Darragh Ennis' Chase audition lasted four years
- Bang Showbiz
- 23 November 2020
New Chaser Darragh Ennis has revealed he had been auditioning for 'The Chase' for four years
Darragh Ennis has been auditioning for 'The Chase' for four years.
The 47-year-old scientist and quizzer has revealed he has been trying out for the show for the last four years before he was given the role alongside the likes of Jenny Ryan and Shaun Wallace.
Darragh said: "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."
And Darragh has revealed he didn't find out what his Chaser name would be until he was on the show, but he did veto the idea of The Professor because of his Oxford University colleagues.
Speaking on ITV's This Morning, he shared: "I work in the university here in Oxford and that’s a title [professor] that you really have to earn and I think people would be very annoyed if I started calling myself the Professor. So I said I didn’t want that but they didn’t tell me what my name would be until I was on set. I was on stage, waiting to go on when I first heard."
Darragh is known as 'The Menace' and he previously revealed that all the other Chasers Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace, Mark ‘The Beast' Labbett, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty and Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha were "really congratulatory" after his first episode.
He said: "They were all encouraging afterwards when I spoke to them. They were really congratulatory. They said very well done. If you have a bad show they are incredibly sympathetic and they help you. It’s a really nice environment that we all work in. We all try to help each other out. So I think they should be really happy with that. Mark will be writing down the numbers and the facts and figures."