The Chase star Mark Labbett signs up for Celebs Go Dating following split from wife Katie

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The Chase star Mark Labbett has signed up for Celebs Go Dating following his split from wife Katie, The Sun has reported.

The TV star goes by the name of 'The Beast' on ITV gameshow The Chase, and he’ll join a number of other famous faces who have also signed up to find love.

An inside source has told of how the 55 year old quizzer is looking forward to getting started on his dating adventure.

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They told The Sun: “Mark has been very open about the fact he’s not especially romantic.

“Flirting doesn’t come easily to him but he’s open to finding love again.

“He’s a big lovable giant with a heart of gold but his dating adventures will be something to behold.”

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Mark and his ex-wife Katie, 28, tried to have an open marriage but it didn’t work and the pair ended up splitting.

They first met on Facebook back in 2010 and got together two years later before tying the knot 12 months after at Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex.

Katie and Mark, who are parents to a three year old son, confirmed the news in summer, with Mark telling The Sun: "There was never any deceit on Katie’s part.

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“But it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.”

Mark’s Celebs Go Dating sign up comes after the star received backlash after refusing second lockdown.

The 55 year old sparked a flurry of opposition to a tweet he sent with the hashtag #SayNoToLockdown.

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This was in response to Health Secretary Matt Hancock warning that a second lockdown is a possibility.

The TV personality saw his tweet spark political debate when he shared his view on not wanting Britain to lockdown again.

The quiz expert, who has lost a lot of weight in recent months, eventually had to block some of his 131.2K follower base as many questioned the star’s intelligence.

The star took to Twitter to vent, writing: "Blocking a lot of people this afternoon.

"Politics is all about discussion/argument but questioning my intelligence is pretty counterproductive #SayNoToLockdown."

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