Fans of ITV's The Chase will probably know that the show's Shaun Wallace worked as a barrister before finding telly fame.
What they may not realise however is that he continues to practise law, juggling his work as a criminal defence lawyer with his role on the popular quiz show.
And that was the case this week – well, sort of – when the 61-year-old took part in a mock trail at a girls' school in south-east London.
Looking virtually unrecognisable in his legal wig and gown, the star was joined by two other full-time barristers – Mark Robinson from Great James Street Chambers and Sahara Fergus-Simms from Furnival Chambers – to give pupils an up close and personal look at how the justice system works.
All of the others in the 'courtroom', namely the jury, witnesses, plaintiff, defendant, usher – along with those on the press bench and in the gallery – were played by students and teachers at Langley Park School For Girls.
The session was aimed at inspiring those interested in a career in the legal profession to explore and develop the key skills required in that field.
Wallace himself first became interested in law after watching TV court procedural dramas such as Rumpole Of The Bailey.
Bu he suffered a rare blip in his career in 2013 when he failed to properly advise a knifeman in a 'vigilante' case.
Wallace faced the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service and was handed a £2,500 fine after admitting to allegations that he failed to ensure his client Jamie McCarthy understood the charge to which he was pleading guilty.
Meanwhile McCarthy, from Borehamwood, Herts, was jailed for nine years after he admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.
He went on to launch a High Court appeal in July 2015, alleging his case was "incompetently prepared by his trial representatives."
McCarthy's sentence was reduced to a total of six years after the wounding with intent charge was reduced to a lesser offence.
The tribunal heard Wallace accepted that holding pre-trial conferences with McCarthy without a solicitor being present or notified constituted professional misconduct.
The Chase star admitted four counts of failing to act conscientiously, diligently and with reasonable competence.
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