Bradley Walsh smiling in the street and on The Chase

The Chase: Bradley Walsh’s ‘surprising’ secret side fans don’t get to see on ITV show

The star's friend once lifted the lid on his off-screen persona

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The Chase star Bradley Walsh has a secret side to him that he appears to hide from fans of the ITV series, a close pal previously revealed.

The popular and cheeky TV host is apparently “super intelligent” when he is off camera.

Bradley’s intellect is so impressive that his friend Mark Harrison was surprised when he first met him.

Bradley Walsh has 'secret side to TV persona'
Bradley Walsh has a ‘secret side’ to his telly persona (Credit: ITV)

The Chase star Bradley Walsh has a ‘secret’ side

Speaking to Great British Life in 2022, Mark said when he first met Bradley, he was “not the guy” he recognised from the small screen.

He is not just the guy you see on the telly. He is super-intelligent and his foresight was amazing.

“I was really surprised how clever he was,” Mark told the publication.

“He is not just the guy you see on the telly. He is super-intelligent and his foresight was amazing.”

Bradley and Barney Walsh at BAFTAs
Bradley, pictured with son Barney, did not initially set out on a showbiz career (Credit:

Bradley ‘cheats’ his way to The Chase

These days, Bradley can be found fronting The Chase on weekdays.

There is no denying he is a very talented brain box with a very varied career. But is he clever enough to beat ultimate Einsteins, The Chasers?

Bradley once confessed that he “cheated” when asked that very same question.

He told Captial FM in 2022: “I’ve got to fess up as well. When we first did the job, the only two choices that were first there were actually The Beast and The Dark Destroyer, right?

“We were doing an office run through, and this is to get the job up and running. And I said: ‘This is ludicrous these questions are so easy.’

“And they said: ‘Do you think you could beat the Chaser?’ I said: ‘If I beat the Chaser, we’ll make a series.'”

Bradley DID beat Chasers Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace. But only by cheating.

“What they didn’t realise was the sheets with the questions and the answers on were lying face down on my end of the desk,” he admitted.

“I could see the print through and I could read the answers backwards and I read them. So every time they come in on the head to head as if they were at the table, I’d smash both of them.”

Bradley Walsh with The Chase co-stars on set
Bradley is a firm favourite on our TV screens (Credit: ITV)

Bradley Walsh’s career

Although Bradley is one of the most recognised faces on TV, he did not set out on the road to fame when he first left school.

Having grown up in Watford, Brad got an apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce’s nearby aircraft engine factory.

A love for engineering blossomed as he learned to build jet engines for the British forces.

Bradley, now 64, also began doing up cars in his spare time, starting out with a Mini 1000.

Away from the garage, he was also a budding footballer and was signed to Brentford aged 18.

But sadly, an ankle injury put paid to that career path and he quit football and engineering and began working at Pontins holiday camp as a Bluecoat.

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Natasha Rigler
Freelance Writer