Regarded as one of the most intelligent men in Britain, Shaun Wallace is a star on The Chase, acting as one of the famous Chasers who challenge contestants. A popular figure on the quizzing circuit, Shaun shot to fame when he won Mastermind in 2004 before becoming one of the formidable Chasers. Also a fully trained barrister, Shaun makes for a fascinating BAME speaker who has previously spoken out about racism and dismantling stereotypes he faced in his youth.
In 2009, ITV was in the process of launching a new quiz show that would dominate the genre, facing contestants against ‘Chasers’ who were quizzing experts. Shaun’s reputation made him the perfect choice for the role and alongside other high-profile quizzers, he joined The Chase. Over a decade later and The Chase has gone on to become one of the most popular quiz shows in the world with Shaun dubbed the ‘Dark Destroyer’. Shaun regularly swats away opponents with his superior general knowledge, and since his first appearance on the show, he’s also gone on to become a popular TV personality, appearing on shows such as Don’t Rock the Boat and Celebrity Catchphrase.
Not only is he a professional quizzer, but prior to his TV career, Shaun was a successful barrister taking part in hearings at the Old Bailey. In this role, he also worked in magistrates’ courts across the country and has been a member of the Jamaican Bar since 1999. In addition to his legal expertise, Shaun was always a fan of a quiz and could often be found competing in quiz leagues in London. In 2004 he decided to put his knowledge to the test, appearing on Mastermind and winning the show with his specialist subject being FA Cup finals. Shaun also made appearances on the Weakest Link and Fifteen to One.
Most recently Shaun has worked for Good Morning Britain as a reporter investigating the rise in racial tensions around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Interviewing high-profile figures and candidly discussing his own experiences with race, off the back of this he was soon given his own documentary, Racism: My Story. When booked as a BAME speaker Shaun’s charismatic, intellectual and humorous personality is accompanied by his passions to bring awareness to the racism that continues to taint the world we live in. Having experienced racism throughout his life, Shaun shares his personal experiences of racism in a bid to raise support for people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
Shaun Wallace is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“At Harrop Fold, we have a very diverse community, and in keeping with Black History month, we were lucky enough to have Shaun Wallace deliver a live broadcast to our entire school. Shaun was everything we as educators look for in speakers, inspirational and resilient. All of our staff and students thoroughly enjoyed what Shaun had to say and would love to welcome him to the school in the future. Thank you, Shaun.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed having Shaun at Chateau Impney. He is great fun, incredibly approachable and was fantastic with our guests. We have received nothing but compliments about him and I would have no hesitation in having him back.”
“Thank you again for arranging for Shaun to attend, it really added to the evening and he was such a sweet and friendly man.”
“Our students had the best time with Shaun at our All Halls Quiz. He certainly has lots of fans in Leeds and we can’t wait to invite him for an in-person session”
“It was a wonderful opportunity to have Shaun speak at Chaucer’s first-ever Black History Month celebration. In fact, he was our very first guest of the celebration. He was inspiring, knowledgeable and spoke many truths about the history and current position of people of colour in the UK… Overall, we were very happy to have had Shaun as a speaker at our event”
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourself and Shaun. I’ve been inundated with so many kind messages about Shaun’s talk (even some marriage proposals for Shaun!). He was absolutely brilliant and I can’t sing his praises enough for the impact he made on the staff that were on the call. He asked me to update him in a year’s time, and I would really like to keep in touch to let him know about the progress we are making. I’m still new in this role and he’s given me so much to consider.”
“We really enjoyed having Shaun share his journey and experiences with us on Wednesday. He is an amazing speaker/storyteller and was a great addition to Valtech’s Black History Month”
“The session went well, thank you for checking in. Good turnout and good feedback. He was very engaging and informative.”