New Irish Chaser reveals he rejected first nickname given to him by producers


The Chase fans have finally been introduced to a brand new Chaser - who once stood on the other side of the table.


Irishman Darragh Ennis made his long-awaited debut on the ITV quiz show last week as he joined the ranks alongside Jenny The Vixen Ryan, Shaun The Dark Destroyer Wallace, Mark The Beast Labbett, Anne The Governess Hegerty and Paul The Sinnerman Sinha.


Dublin neuroscientist Darragh first appeared on the quiz show back in 2017 as a contestant, going up against The Sinnerman and holding his own as he answered nine questions correctly in the cash builder and banked 9,000 for the team.


Viewers were actually so impressed with the brainiacs performance that a campaign was started when his fellow contestants chose to decrease his whopping pot of money.




In his first show as Chaser, Darragh, whose attire sees him sport a velvet jacket and bolo tie, said: I'm so pleased to be the sixth Chaser.


"It's brilliant to be on such an amazing quiz team, and so much fun working with Bradley Walsh.


"It's such an exciting opportunity and I can't wait to take on more contestants!"


Fans were delighted as Darragh, who previously studied at NUI Maynooth, played his first round on the show, reminding the players he is the only Chaser to know what it's like to play the game from the other side.


He didnt quite live up to his own expectations, as his first opponent bested him and managed to make it back to the team.


But despite his rocky start, he narrowly beat the contestants in the final chase to make his maiden outing a success.


And Bradley Walsh was quick to reveal what Darraghs nickname would be for his stint on the show.


As he stormed onto the set for the first time, Bradley said: The Dublin DynamoD-Ennis, the Menace.


Appearing on This Morning, Darragh explained that producers had originally wanted to call him 'The Professor', but he rejected the nickname.




Irish brainiac Darragh Ennis made his first appearance on The Chase as a contestant before being called back to be one of the six genius Chasers - and it wasn't long before Bradley Walsh gave him a nickname

He told Holly and Phil: "They did say that to me, but I work in the university here in Oxford and professor is a title that you really have to earn. I think people would be very annoyed if I started calling myself the Professor."


Darragh recently revealed that he was interviewed for four years before being handed the role of Chaser.


''A couple of days after recording I got a phone call from one of the producers - which I originally thought was a joke, and then it turned out it was real - and they were asking me to come in for auditions so I just went in.


''I spent a very long time - that was four years ago. So I spent a very long time doing auditions and trials and training before they trusted me on the show."


"They'd call me and do camera tests and ask me loads of questions and lots of things. I'm sure there were more people than me that were being considered.


"Once they decided I would go in regularly for training where they would ask me loads of questions and when I got them wrong, we'd talk through the answers."