Paul Sinha has become one of the most popular faces in the world of game shows and fans of The Chase just can’t seem to get enough of him. The former GP has a habit of helping people get better, which is funny because he usually makes contestants sick on The Chase.
The 51-year-old Sinnerman is a fully qualified doctor, trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School before becoming a GP in 1995. There he discovered a new passion for performing on stage in as an actor.
As a young doctor, Paul took part in St George’s Annual Review and used his comedic talents as co-editor of the medical school newsletter known as “Slag Mag”. His big breakthrough came with his second solo Edinburgh Fringe festival show “Saint or Sinha?” which earned him a prestigious if.comedy nomination (formerly the Perrier Comedy Award).
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Paul performed nine different shows in Edinburgh from 2004 to 2018, most recently The Two Ages of Man. Paul was scouted by TV bosses and made appearances on Comedy Central’s The Alternative Comedy Experience in 2013 and on BBC Radio 4 on his own show The Sinha Games, as well as his own series, Paul Sinha’s History Revision in 2014.
Alongside comedy, the quiz expert has shown off his brain power on a number of game shows, including The Weakest Link, Are You an Egghead?, Brain of Britain and Mastermind. Also known as “The Smiling Assassin”, Paul joined the original line-up of Chasers on The Chase in 2011. He holds the series’ highest joint record alongside The Governess.
In May 2019, Paul revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The TV star shared the news in a tweet linked to a blog post simply titled ‘diagnosed’ – detailing his medical worries over the past two years.
He said: “I have Parkinson’s. I’m going to fight this with every breath I take. Ever since my Parkinson’s started I’ve been ridiculously busy and I fully intend to keep hunting, keep writing and performing comedies, keep interrogating and keep being hopeless at Tasks,” he said.
“Dancing on Ice is, I guess, out of the question. A lot of people have asked ‘What can I do to help?’ The answer is to treat me exactly as before.”
Paul continued: “I have an incredible family, I know about serious illnesses, I am lucky to have a fiancé who is there for me and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues who I consider to be Exceptional human beings. I don’t consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse.”
Speaking about his diagnosis on Loose Women in April 2021, Paul said: “I’m fine to be honest with you. I was diagnosed in 2019 which shocked the system a bit after spending two years with a right shoulder embarrassing.
“But to be perfectly honest with you, covid has been more of a part of my life than Parkinson’s because Parkinson’s is quite a slow process compared to a global pandemic.
“So I had more to worry about with covid than Parkinson’s because I’m not quite where I was two years ago, but I’m still fighting.”
Paul married his partner Olly Levy in December 2019 after popping the question in January. Their wedding was the “happiest day” of Paul’s life and he entertained his 75 guests with a self-penned song and a dance number at the reception.
“Halfway through the song, I was like, ‘I’m having the fucking time of my life,'” Paul said. “My clan was meeting his clan, and everything was wonderful in the world.
Paul spoke of the support he received from Olly following his Parkinson’s diagnosis.
According to The Mirror, Paul said: “When we got engaged I don’t think he knew how traumatic the year was going to be. But we coped, and it’s better to be married, he there’s a stronger bond, and we needed it, because of what happened.”
In 2021, Paul started hosting his own quiz show for ITV, called Paul Sinha’s TV Showdown. The show features celebrities competing against each other in an effort to answer as many TV knowledge questions as possible.