The Chase star Shaun Wallace says teacher told him he'd 'end up a thief and in ...

SHAUN WALLACE, who is a quizmaster on The Chase and a qualified barrister, has opened up about the moment he was told by a teacher that he would "end up a thief" or "in prison".

PUBLISHED: 15:53, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:18, Wed, Sep 2, 2020

Shaun Wallace, who is a firm fixture on ITV's quiz show The Chase, has spoken candidly in a new documentary, which explores the racial imbalances in society. The barrister opened up about his own experience of facing racial discrimination.


The ITV star reflected on a time as a teenager when he expressed his aspirations of becoming a barrister to his careers teacher.

However, the 60-year-old quizmaster revealed he was told that at "worst he'd be packing shelves".

"When I was 11-years-old I knew what I wanted to be in life - I wanted to be a barrister," Shaun explained.

"I used to watch TV programmes like Crown Court with my hero Rumpole of the Bailey."

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The Chase's Shaun Wallace told he'd 'end up in prison' by teacherThe Chase's Shaun Wallace told he'd 'end up in prison' by teacher (Image: ITV/CHANNEL 5)

Shaun Wallace opened up about his experience in a new documentaryShaun Wallace opened up about his experience in a new documentary (Image: CHANNEL 5)

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"When I was 11, alongside my close classmate, we both wrote to the Bar Council," he continued in tomorrow's Channel 5 documentary Racism: My Story.

"And we got that letter back and they told us what we needed to achieve in order to actually qualify as a lawyer."

Shaun remarked: "At the age of 15 you have to go and see a careers teacher and I remember bringing that letter.

"When I showed it to the careers teacher, she said, 'You Wallace a lawyer! At best you're going to end up as a thief and in prison. And at worst you'll end up stacking shelves.'"

Shaun Wallace is a quizmaster on ITV's The ChaseShaun Wallace is a quizmaster on ITV's The Chase (Image: WENN)

He finished: "I mean, she was right about me ending up in

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