The Chase has become a teatime favourite since it first took to the air in 2009 – making stars of the show’s infamous ‘Chasers’.
Their role on the show is crucial, with one of them – ranging from Anne Hegerty’s The Governess to Shaun Wallace’s The Dark Destroyer – taking on the contestants in each show in their bid to beat them at their quizzing game.
But just how many Chasers have their been since the show began – and who is the most recent addition to the line-up?
Here’s what you need to know…
How many Chasers have there been?
In total there have been six Chasers on The Chase since it first began in 2009.
Shaun Wallace and Mark Labbett – aka The Beast – have been been a part of the show since the beginning, while Anne Hegerty – aka The Governess – joined the series in 2010.
2011 saw the arrival on the show of Paul Sinha, known as The Sinnerman, while Jenny Ryan – or The Vixen as she’s known on the series – joined in 2015.
The newest member of the Chasers is Darragh Ennis, who made his first appearance in 2020.
Darragh – or The Menace, as he is referred to on the show – is a neurobiologist and former contestant on The Chase, part of a team who appeared in 2017.
He said of his fellow Chasers: ‘They were all super encouraging afterwards when I spoke to them. They were really congratulatory. They said very well done.’
How can you apply to be on The Chase?
There is no closing date for applications and you can find the application form here.
There is no deadline for applying, but contestants have to be aged over 18 and a legal resident of – and currently living in – the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands. You cannot apply if you have previously been employed by The Chase or worked for ITV in the past 10 years, or be a partner or relative of someone who has.
You also have to be able to attend Elstree Studios for filming.
Filming will only proceed subject to government restrictions on travel and social distancing, meaning that the dates for studio recording are subject to change.
The Chase airs weekdays on ITV at 5pm.