The Chaser Paul Sinha’s life off-air from Parkinson’s battle to quizzer husband

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ITV's hit quiz show The Chase has been on our screens for over ten years and during that time viewers have come to know the hosts’ on screen personas like the back of their hand.

However, not much is known about the Chaser's private life when they’re not having face-offs against contestants for cash prizes.

One of the most lowkey chasers is Paul Sinha, also known as ‘The Sinnerman’. So we've had a look at his incredible background to fill you in on his busy life.

He's not only made it as a quiz champion, but as a comedian and GP – while his partner has a few quiz tricks up his sleeve too.

Time in medicine

Paul was born in Luton, Bedfordshire on May 28, 1970. Before gracing our screens as the wisecracking Chaser, Paul actually had ambitions of pursuing a career in medicine (and succeeded!).

He studied at Dulwich College and St George's Hospital Medical School and went on to become a general practitioner.

This was the first of many talents that Paul would discover in his younger years. During his time at medical school he began 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 school newsletter, popularly known as the Slag Mag.

Comedy career

Paul's comedy spans a lot longer than many people might realise, as much of it took place on smaller stages and lesser-known productions.

Whilst working as a junior doctor in London, he would performing stand-up – much of his early material played on jokes about his sexuality and ethnicity. In 1999, he came third in the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year.

His big breakthrough in comedy came with his second solo Edinburgh show, Saint or Sinha?. The performance earned him an if.comeddie nomination in 2006. He has since gone on to perform at nine Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows – his last being, the 2018 show, The Two Ages of Man.

The Chase

In 2011 Mark Labbett and Anne Hegarty recommended Paul to The Chase's producer as a brand new Chaser. He joined the ITV quiz series The Chase as the fourth Chaser and quickly took on the nicknames "The Sinnerman", "The Smiling Assassin" and "Sarcasm in a Suit" – more nicknames than any of his fellow Chasers.

He also appears on the show's spin-off series Beat The Chasers and has built up a strong following overseas in New Zealand where the show is also broadcast.

Living with Parkinson's disease

In June 2019, Paul received a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Until this point, he didn't know he had it, as his symptoms were misdiagnosed as a frozen shoulder.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "I have Parkinson's disease. I will fight this with every breath I have."

He continued: "In the time since my Parkinson’s started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks," he said, referring to his stint on popular Channel 4 comedy show Taskmaster.

"Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question. A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

Married life and sexuality

Paul had always been open about being gay in his stand-up and in 2019, the quizmaster married Oliver Levy at Mayfair Library in London.

And it seems that Paul isn't the only one who's got the knack for quizzing. Last year, Paul revealed he had taken part in three different quizzes, all of which were won by his husband!

Taking to Twitter back in August he wrote: "Yesterday I took part in three very different quizzes with the opposition including many of the strongest quizzers in the UK, Europe and indeed the world. All three were won. By my husband. Honestly. I'm proud. Honestly."

Do we detect a hint of jealousy?!

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