Rylan Clark

English television and radio presenter, singer and model

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Rylan Clark
Rylan Clark 2014 (cropped).jpg
Clark in 2014
Ross Richard Clark

(1988-10-25) 25 October 1988 (age 33)
  • Television presenter
  • radio presenter
  • singer
  • voiceover narrator
  • model
Years active2010–present
Dan Neal
(m. 2015; div. 2021)

Ross Richard Clark (born 25 October 1988), known professionally as Rylan, is an English television and radio presenter, singer, narrator and model. After finishing in fifth place in the ninth series of The X Factor, he went on to win Celebrity Big Brother 11. Later that year, he presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side, This Morning and The Xtra Factor. He is also the host of the revived editions of Supermarket Sweep and Ready Steady Cook, as well as the BBC's You Are What You Wear.

Early and personal life

Clark was born Ross Richard Clark[1] on 25 October 1988 in Stepney, East London,[2] to mother Linda Clark.[3] He has a brother, Jamie.[4]

Clark has been a part-time model since he was 16.[5] It was during his early modelling career that he adopted the stage name "Rylan",[1] which was conceived when he went into a branch of WHSmith and chose the name from the R section of a baby name book.[6] In 2007, he applied for Big Brother 8, but, "the day I was going in, it got taken away from me because it got leaked to the press. It was devastating."[7] He was in several Take That and Westlife tribute bands in Ibiza,[2] and was also part of a Spanish boy band called 4bidden until 2010.[5][8]

In September 2014, Clark got engaged to Big Brother 14 housemate Dan Neal.[9] On 7 November 2015, the couple got married.[10] On 27 June 2021, it was announced that the couple had separated after six years of marriage.[11]


2010–2012: Career beginnings

In 2010, Clark appeared in four episodes of the BBC series John Bishop's Britain. Clark was then a finalist on the Sky Living modeling series Signed by Katie Price.[12] In May 2012, Clark auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor at The O2 Arena in London in front of Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Tulisa and guest judge Rita Ora. He performed a dance version of Des'ree's "Kissing You". Afterwards, Barlow said: "Rylan, love your personality, hate your voice, really strange song choice as well." Walsh also admitted that he was "a bit worried". Barlow gave Clark a "no", but Ora, Tulisa and Walsh all decided to say "yes" and put him through to bootcamp.

At bootcamp, Clark sang The Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha" with former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who was then a judge. After his performance, Barlow admitted: "[I] think he's going to haunt me throughout this competition." Barlow was reluctant to send Clark through to judges' houses, however, the other three judges were in favour of him advancing. Clark was eventually put through into the boys category with Scherzinger as his mentor. At judges' houses in Dubai, he performed a stripped-back rendition of Rihanna's "We Found Love" in front of Scherzinger and Ne-Yo. Scherzinger later put Clark through to the live shows as one of her final three acts with James Arthur and Jahméne Douglas. She told him: "Rylan, it's such a big risk... but I have to take it, and you are in my final three.", and he appeared to have an immense breakdown.[13]

Clark sang "Gold" by Spandau Ballet in the first week of the live shows, and was in the bottom two with Carolynne Poole the following night. Scherzinger voted to save Clark, as he was her act, while Barlow and Tulisa voted to save Poole, based on their final showdown performance. Walsh, who had the casting vote, voted to save him, sending the result to deadlock, in which Clark had received more public votes than Poole and was saved, much to the disgust of Barlow, who stormed off stage and who later called Clark a "joke act" and "talentless".[14]

In week 2, Clark persisted to annoy Barlow by first performing part of Barlow's "Back for Good" and claiming that he had booked him a cab in advance in case he stormed off stage again, to which Barlow responded "That's funny [because] I've had yours on hold for two weeks."[15] That week, he was put through to week three on the public vote.[16] In week 5, he was again in the bottom two with Kye Sones, but he was saved by the public vote. This happened after Barlow and Walsh voted to eliminate Clark, while Scherzinger and Tulisa, who had the casting vote, voted to eliminate Sones. Tulisa sent the result to deadlock and Sones was eliminated.[17] In week 7, Clark revealed on The Xtra Factor that his psychic had told him that he would reach week 7 of the competition before leaving,[18] however, the following night, he advanced to the quarter-final by the public vote.[19]

Celebrity Big Brother

Clark became a housemate in the eleventh series of Celebrity Big Brother in January 2013. He was the second celebrity to enter the Big Brother House. On launch night, Clark and Italian jockey Frankie Dettori selected which celebrities would join them in the House and who would be banished to the Basement. It was revealed midway through the series that, contrary to the show's rules of staying in the Big Brother House throughout the series, he had been leaving the house each Sunday to rehearse for The X Factor tour, which began a day after the live final on 25 January.[20] He made it to the final five with Neil "Razor" Ruddock, Claire Richards, Ryan Moloney and Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Clark was announced as the winner during the live final, after which he broke down into tears.[21]

Channel 5 (2013–2018)

On 14 May 2013, as part of a revamp by Channel 5, Clark and AJ Odudu were announced as the new co-hosts of Big Brother's Bit on the Side, replacing Jamie East and Alice Levine. Emma Willis replaced Brian Dowling as host of Big Brother.[22] In the 2015 series of Celebrity Big Brother UK vs USA, he also presented Bit on the Side on the weekends. For this series, the programme was renamed Bit on the State Side and filmed in an American-style studio. he presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side until the series was cancelled by Channel 5 in 2018.

In October 2015, Clark co-presented a special edition of Most Haunted Live with Jamie East on Really. In May 2016, he presented his own primetime chat show for Channel 5 called Up Late with Rylan.[23]

ITV (2014–present)

Since the tenth series of The X Factor, he has provided all the gossip from the show on This Morning. He has also acted as a Hub presenter until its removal from the programme in 2014. Since late 2014, Clark has also been credited as the main relief presenter for the series. He has presented with others including Ruth Langsford, Lorraine Kelly, Dan Neal (his ex-husband), Alison Hammond, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Amanda Holden, Sarah Greene, Geri Halliwell, Gok Wan, Lisa Snowdon, Emma Willis, Rochelle Humes and Eamonn Holmes. On 1 July 2016, it was confirmed that Clark would co-host The Xtra Factor Live with Matt Edmondson.[24] This would be the second time that a former X Factor contestant has co-hosted the series, the first being Olly Murs, who co-hosted from 2011 to 2012.

In January 2017, it was announced that Clark would present a new daytime game show for ITV called Babushka.[25] He also hosted a non-broadcast pilot for ITV2 panel show Codswallop. However, it was not commissioned for a full series. In December 2017, it was announced that Rylan would be taking a break from his duties with This Morning from the following January for a few months. Clark returned to This Morning briefly in both April 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 as a main show stand-in presenter. On 10 July 2019, it was revealed that he would present a revived version of Supermarket Sweep. The first series aired on ITV2 on 9 September 2019 to 4 October 2019.[26] The second series aired on 1 September to 19 December 2020, however, the show moved to its original channel ITV.

BBC (2018–present)

In 2018, it was announced that Clark would become a regular panellist on Eurovision: You Decide, and he remained there until its cancellation in 2020.[27] He also took over Mel Giedroyc's role as co-commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals alongside Scott Mills.[28] In 2018, he covered for Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2,[29] and took over her show when she moved to the station's breakfast show in January 2019, now titled Rylan on Saturday.[30] Since January 2019, Rylan has also hosted multiple episodes of The One Show as a stand-in guest presenter.

On 18 April 2019, it was announced that Clark would begin co-presenting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two with Zoe Ball.[31][32] In May 2019, Clark was the spokesperson for the United Kingdom as part of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[33] On 2 September 2019, it was confirmed that he would host a revived daytime series of Ready Steady Cook on BBC One in 2020[34] and in 2021, it was renewed for series 2.[35]

Other work

In February 2014, Clark made a guest appearance in the Sky 1 comedy series Stella.[36] In 2015, he reached the final of BBC One's Celebrity MasterChef.[37] On 21 January 2016, he announced on Twitter that he would release his autobiography titled The Life of Rylan on 30 June 2016. It reached number 1 in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List.[38] He appeared as Ryan, an air steward, in the 2016 film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.[39] In 2017, he narrated the ITVBe reality series Spa Wars.[40] In June 2020, it was announced that Clark would be co-hosting Big Brother: Best Shows Ever with Davina McCall.[41]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 John Bishop's Britain Model 4 episodes
2011 Signed by Katie Price Contestant Runner-up
2012 The X Factor 5th place
2012–2013 The Xtra Factor Guest
Daybreak Guest Entertainment Presenter
2013 Celebrity Big Brother Housemate Winner
2013–2014 This Morning's Hub Presenter
2013–present This Morning
2013–2018 Big Brother's Bit on the Side
Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side
2014 Big Brother's Bit on The Psych Presenter
2014, 2017 Celebrity Big Brother 3 episodes
2015 Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on The State Side
Celebrity MasterChef Contestant Finalist
Most Haunted Live! Presenter Halloween special
2016 Up Late with Rylan
The Xtra Factor Live Co-presenter Series 13
The X Factor Audience Reporter Series 13
2017 Big Brother: Rylan's Rant Presenter
Rylan Live: Big Brother Gossip
Babushka 1 series; 20 episodes
Big Brother: Full House with Rylan Launch companion show
Spa Wars Narrator 8 episodes
2017–2018 Celebrity Ghost Hunt[42] Presenter
2018 The Wave 1 series
Celebrity Big Brother: Behind The Scenes One-off special
2018–2019 Eurovision: You Decide Panellist
Ferne McCann: First Time Mum Narrator Series 2–4
2018–present Eurovision Song Contest UK semi-final co-commentator With Scott Mills
2019–present The One Show Guest co-presenter[43]
2019 Eurovision Song Contest 2019 UK spokesperson
2019–present Celebrity Gogglebox Himself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two Co-presenter With Zoe Ball (2019–20)
2019–2020 Supermarket Sweep Presenter 45 episodes
2019 Buy it Now
2020–2021 Ready Steady Cook 51 episodes
2020–present Sport Relief Co-presenter
2020 The A-Z of Eurovision Narrator One-off special
Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Co-presenter With Davina McCall
You Are What You Wear Presenter Fashion show
It Pays to Behave One-off special
2021 Taskmaster Participant New Year Special
Have I Got News for You 1 episode
Year Title Role Slot Station Notes
2018 The Zoe Ball Show Presenter 15:00–18:00 Saturdays BBC Radio 2 Stand-in presenter
2019–present Rylan on Saturday
2020 The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show 06:00-09:30; Monday-Friday Stand-in presenter
2021 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 14:00-17:00; Monday-Friday
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Stella Himself Guest appearance
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Rylan Air steward
Year Title Role Note(s)
2016 The World's Biggest Panto (Snow White) Evil Huntsman
2019 Nativity The Critic

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2015 The Daily Telegraph Awards LGBT Celebrity of the Year Won [44]
2016 National Television Awards Best Presenter Nominated [45]
2017 National Television Awards Best Presenter Nominated [46]
2017 British LGBT Awards Top 10 LGBT+ Broadcasters or Journalists Included [44]
2021 TRIC Awards TV Personality Nominated [47]


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