Comedian Bradley Walsh Early Life, Net Worth & Annual Salary

By Sujata Limbu | Updated On: 08 Dec, 2019
Comedian Bradley Walsh Early Life, Net Worth & Annual Salary

In his 59 years of existence, Watford native Bradley Walsh has got involved in multiple fields. He is a man with multiple talents and acquisition, who holds a profession like a presenter, comedian, actor, and former footballer.

Besides all his divergent yet commendable works, he is well admired for his performances in the TV series Law & Order: the UK as DS Ronnie Brooks, and also as Graham O’Brien in Doctor Who. Additionally, he had also starred on the British soap Night and Day in 2002.

Now, he has been working as the host of ITV's The Chase. 

Comedian Bradley Walsh's Early Life

Bradley Walsh was born on 4 June 1960 in Watford, England to his parents Daniel Terence Danny Walsh and Margaret. He grew up alongside his sister Kerri and attended Francis Combe School, now known as Francis Combe Academy.

Bradley was into sports since his childhood and football was his favorite. His passion led him to become a professional player at just the age of 18 by signing a contract for Brentford. There, he stayed as a regular member of the reserves squad even though he couldn’t break the ranks into the first team. 

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Unfortunately, at the age of 22, Bradley got a severe ankle injury that forced him to hang up his boots forever and pursue his career. While in his football career, he had played for many acclaimed teams like Barnet, Boreham Wood, Tring Town, and Chalfont St Peter, making three wins for England.

For the victory, he had contributed as a player in 2006 and as a coach in 2012 and 2016.

Who Is Bradley’s Wife? Wife Age? 

Bradley is married to a choreographer and a former dancer, Donna Derby, who has appeared in the music video Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer. His wife Donna, whose age is concealed, still looks ravishing like she was when they tied the knot in 1997.

Even after a long 22 years of wedding, the pair are still seen rejoicing their blissful marital life. They are frequently seen together attending many events including red carpets and flaunting on each other’s Instagram.

Bradley Walsh with his wife Donna Derby and their son Barney. (Photo:

Before Donna, Bradley was romantically linked with late Bernie Nolan, one of the Nolan sisters. Bernie was Bradley’s girlfriend of three years since 1989 but had split after Bernie realized Bradley was a womanizer. Later, she married Steve Doneathy in 1996.

Sadly, Bernie died in 2006 from breast cancer.

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Bradley's Children

The TV actor Bradley and his wife (also the former choreographer of Miss World) Donna, together has a 22-year-old son, Barney, who is a TV presenter and a traveler. He stares at a travel show Breaking Dad alongside his father.

Besides that, the couple has a 37-years-old daughter named Hayley from his mysterious previous relationship.

How Much Is Bradley’s Net Worth & Annual Salary?

According to The Sun, in 2018, Bradley got announced as one of the UK’s highest-earning stars with a $5 million earnings per year. He was paid $9.2 million in the last two years from his two companies- Wingit Productions and Elevenses.

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Decades ago, Wingit Productions was only worth $181,000; and now the worth of the company has boosted to $7 million, as of 2018.

On the other side, his other company Elevenses was closed in the last summer of 2018. Nevertheless, he received $6 million dividends and also owed $570,000 tax rebate which led the former footballer to earn $9.2 million in just two years.

Summing up all his earnings, the host of the ITV’s The Chase, Bradley is estimated to have the net worth more than £6 million.