We’re so excited The Chase Celebrity Special is back on our screens.
What’s better than our favourite celebrities taking on the ruthless Chasers, with the nation’s sweetheart Bradley Walsh always nearby to make a funny comment.
The next episode of the celebrity version of the hit ITV quiz show is on our screens this afternoon (Sunday, July 25).
But you might not know the story of one contestant, who was married to a very famous pop star with three number one hits.
Jeff Banks will appear as a contestant on today’s episode of the show alongside television presenter Michelle Ackerley, radio presenter Andy Crane, and actor Brian Conley.
But fans of the show may not know about Jeff Banks’ fascinating life.
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Born in Wales, 78-year-old Banks is best known for co-founding the fashion chain Warehouse in the 1970s.
He also designs men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery, and home furnishings.
His interest in the fashion business started young – he even started his first business around the age of 11.
After the family moved from Wales to London at the age of eight, Jeff’s family couldn’t afford his school uniform.
So to earn money, he began to buy paraffin at the bottom of a hill where he lived in South London.
He would then push it up the hill in an old pram and sell the paraffin for a penny more at the top of the hill.
By the age of 13, he had employed a lorry driver to take the paraffin from the bottom to the top of the hill before selling the business at 15-years-old.
British Designer of the Year
He went on to study fashion at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, before becoming a well-known designer and founding Warehouse.
But Banks was sacked from the company for being too disruptive in meetings after it was taken over by American retail chain Sears.
However, he went on to win British Designer of the Year in 1979 and 1981.
Host of BBC’s The Clothes Show
He also created and presented the long-running BBC One programme, The Clothes Show, which aired from 1986 to 2000.
In more recent years, he has worked as a designer for the England football team and London’s 2012 Olympics bid.
Banks was also awarded a CBE by the Queen in 2009.
Marriage to a pop star
Singer Sandie Shaw poses with her MBE medal back in 2018
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But most surprisingly, Bank was married to the hugely successful 1960s pop star Sandie Shaw.
Sandie was famous for being the first British entry to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with the song ‘Puppet on a String’.
She also scored number one hits with ‘(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me’ and ‘Long Live Love’.
They married in 1968 at the Greenwich Register Office in London but divorced in 1978.
They share one daughter together.
Banks went on to marry model and makeup artist Sue Mann.
You can watch The Chase Celebrity Special at 4:55pm on ITV.