ITV The Chase: From I’m A Celebrity to Mastermind, the forgotten times the Chasers appeared on other TV shows
We’re used to seeing the Chasers staring down their opponents with a confidence convincing enough to make any contestant break out into a sweat.
But before they took on their famous nicknames and perfected the foreboding glare, many of them appeared on other TV shows as contestants.
In fact, most of the Chasers appeared on the same shows before joining Bradley Walsh on the ITV tea time telly hit; and since gaining a spot on the Chaser line-up many of them have continued to appear in other series – sometimes shocking their fans in the process.
From belting out big numbers on X Factor to winning the nation’s heart on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here…these are the television careers of the Chasers outside of The Chase.
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Jenny Ryan – The Vixen
Given her Chaser name by Bradley Walsh because vixens are “notoriously clever and cunning,” The Vixen has a head full of knowledge and a fringe full of hairspray.
She joined the Chasers line-up in 2015, but she started out her quizzing career representing Leeds University on University Challenge in 2003 where her team made it to the semi-finals.
Before joining The Chase Jenny appeared on a number of other quiz shows including Mastermind in 2006, where her specialist subject was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Are You an Egghead? in 2008 and 2009.
In 2010, she won Only Connect with her team The Gamblers. She has also appeared on The Weakest Link and Channel 4’s Fifteen to One.
But the star has another trick up her sleeve: she can sing. In 2019 she took a break from being a formidable quiz opponent to being a formidable talent show opponent on The X-Factor: Celebrity.
She blew viewers and judges away with her powerful voice and made it to the final, coming in third place overall. Just recently Jenny shared a video of herself singing and playing the ukulele for International Women’s Day on Tiktok.
Pail Sinha – The Sinnerman
Given the nickname Sinnerman when he joined The Chase in 2011, Paul Sinha is know for his snappy sarcasm and his snazzy suits. Like The Vixen, Paul has appeared on The Weakest Link, Mastermind, and Are you an Egghead? He is also a comedian.
Paul began doing stand up comedy as a medical student (oh yeah, he’s also a doctor). After stints at Edinburgh Fringe, he appeared on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience in 2013.
In 2019 Paul was a contestant on Taskmaster: a game show where comedians compete in ridiculous tasks. He came last place but after reports that his Parkinson’s had affected his performance he clarified on Twitter:
“I ought to clarify for Taskmaster fans. I’m an absolute dolt when it comes to common sense, lateral thinking and visual creativity. The illness was only a tiny aspect of why I floundered.”
The Smiling Assassin began hosting his own ITV quiz show in 2021 called Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown. In the show, celebrities compete to answer questions on TV knowledge.
Shaun Wallace – The Dark Destroyer
After joining The Chase in 2009, Shaun quickly became a fan favourite. A true intellectual, he is also a lawyer and a lecturer.
His first big appearance on TV was on Mastermind in 2004 and unlike the other Chasers who have been on Mastermind he actually won. Just like other chasers, too, Shaun has also appeared on Are you an Egghead?
However when he took part in the first season (2008) he made it to the final. That’s right, if things had gone a little differently Shaun would have been on Eggheads and never become the Dark Destroyer!
Other shows Shaun has appeared on include The Weakest Link and Channel 4’s Fifteen to One. He has also joined Susie Dent as a guest in Dictionary Corner on Countdown.
Anne Solway Hegerty – The Governess
Contestants on The Chase know they are in for a tough battle when they see The Governess in the chair. With her tough and stern persona, Anne has built a win record of almost 80 per cent since she started on the show in 2010.
In what will be a surprise to no one, she has also appeared on Mastermind, Are you and Egghead? and Fifteen to One. The quizzing genius even helped a friend win £75,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2010 as part of the “phone a friend” option.
In 2018 Anne went into the Australian jungle as part of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. She quickly won fans over and was praised for opening up about her experiences of Asperger’s live on TV.
The Governess is another Chaser to host her own ITV game show. Britain’s Brightest Family first aired in 2018 and has had two regular series and two celebrity series since.
Mark Labett – The Beast
The Beast has taken his Chaser chair all around the world, appearing on the US and Australian versions of the show as well as being on the Chasers line-up in the UK since 2009.
Guess what? Mark has also been in Mastermind – twice. He appeared on the show in 1999 and 2000 with the Olympic Games and The Simpsons as his specialist subjects.
He also appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? twice in 2005 and 2006. In his second attempt he made it to the hot seat and won a total of £32,000.
That’s not the only time he’s won money on a quiz show either: the quizzing legend once won £500 on Channel 5’s BrainTeaser and £1,500 on BBC One’s SUDO-Q.
In true Chaser style, Mark has taken part in University Challenge and he previously said he dreams of one day being the host. He has also been on Are You an Egghead?
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Darragh Ennis – The Menace
D. Ennis the Menace is the newest Chaser, having officially joined the show in 2020, but his backstory is a bit different. He hasn’t been on Mastermind, University Challenge or even Are You an Egghead?
In fact, the neuroscientist’s first television appearance was on The Chase…just not as a Chaser. He was a contestant on the show in 2017 and faced off against his future colleague The Sinnerman.
Darragh’s team won in the final chase and took home £6,300. Viewers were frustrated because he had won £9000 in the cash builder but his teammates had taken lower offers, detracting from the final pot.
A couple of days after recording he received a phone call from a producer asking him to audition to be a Chaser. He told This Morning: “I originally thought it was a joke.”
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