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

David James will be back on screens this week as he appears in 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 takes part in a series of quizzes throughout the week.

David, 51, is perhaps best known for his football career, but since retiring he’s taken a rather different path.

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The House of Games star is an avid artist, and since leaving the field he has taken up painting regularly, auctioning off many 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 TV world, having appeared on game shows such as 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 along with his professional partner Nadiya Bychkova.

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As for 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 on tougher times and it was widely reported that charges incurred during their divorce in 2005 contributed to his bankruptcy nine years later.

After being declared bankrupt in May 2014, David was forced to sell hundreds of football memorabilia he had collected over the years in order to pay off his 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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