Mark Labbett auditioned for game show Ant and Dec but was ‘too cocky’

Mark Labbett, a star of The Chase, was once turned down by an Ant and Dec game show for being “too cocky”.

According to an executive producer, “The Beast” auditioned for PokerFace at the time – which aired between 2006 and 2007.

Mark passed his audition for The Chase. (GB News/YouTube)

Mark Labbett on PokerFace

Before he rose to fame on The Chase, Mark almost appeared on an entirely different TV show.

Between 2006 and 2007, two seasons of Ant and Dec’s PokerFace aired on ITV.

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PokerFace saw the contestants go head-to-head for £500,000. Whoever won went through to the final, which meant they could win £1million.

One of the people who tried to audition for the show was Mark – as TV Entertainment Executive Producer Sue Allison has revealed.

However, Sue revealed that they rejected the Beast – for being too cocky!

Mark Labbett in a suit and tie smiling at The Chase USA
Mark was “too cocky” for the show. (YouTube)

The beast from The Chase

Sue, who was a producer on The Chase, spoke about Mark’s audition during an appearance on the TV show and tell podcast this week.

“I remember – I’m sure he won’t mind me saying this – thinking at the time, ‘Oh, he’s way too arrogant to be on PokerFace. What if he wins? Nobody wants him to win a million pounds! “, she said.

She then went on to say her name came up for The Chase – and she thought he was perfect for the role.

“I still have his audition tape somewhere. He entered, in this immense great coat which descended almost to the ground. He looked like Hagrid or something! she says.

“He was huge, just huge! I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it was something like “They call me the Beast”. I was like, ‘Oh my God, don’t bother staying for the auditions – you’re in!'” she continued.

Mark Labbett shows his teeth on The Chase
Mark has previously auditioned for PokerFace (Credit: ITV)

Sue then went on to explain why Mark seemed like the perfect fit for the show.

“Eggheads were obviously people being themselves, wearing versions of their own clothes and having pleasant personalities,” she said.

“The very nature of [The Chase] is the idea that it’s the bad guy coming for you,” she continued.

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“So we had to make these characters larger than life.

“But also not making it ridiculous and over the top, staging a fake.”

Mark has been on The Chase since its very first season in 2009. He has also appeared on Beat the Chasers as well as The Chase’s American and Australian cousins.

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