[sexy beach3]ITV The Chase: How The Beast has become one of TV’s most unlikely sex symbols

  There's no doubt that The Chase star Mark Labbett is one of the cleverest people on British TV.

  Known on the ITV quiz show as 'The Beast', viewers love to watch him trying to triumph over contestants.

  The 55-year-old first appeared on The Chase when it aired in 2009 and has also gone to on star on Australian and US versions of the show.

  But as well as being known for his brains, some viewers are more attracted to his brawn.

  In recent years, the beast has become somewhat of an unlikely sex symbol and has received several marriage proposals.

  Claire Graham, 49, an avid Chase viewer, told My London: “I just think he has lovely eyes and a great smile. He is so sexy and handsome.

  ”I love to see him on The Chase. He's like a teddy bear.”

  Claire went one step further and put up some pictures of Mark in her house, so that he takes a prominent place in her living room.

  Recently, social media has been awash with comments of The Chase fans gushing over the brain-box.

  Comments included: “The beast? more like sexy beast!”

  Claire wanted to see Mark even when he wasn't on her TV

  Claire wanted to see Mark even when he wasn't on her TV

  (Image: Claire Graham)

  ”I just read an article that says The Beast from the chase is single?! Hello handsome!”

  Mark Labbett recently posted a snap on his Instagram of a new look that has his flustered fanbase calling him “hot, hot, hot.”

  The quiz legend's post showcased a “gangster” vibe, writing in the caption: “New look, Gangster Beast. Top of the world Ma!”

  Fans were whipped up into a frenzy, with one saying the Chaser was “looking mighty fine.”

  Instagram

  Another, presumably imitating a wolf whistle, wrote: “Wit woo”.

  The image shows Mark wearing a white shirt, a black tie, and a black waistcoat. He is clean-shaven and his hair slicked back.

  Others say they just don't understand the frenzy around Mark. One viewer replied to one of Mark's flustered fans saying “I think you need new glasses. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though I guess.”

  Mark announced he was splitting up with his wife Katie, 28, in August last year, after five years of marriage.

  

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  The couple first met in 2010 after hitting it off on Facebook and in a bizarre twist of fate, only discovered that they were actually related after they tied the knot.

  It turned out Mark and Katie’s dads are first cousins, making the former couple second cousins, reports The Daily Star.

  The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV

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