Richard Osman’s House of Games: David James’ life from bankruptcy to unusual second career – Birmingham Live

Posted: February 15, 2022 at 6:10 am

David James will be back on screens this week as he appears on Richard Osman's House of Games.

The former England goalkeeper will appear alongside Olympic champion Denise Lewis and comedians Isy Suttie and Rhys James as he competes in a series of trivia-based games across the week.

David, 51, might be best known for his footballing career, but since retiring from the sport he's gone down a rather different path.

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The House of Games star is a keen artist, and since leaving the pitch he has taken to painting regularly, auctioning off several of his creations for charity.

He also put his artistic talents to good use by illustrating his friend Steve Pearson's popular children's book, Harry's Magic Pockets: The Circus, in 2008.

David is also no stranger to the world of television, having appeared on game shows including Celebrity Mastermind and Pointless Celebrities in recent months.

He also appeared in the seventeenth series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, becoming the fourth celebrity to be eliminated with professional partner Nadiya Bychkova.

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In terms of his personal life, David was previously married to Tanya James, with the couple welcoming four children together.

Following their split, the former Liverpool goalkeeper fell upon harder times, and it was widely reported that the costs incurred in their 2005 divorce contributed to his bankruptcy nine years later.

After being declared bankrupt in May 2014, David was forced to sell off hundreds of items of football memorabilia he collected over the years in order to pay off the debts, including 150 signed shirts, shorts and match balls.

Richard Osman's House of Games airs weekdays at 6pm on BBC2 and BBC iPlayer

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