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Mark Labbett
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Labbett on The Chase in 2014
Born
Mark Andrew Labbett

15 August 1965 (1965-08-15) (age 56)
Tiverton, England
Other names The Beast
Occupation Television personality
Years active 1999–present
Notable credit(s)
The Chase (2009–present)
The Chase USA (2013–2015, 2021)
The Chase Australia (2016–2020)
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Spouse(s)
Katie Labbett (m. 2014)
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Mark Andrew Labbett (born 15 August 1965) is a British quizzer and television personality. He is a "chaser" on the ITV game show The Chase, starting in 2009 and from June 2021, as one of the four chasers on ABC's version of The Chase. He previously appeared between 2013 and 2015 on GSN's American version as their sole chaser, and between 2016 and 2020, as one of six chasers on the Australian version. His nickname on these shows is "The Beast".

Labbett has appeared as a contestant on several other television quiz shows and is a regular in quizzing competitions.

Early life

Mark Andrew Labbett was born in Tiverton, Devon, to Carolyn and Jon Labbett. He has two younger brothers, Paul and Philip.

Labbett obtained a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Exeter College, Oxford, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in secondary education from the University of Exeter and legal CPE and LPC qualifications from the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales).

Career

Teaching

Labbett was a mathematics and physical education supply teacher at Caldicot School in Caldicot, Monmouthshire, South Wales.

Quizzing

Labbett became interested in quizzing when working at Butlins holiday camp, where he supplemented his income with winnings from the quiz machines. His pub quiz team won a weekend in Paris in April 2001 after competing in the national competition Jumbo Quiz.

He works as a question writer for Redtooth, a quiz company from Barlborough near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. After two years of part-time work as a promoter for them, he moved to South Yorkshire in 2013 in order to work more often with them, but he no longer lives there.

Labbett appeared on Mastermind in 1999, where his specialist subject was the Olympic Games. He appeared again on Mastermind in 2000, with the animated television show The Simpsons as his specialist subject. Also in 2000, he competed on Countdown, narrowly losing his first game on a crucial conundrum. In 2001, he appeared on Stake Out, where he was the second contestant eliminated during the Face Off round. In 2003, he appeared on Grand Slam, where he lost against Clive Spate in his first match.

In 2004, he won £500 on the Channel 5 show BrainTeaser, and a year later he won £1,500 on BBC One's SUDO-Q. He appeared on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? twice, firstly on fastest finger first in Series 18 broadcast on 5 November 2005. He returned the following series (19) and made the hot seat, winning £32,000 across two episodes in April 2006. In 2005, he also won £32,000 on Millionaire Live, a live version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? that toured seaside resorts throughout the summer.

As captain, he led the Welsh quiz team to fifth place in the 2006 European Quizzing Championships.

Labbett's team, the Rugby Boys, won BBC Four's Only Connect in 2009. Other television appearances include The National Lottery People's Quiz (2007) where he came second in the grand final, University Challenge and Are You an Egghead?.

In 2012, Labbett was ranked 89th in the World Quizzing Championships.

In 2016, Labbett took part in the three-part ITV series Sugar Free Farm, when he revealed he has false teeth, as a result of eating too much sugar. That same year, it was announced that he would become a producer for Hull-based wrestling promotion New Generation Wrestling (NGW).

The Chase

See also: The Chase (British game show), The Chase (American game show), and The Chase Australia

Labbett is one of the "chasers" in the ITV teatime quiz The Chase, first broadcast in 2009 and hosted by Bradley Walsh. In the show, his nickname is "The Beast", a two-pronged nickname referencing both his stature and his surname (Labbett sounds like the French la bête, meaning "the beast").

In August 2013, Labbett appeared as the only chaser on the American version of The Chase on Game Show Network. He also appeared as one of the seven chasers on the Australian version of The Chase on the Seven Network, alongside fellow UK chasers Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace. His weakest subjects are horse racing and soap operas. He noted that the American version posed far more difficulties for him, as American game shows typically allow far more competent contestants than British or Australian shows; he stated that his most challenging opponent was James Holzhauer, co-winner of the first American version of The Chase and later a famous Jeopardy! contestant and participant in that show's "Greatest of All Time" tournament. (Holzhauer's Jeopardy! success led to him being named a chaser on the second U.S. version of The Chase, in which Labbett would join for its second season).

Personal life

Labbett moved to Caldicot, Monmouthshire, in 1998 and then to nearby Newport in 2003 before moving to Moorgate, Rotherham, in 2013. He lives in or near Herefordshire.

Labbett married his second cousin, Katie, who is 27 years his junior, in October 2014 at Arundel Cathedral. They separated in 2020.

Labbett's favourite football team is Sheffield United.

Television

Year Title Role Channel
2009–present The Chase Chaser ITV
2011–present The Chase: Celebrity Specials
2013–2015, 2021 The Chase USA Game Show Network, ABC
2016–2020 The Chase Australia Channel 7
2017–present The Family Chase ITV
2020–present Beat The Chasers
2021 The Chasers Road Trip: Trains Brains and Automobiles Himself

Guest appearances

  • Mastermind (1999, 2000) – contestant
  • Countdown (2000) – contestant
  • Stake Out (2001) – contestant
  • Grand Slam (2003) – contestant
  • BrainTeaser (2004) – contestant
  • SUDO-Q (2005) – contestant
  • University Challenge – contestant
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (2006) – contestant
  • The National Lottery People's Quiz (2007) – contestant
  • Are You an Egghead? (2008) – contestant
  • Only Connect (2009) – contestant
  • Sugar Free Farm (2016) – participant
  • Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (2016) – contestant
  • Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief (2017) – participant winner
  • Celebrity Juice (2017) – participant
  • Loose Women (2017) – guest
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