What's your name and where d'ya come from?! Blind Date, hosted by Cilla Black from 1995 until 2003, was Saturday night TV at its finest. There were a lorra lorra laughs, a couple of 'new hats', and to top it off, our Graham with his quick reminder! And it turns out some celebs even jump-started their careers by appearing on the show...
1. Amanda Holden
Believe it or not, Amanda Holden’s first TV appearance was as a fresh-faced 19-year-old, back in 1991, on Blind Date! Sadly, she didn’t get picked. Since then, she’s risen to fame as an actress in TV shows such as Wild At Heart, as well as presenting This Morning and Britain’s Got Talent.
2. Mark Speight
Fondly remembered for hosting popular kids’ TV show SMart, Mark’s 1989 appearance on Blind Date led to him being signed by fashion agency Ugly Models, before his career as an actor and presenter really took off. Thanks, Cilla!
3. Ed Byrne
Ed Byrne, the celebrated stand-up comedian, actor, writer and self-confessed nerd, wasn’t always so popular. In fact, when he appeared on Blind Date back in 1993, he apparently lost out to a male stripper from Kings Lynne. Can’t win ’em all!
4. Jenni Falconer
Probably best know for presenting This Morning, Jenni Falconer appeared on Blind Date in 1994. She was matched with fellow contestant Donda Michaelas, but unfortunately it didn’t work out, much to Cilla’s disappointment. But Jenni did credit the show, and our Cilla, for inspiring her to go on to become a TV presenter.
5. Nikki Grahame
‘WHO IS SHE?’ Nikki Grahame shot to fame (or notoriety) on Big Brother 7 for her raging temper tantrums and her short-lived fling with fellow housemate Pete Bennett. But this wasn’t her first TV appearance. She went on Blind Date in 2003 as the date ‘chooser’, and bagged herself a date with one lucky man…
6. Ortis Deley
The presenter, radio DJ and actor made his TV debut on the dating show in 1994, where he was spotted by an industry manager before going on to present a number of popular kids’ shows, such as Short Change and Live & Kicking.
7. Mr Bean
OK, so he was already famous when he went on Blind Date back in 1993. But you’ve got to love a bit of Bean!