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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Bradley Walsh

VO: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Marc Turner
Comedian. Presenter. “Doctor Who” companion. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bradley Walsh. For this list we’re looking at the most interesting and little-known facts about the life and career of one of the UK’s most versatile entertainers. Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Bradley Walsh

Comedian. Presenter. “Doctor Who” companion. Welcome to WatchMojo UK, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bradley Walsh.

For this list we’re looking at the most interesting and little-known facts about the life and career of one of the UK’s most versatile entertainers.

#10: School Days

Bradley Walsh freely admits that he wasn’t the most academically gifted of students, having reportedly earned the nickname “Wing-It” because he didn’t revise for his O-levels. Many of his former teachers have claimed they knew Walsh would become an entertainer, though. His deputy headmaster wasn’t so sure, however. Upon hearing that Bradley wanted to be a comedian, the deputy reportedly looked him over and laughed, to which Walsh replied: “See? I’m good!” Nevertheless, his first job wasn’t actually anything to do with entertaining people – he started off as an engineer, after winning an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce.

#9: The Question Setters Target Bradley

Fans of “The Chase” will know that Bradders is never far from a fit of giggles. And the tea-time quiz show loves to throw in the odd innuendo-inspired question, to spice things up. The producers aren’t only interested in getting a laugh from the audience, though. Appearing on “Good Morning Britain” in 2016, Walsh reckoned that the question setters are deliberately trying to trip him up because a) he doesn’t get to see the questions beforehand and b) he’s always one wrong move away from a laughing fit. It seems they’ll stop at nothing to re-create this famous moment from series 6.

#8: A Weatherfield Comeback Could Be on the Cards

In 2006, Walsh won a British Soap Award for his role as Danny Baldwin in Corrie. Indeed, he credits the soap as being a turning-point in his career. After two years on the Street, however, he left to pursue other projects. Fans weren’t best pleased, but Danny’s exit was deliberately scripted to leave open the possibility of a comeback. Speaking to Jonathan Ross in 2014, Walsh was non-committal about a return, but he has never truly ruled it out. Now that he’s travelled all of time and space in the TARDIS, who’d bet against him gracing those famous cobbles once more?

#7: Law & Order (& Luck)

For five years, from 2009 to 2014, Bradley played the part of DS Ronnie Brooks in the British spin-off of the US legal drama “Law & Order”. The role eventually won him a nomination at the National Television Awards, but he considers himself fortunate to have landed the part in the first place. Delayed by bad traffic, Walsh stumbled late into his audition, gave a terrible reading, then babbled on about his nightmare journey. Fortunately, this turned out to be exactly the persona the producers were looking for, so he ended up being offered the role – before reportedly gaining a stone in weight to play the part!

#6: He Started as a Supporting Act

After completing that apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce, Walsh’s path to stardom was a modest one – with the now-household name setting up as a Pontin’s bluecoat. After being spotted performing in Blackpool, he was invited onto “The Des O’Connor Show” alongside Shirley Bassey… and he must have impressed her, because she later invited him to tour with her. Walsh appeared at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, where he regularly performed to audiences of 10,000 plus. From there, his reputation as a five-star warm-up act spread, with Tom Jones and Barry Manilow also hiring him to get their crowds going.

#5: He’s a ‘Nightmare’ to Work With

According to Jodie Whittaker, anyway. The cast of “Doctor Who” series eleven struck up quite the friendship while filming, with Jodie Whittaker repeatedly claiming to have fallen in love with her co-stars. But, despite Bradley being the elder statesman of ‘Team TARDIS’, he didn’t always set the best example – like when he wore an unscripted wig while filming, or when he arrived on set admitting that he hadn't watched the sci-fi show since 1971. Ultimately, while appearing on “This Morning”, Whittaker described Brad as a “nightmare”. It’s clearly all good fun though, as the pair attended the 2018 BAFTA awards together – where Bradley seemed on his best behaviour!

#4: He Used to be a Professional Footballer

Long before his Rolls Royce days, and before he carved a career as a comedian, Walsh’s boyhood dream was to be a professional footballer. And, for a short while, he was one. At 18, he signed for then-Third Division side Brentford FC, but he never actually played for the first team. And his career unfortunately ended prematurely after he broke his ankle a couple of times. His love for the beautiful game has carried on though, with Walsh taking part in Soccer Aid in 2006 and 2010. And, of course, he even had a spell as coach of the England national team – albeit on the silver screen, in the 2001 comedy film “Mike Bassett: England Manager”.

#3: Bradley’s Bromance with Stormzy

As unlikely as it sounds, Walsh and Stromzy are mates. In 2017, a chance meeting on the red carpet at The Brits prompted Walsh to jokingly suggest a collaboration with the grime icon. Bradley is apparently an admirer of Stormzy’s work, and even released a video on Instagram of himself swaying along to the rapper’s music. So, when the two of them appeared alongside each other on “The Jonathan Ross Show”, Brad seized the opportunity to serenade his friend. The hilariously unlikely links don’t end there, though. Walsh is also admired by another Brit music legend, with Liam Gallagher once calling him “cool”.

#2: He Was the Biggest-Selling Debut Artist Of 2016

Forget Stormzy, Liam or anyone else… Walsh has won musical acclaim of his own, after his album “Chasing Dreams” was the only debut record to be awarded a gold disc in 2016. His collection of classics earned various award nominations, and even outsold first albums by Jack Garratt and former One Direction star Zayn Malik. Walsh reportedly laughed when he heard the news, though we’re guessing that Zayn wasn’t so amused. For his second album, Bradley took the unusual step of running a poll on his website, asking fans to help him choose the tracks. It charted one place lower than his first offering, but was still a success.

#1: He’s Got Past Links with “Doctor Who”

Brad’s now known worldwide as Graham O’Brien, but Walsh’s work alongside Jodie Whittaker isn’t his first outing in the “Doctor Who” universe. He originally featured in the CBBC spin-off, “The Sarah Jane Adventures” – and not on the side of the good guys. Instead, Walsh plays an alien entity that feeds on fear, in the story “The Day of the Clown”. In a somewhat satisfying twist, Sarah Jane Smith eventually defeats Walsh’s villainous character with the sound of laughter. Even when he’s trying to be evil, this comedian can’t help but crack you up!

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