Drinkers stunned as The Beast from The Chase turns up at Doncaster pub quiz

A few quiz-goers faces must have dropped when Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, of ITV's hit quiz show The Chase, turned up at Thursday’s quiz at O'Donegan's Irish Bar.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 4:22 pm

O' Donegans owner Chris Coiughlan said he instantly recognised the star when he arrived at the pub on Hall Gate.

Mark is best known for his fearsome stature on The Chase, where he looms over contestants from his podium - and even storms off and punches the set when he's beaten.

The millionaire genius has become famous for his knowledge and no-nonsense attitude on the show.

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Mark 'The Beast' Labbett at O' Donegans Irish Bar Doncaster with owner Chris Coiughlan (right) and bouncer Nigel.

"We were all a bit shocked, said Chris.

“We were doing the quiz as normal. Capital FM DJ Danny Oates does it every Thursday. It’s packed every week and was really busy.

“I looked across the road and who’s getting out of a 4x4?

“It was the Beast!

Mark 'The Beast' Labbett with door man Nigel.

“I couldn’t believe it.

“He came straight in and I said: ”It’s Mark isn’t it?”

“He said: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place, I want to see what’s going on.

"So I took him in, he sat down , had a pizza played the quiz, and then on the way out he said it was brilliant - one of the best quizzes he had been to.”

Chris was mystified by the visit: “Nobody had a clue why he came, I think he’d just heard about the quiz and wanted to see it for himself.

“He just played two rounds of the quiz and did really well .

“He sat there for an hour and a half had a pizza and said he had really enjoyed it.”