercover, he "stormed off".

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.

In August 2008, Walsh appeared in talent show Maestro on BBC Two, where he was placed sixth.

Since 2015, Walsh has been a team captain on the sports-based panel show Play to the Whistle. Hosted by Holly Willoughby, the first series lasted for seven episodes, beginning in April 2015. The second series began in April 2016, followed by a third in 2017.

In 2020, Walsh was the "first ever double Undercover victim" in Series 16 of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

In May 2022, Walsh appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

Singing career

Walsh approached rival game show host Alexander Armstrong to ask him for singing advice in 2016. The result, in November, was Walsh's release of his debut album, Chasing Dreams, which peaked at 10 on the UK Albums Chart. It consists of covers of jazz standards such as "That's Life" and "Mr. Bojangles" as well as the title track, an original song written by Walsh. It became the biggest-selling debut album by a British artist in 2016, selling 111,650 copies.

A year later, due to the success of Chasing Dreams, Walsh released a second album, When You're Smiling, consisting of more covers of traditional pop songs, and one original track. It reached 11 in the charts.

Personal life

Walsh married the dancer Donna Derby in 1997. Together they have a son, Barney, with whom Walsh appeared in the travel series Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad.

Walsh also has a daughter born 1982 from a previous relationship.

Walsh lives in Epping, Essex.

Walsh describes himself as "very spiritual" and attends Church.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Dave Dodds
The Glow George
2005 Coronation Street: Pantomime Prince Charming/Danny Baldwin Coronation Street Spin-Off film
2007 To Each His Own Cinema Father Segment: "Happy Ending"
2013 Imagine Africa Himself
2016 Mike Bassett: Interim Manager Dave Dodds
The Lights Mr. Elliott Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Midas Touch Presenter
1997 Wheel of Fortune 50 episodes
2000 Lock, Stock... Larry Harmless
The Thing About Vince Perry
2001 Hotel! Henry
2002–2003 Night and Day Eddie "Woody" Dexter
2003 Reps Terry Arnold
M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team Phil Seagrove
2004 The Basil Brush Show Mr. Savage
Murder City Ken Hill
2004–2006 Coronation Street Danny Baldwin Regular role; 391 episodes
2005, 2020 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Himself Undercover victim; 2 episodes
2007 Torn Steven Taylor
The Old Curiosity Shop Mr. Liggers
2007–2008 The National Lottery Draws Presenter Occasional episodes
2008 The Sarah Jane Adventures Odd Bob
Elijah Spellman
The Pied Piper
2 episodes; The Day of the Clown
Spin Star Presenter 1 series
2009–2014 Law & Order: UK DS Ronnie Brooks 8 series
2009–present The Chase Presenter 15 series (Regular)
12 series (Celebrity)
2 series (Family)
2010–2011 Odd One In 2 series
2012 The Revolting World of Stanley Brown Headmaster 1 episode
2012–2014 The Crime Thriller Awards Presenter Annually
2013 Crime Thriller Club One-off special
2014 Come On Down! The Game Show Story 1 series
A Christmas Cracker One-off special
2014–2015 Sunday Night at the Palladium 2 episodes
Keep It in the Family 2 series
2015 SunTrap Brutus 1 series
2015–2017 Play to the Whistle Team captain 1 series
2016–2017 Tonight at the London Palladium Presenter 2 series
2016–2019 Cash Trapped 3 series
2016 ... History Arthur Conan Doyle 1 episode
The One Show Guest presenter 1 episode
2017 The Nightly Show 5 episodes
2018 The London Palladium: The Greatest Stage on Earth Presenter One-off special
2018–2022 Doctor Who Graham O'Brien Main role; 22 Episodes (Series 11–12) Guest role: 1 Episode (2022 Specials)
2018 When Dummies Took Over The World Presenter One-off special
2019–present Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad Himself 4 series; 1 Christmas Special
2019 Bradley Walsh's Late Night Guestlist Presenter 1 episode
2019–2021 Take Off with Bradley & Holly 1 Christmas special; 1 series
2020–present Beat the Chasers 5 series
Blankety Blank 2 series
2020 Bradley Walsh’s How To Win A Gameshow One-off special
2021–present The Larkins Pop Larkin Main role

Theatre credits

Year Title Role Location
1988 Aladdin Wishee Washee Theatre Royal, Norwich
1991–1992 Liverpool Empire Theatre
1994–1996 Peter Pan Smee The Alban Arena, St Albans
1996–1997 Cash on Delivery Whitehall Theatre
1997–1998 Cinderella Buttons Theatre Royal, Nottingham
1998 Wimbledon Theatre
1999 Run For Your Wife Churchill Theatre
2000–2001 Dick Whittington Dick Orchard Theatre, Dartford
2001–2002 Snow White Muddles White Rock Theatre, Hastings
2002–2003 Cinderella Buttons The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
2003 Tom, Dick and Harry Theatre Royal, Windsor
2003–2004 Jack & the Beanstalk The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
2006–2007 Cinderella Buttons Milton Keynes Theatre
2007–2008 Aladdin Wishee Washee
2008–2009 New Victoria Theatre, Woking
2010–2011 Peter Pan Smee Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
2013–2014 Cinderella Buttons Orchard Theatre, Dartford
2014–2015 Peter Pan Smee Milton Keynes Theatre
2015 Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure Captain Hook Adelphi Theatre, London (one-off concert)
Cinderella – The World's Biggest Panto Buttons Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
2017 Peter Pan – The World's Biggest Panto Smee Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
SSE Arena, Wembley


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Chasing Dreams
  • Released: 25 November 2016
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
When You're Smiling
  • Released: 10 November 2017
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result Notes
2005 National Television Awards Most Popular Actor Coronation Street Nominated
2006 Nominated
British Soap Awards Best Dramatic Performance Won
Best Actor Nominated
Best Storyline Nominated Shared with Jane Danson and Johnny Briggs
2014 National Television Awards Radio Times – TV Detective Law & Order: UK Nominated
2015 Most Popular Entertainment Presenter N/A Nominated
2018 Most Popular TV Presenter N/A Nominated
2019 N/A Nominated
2020 N/A Nominated
2021 British Academy Television Awards Best Entertainment Performance Beat the Chasers Nominated

See also

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