Rylan Clark’s real name revealed – and how he picked new one from a baby book ahead of Katie Price reality show debut

Rylan Clark’s real name revealed – and how he picked new one from a baby book ahead of Katie Price reality show debut

SHOWBIZ watchers all know the name Rylan Clark-Neal – though his real name is a little less renowned.

The 32-year-old star is really called Ross Richard, with his mum the only one you are likely to hear use the name.

Linda let it slip during an appearance on Celebrity Gogglebox last year when she told him: "Ross will you stop it."

Rylan was born Ross in London's East End back in 1988 but initially went by the equally unique name Kielan in his early modelling days.

He settled on Rylan after visiting a branch of WH Smith and rifling through the 'R' section of a book of baby names.

It was the name we knew him by when he appeared on the reality show Signed By Katie Price, where members of the public competed to be signed by the reality star's management company.

He appeared alongside Ex On The Beach's Jemma Henley and I'm A Celeb star Amy Willerton in the show's second episode in 2011.

Rylan came runner-up to Amy, 29, before auditioning for The X Factor the following year where he made the quarter-finals.

Next, Celebrity Big Brother beckoned, memorably breaking down in tears after being announced as the winner.

That helped him bag a hosting role on the show's Big Brother's Bit On The Side spin-off show.

A string of hosting gigs, including presenting spots, followed and now the star is hard to avoid in the TV schedules.

He hosts Supermarket Sweep, Strictly spin-off It Takes Two, Eurovision, Ready Steady Cook and, alongside his mum, Celebrity Gogglebox.


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