BRADLEY WALSH ON DOC­TOR

THE SHOW­BIZ WEEK IN FO­CUS

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Karen Rock­ett by Marc Baker

Make-up. Five pounds of make-up. Also, the di­rec­tor re­ally liked me and I think he took ex­tra spe­cial care to light me. Cher, 72, ex­plains how she man­aged to look so good in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. I don’t have a pas­sion for bak­ing. I am more in­ter­ested in savoury cook­ing than bak­ing. An­other gaffe from Bake Off judge Prue Leith. Isn’t this like Gareth South­gate say­ing he prefers cricket to foot­ball? AS the new Doc­tor Who hur­tles through time and space she may be too busy to thank Ray Win­stone.

But with­out the in­ter­ven­tion of the hard­man ac­tor she might not have landed comedy star Bradley Walsh as her companion Graham.

The ea­gerly awaited new se­ries with Jodie Whit­taker as the Time Lord touches down three weeks to­day.

Bradley will be at her side thanks to his chat with Ray over a drink af­ter they played a char­ity foot­ball match.

Ray told the host of ITV’S game show The Chase: “Enough of the quiz shows. Why don’t you do more act­ing?

“Get back into act­ing. Get back into act­ing. You are a good ac­tor.”

Two days later Bradley, who starred in Coro­na­tion Street as Danny Bald­win and Law & Or­der UK, set the wheels in mo­tion. And the Doc­tor’s Tardis has cer­tainly swept him off his feet.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, Bradley said: “If there are any Doc­tor Who fans out there, Jodie is mag­nif­i­cent. It was un­be­liev­able. It is re­ally big stuff and they have gone for it.”

Pi­geon

Ini­tially Bradley, 58, had no idea he was about to be of­fered the role of a life­time.

Last year he was hav­ing a lunch with the show’s boss Chris Chib­nall who, at first, would tell him only that it was a “very se­cret” job and a ninemonth shoot in Cardiff.

When Chris fi­nally re­vealed it was Doc­tor Who he would not say who was go­ing to be the Time Lord. Chris told him: “We can’t tell you but we want you to do it. Trust us. Trust us. It will be an un­be­liev­able jour­ney.” Brad said: “I’m in. A leap of faith. Why not?”

This type of can-do at­ti­tude and Bradley’s ver­sa­til­ity has made him one of the busiest men in show­busi­ness.

Yet de­spite host­ing The Chase since 2009, he has al­ways thought he can’t risk stay­ing still for too long or he will get pi­geon-holed.

Bradley said: “You have to spread your­self quite thinly. You can be a jack of all trades and that will help you as you will al­ways get em­ploy­ment. It is a very, very fickle busi­ness.”

He has just been film­ing his new re­al­ity show, Break­ing Dad, in New Or­leans. He takes on chal­lenges across Amer­ica with his ac­tor son Bar­ney.

Clearly Bradley will take on any­thing that is thrown at him. He said: “While you re­main con­stant in the in­dus­try, the bosses don’t. So you have to con­stantly evolve.” And life has cer­tainly changed for the boy born and raised in Wat­ford who started his ca­reer as a jet engi­neer for Rolls-royce.

He ad­mit­ted he was not one of the sharpest at school and lived up to his nick­name “Win­git” by pass­ing three of his eight O-lev­els – English, maths and art with no re­vi­sion.

He said: “That was enough to get me into Rolls-royce. I did an ap­pren­tice­ship there. Iron­i­cally that closed down and be­came the Harry Pot­ter film stu­dios.” His short foot­ball ca­reer with Brent­ford was ended with sep­a­rate an­kle frac­tures. But on a lads’ hol­i­day to Ma­jorca he showed his funny side and won a tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion with his Nor­man Wis­dom im­pres­sion. Back home, he suc­cess­fully ap­plied to be a Pon­tins blue­coat and af­ter three months at More­cambe started do­ing stand-up in clubs. In one nightspot in Wat­ford, he had an en­counter with Gary Glitter, later ex­posed as a pae­dophile. Bradley said: “I did this joke on the stage where you flick ice cubes from your groin and ask: ‘What’s that?’ “Then say, ‘It is an Eskimo hav­ing a wee.’ Ten min­utes later

Ner­vous Strictly new­bie Katie Piper is clearly feel­ing smiles bet­ter as she prac­tises her moves with pro part­ner Gorka Marquez ahead of next week’s first dance, telling fans he has “the pa­tience of a saint”. Can model Iris Law se­ri­ously think she needs this much beauty sleep? Or is it that, like Linda Evan­ge­lista, the 17-yearold daugh­ter of Jude and Sadie Frost won’t get out of bed un­less the price is right? Stacey Solomon looks to be hav­ing bloom­ing good fun with son Leighton, six, in this hol­i­day snap she shared. The Loose Women star wrote of her lad: “That smile is life.” LOOK WHO: Brad and Jodie in new se­ries BIG TIME: Brad shared bill with Bassey, Igle­sias and Wil­liams

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