January 28, 2023

Bradley Walsh has revealed he has known Robbie Williams since he was eight years old through his entertainer dad Pete Conway.

The TV presenter, 62, was reflecting on his life and career in new Channel 5 documentary Bradley Walsh: The Laugh’s On Me, which airs on Sunday at 9pm.

At one point in the film, Bradley explains how he worked with comedian and singer Pete, who was working as an entertainments boss on set at an event – only to meet the young Robbie destined to become one of the UK’s most well known singers.

Reflecting: Bradley Walsh, was reflecting on his life and career in new Channel 5 documentary Bradley Walsh: The Laugh’s On Me, which airs on Sunday at 9pm

In a clip, Bradley details: ‘Pete was the host and compare of the whole camp, he was like the entertainments boss…

‘He said “come down to my static”- because back in the day you had static caravans pitched all over the place and you could sit in them until you went on shows.

‘And sitting in the corner of his static, watching telly, was his lad at eight years of age.’

Pete Conway continued: ‘Rob came down and stayed with me and Bradley walked in one day and I said: “This young man used to pay football for Brentford”.’

Looking back: In the documentary, the TV presenter, 62, has revealed he has known Robbie Williams (pictured centre) since he was eight years old through his entertainer dad Pete Conway

Bradley explained that he went to have a kickabout with Robbie against the static caravan.

Pete added that at night time, he and little one Robbie headed into the venue on site to watch Bradley doing cabaret.

‘He’d be on at half past nine for three quarters of an hour if I remember rightly,’ Pete said. ‘He was… “entertaining” shall we say?’

A voice off-camera asks if he can elaborate – but Pete says no as he laughs it off. 

Years later, when he was breaking into TV, Bradley would discover that that little lad with the decent left foot had done rather well for himself.

Entertainer: Robbie Williams’ father Pete Conway (pictured) said he introduced his young one to Bradley when he was just eight and the pair played football together

Recalling when he was booked to appear on Cilla Black’s show with upcoming group, Take That, Bradley said: ‘Funnily enough….Robbie he said “you alright Brad?” I went “yeah, yeah Rob you alright?”

Robbie asked Bradley: ‘Don’t you remember me?’

‘I know you are obviously from Take That,’ the TV star quipped. Robbie then exclaimed: ‘I’m Pete Conway’s son’

‘I said, “you’re joking!” He went “no, no, no”. Well, you could’ve blown me down with a feather. So, I’ve known Rob since he was about eight.’

Bradley has had a lengthy career in showbusiness, with his most recent popular gameshow The Chase quickly becoming a household classic.

Last year, the 62-year-old revealed he has been contemplating retirement, despite being named as one of the ‘richest stars on TV’.

The Chase host, 61, admitted he struggles to keep up with his busy working schedule and lamented not having any downtime. 

He told The Sun: ‘You know what, in a couple of years time I won’t have to do any of it, I’ll be retired and that’ll be it.’

 Bradley, who hosts The Chase and its spin-off shows Celebrity Chase and Beat The Chasers, also said he only records the shows on 86 days of the year.

However, he explained: ‘Out of 365 days, you’d imagine I have loads of time off. But once you’ve got your bedrock of shows set in, that allows you then to go off and do other things.   

‘I don’t actually have time off, I have meetings, I have personal appearances I have to make and stuff like that with other things I’ve got going on, so it’s quite tricky to juggle it about.’

‘I don’t have any time off’: Bradley Walsh, 61, has revealed his retirement plans… after becoming ‘one of the richest stars on TV’