The Chase has been on our screens for over ten years and throughout that time viewers have come to know the hosts’ on display personas just like the again of their hand.
However, not a lot is thought concerning the chaser’s non-public life after they’re not having face-offs in opposition to contestants for money prizes.
One of probably the most lowkey chasers is Paul Sinha, additionally recognized as ‘The Sinnerman’. So we have had a have a look at his unimaginable background to fill you in on his busy life.
He’s not solely made it as a quiz champion, however as a comic and GP – whereas his partner has a few quiz methods up his sleeve too.
Time in drugs
Paul was born in Luton, Bedfordshire on May 28, 1970. Before gracing our screens as the wisecracking chaser, Paul truly had ambitions of pursuing a profession in drugs (and succeeded!) . He studied at Dulwich College and St George’s Hospital Medical School and went on to develop into a common practitioner.
This was the primary of many abilities that Paul would uncover in his youthful years. During his time at medical college he started spending time on the stage in St George’s annual revue. He would then go on to refine his comedy as the co-editor of the medical college publication, popularly recognized as the Slag Mag.
Paul’s comedy spans a lot longer than many individuals would realise, as a lot of it occurred on smaller levels and lesser-known productions.
Whilst working as a junior physician in London, he would performing stand-up – a lot of his early materials performed on jokes about his sexuality and ethnicity. In 1999, he got here third within the closing of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.
His massive breakthrough in comedy got here together with his second solo Edinburgh present, Saint or Sinha?. The efficiency earned him an if.comeddie nomination in 2006. He has since gone on to carry out at 9 Edinburgh Festival Fringe reveals – his final being, the 2018 present, The Two Ages of Man.
In 2011 Mark Labbett and Anne Hegarty advisable Paul to The Chase’s producer as a model new chaser. He joined the ITV quiz sequence The Chase as the fourth “Chaser” and rapidly took on the nicknames “The Sinnerman”, “The Smiling Assassin” and “Sarcasm in a Suit” – extra nicknames than any of his fellow chasers.
He additionally seems on the present’s spin-off sequence Beat The Chasers and has constructed up a robust following abroad in New Zealand the place the present can be broadcast.
Living with Parkinson’s illness
In June 2019, Paul acquired a confirmed prognosis of Parkinson’s illness.
Until this level, he did not know he had it, as his signs have been misdiagnosed as a frozen shoulder.
Taking to Twitter, he stated: “I’ve Parkinson’s illness. I’ll battle this with each breath I’ve.”
He continued: “In the time since my Parkinson’s began I’ve been ludicrously busy, and absolutely intend to maintain Chasing, hold writing and performing comedy, hold quizzing and hold being hopeless at Tasks,” he stated, referring to his stint on well-liked Channel 4 comedy present Taskmaster.
“Dancing on Ice is, I believe, out of the query. Lots of people have requested ‘What can I do to assist?’ The reply is to deal with me precisely the identical as earlier than.”
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Paul had at all times been open about being homosexual in his stand-up and in 2019, the quizmaster married Oliver Levy at Mayfair Library in London.
And it appears that evidently Paul is not the one one who’s acquired the knack for quizzing. Last yr, Paul revealed he had taken half in three totally different quizzes, all of which have been received by his husband!
Taking to Twitter again in August he wrote: “Yesterday I took half in three very totally different quizzes with the opposition together with lots of the strongest quizzers within the UK, Europe and certainly the world. All three have been received. By my husband. Honestly. I’m proud. Honestly.”
Do we detect a trace of jealousy?!