Dion Dublin appears on Celebrity MasterChef tonight (August 23) and the ex-footie star has had a great career since retiring from the game.
But how did 52-year-old Dion become famous and is he really a property developer?
Dion has had an illustrious football career (Credit: BBC)
How did celebrity master chef star Dion Dublin get famous?
Dion was born in Leicester and began his football career with Cambridge United in the late 1980s.
A striker, 6ft 2in Dion, soon caught the attention of the bigger clubs and secured a dream move to Manchester United in 1992.
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However, a broken leg in the same year ruined his career at United – they had signed replacements and he could not return to the team.
But better things were just around the corner.
He signed for Coventry City and became one of the premier league’s top strikers and was called up for England, where he won four internationals.
He also played for Aston Villa, Leicester City, Celtic and Norwich.
How did Dion Dublin break his neck?
Dion was playing for Aston Villa at the time of his life-threatening accident in 1999.
He was just 29 years old at the time and was only a few millimeters away from being paralyzed and ending up in a wheelchair for a lifetime.
Dion has since said, “When I was 29, I broke my neck while playing a game. The support I had from those around me at the time was incredible.
“Mr. Jackowski [his surgeon] said to me, ‘Dion, you broke your neck. I’m just going home for something to eat and I’ll come back and fix you. ‘
“He was so confident. I thought he was smug, but now I know he’s a great person.
“He told me I would be playing again in three and a half months. I was back on the pitch almost to the day. “
Dion now has a permanent titanium plate that holds three cervical vertebrae together.
Dion became an expert after hanging up his boots (Credit: BBC)
After his playing career on television …
After football, Dion became an expert on the BBC and Sky.
In 2015 he received a grant from the BBC Diversity Creative Talent Fund to train promising future television presenters.
This paid off immediately, and later that year he was announced as the new host on Homes Under The Hammer.
Is Dion Dublin a property developer?
Dion became a hit at the daytime real estate fair despite not being a property developer.
It was such a hit with the audience, the fans even noticed a catchphrase: “Stairs go to the bedroom …”
One fan even put together a video of the star – which went viral – and uttered his now inevitable catchphrase.
How Dion became a sex symbol
Back in June of this year, Dion was voted one of the nation’s most embarrassing celebrity crush by the British.
The guilty pleasure list included pointless star Richard Osman, Nick Knowles, and Jeremy Vine.
Dion ended up in the top 5 … not bad!
Dion is a hit with the ladies (Credit: BBC)
What did Dion invent?
An avid musician, Dion was known to play the saxophone during his playing days.
Speaking to the Coventry Evening Telegraph in 2010, he said, “I’ve always enjoyed making music.
“Especially playing the saxophone. While my teammates played golf to relax, I played my saxophone.
He then has his own musical instrument, The Dube.
“I started designing The Dube in the evenings after playing soccer and then it became a full-time hobby when I retired,” he said.
It is described as “a stylish cube percussion instrument that comes in four sizes and is fully customizable in color schemes and tones.
“It’s great for musicians, in schools, even for DJ sets, the list is endless.”
Is Dion married?
Dion likes to keep his personal life private, but we know he’s married to Cheryl.
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However, Dion is active on social media, especially Instagram, and regularly posts snapshots of his family.
The youngest was from early August when Dion, Cheryl, and adorable little daughter Ruby were enjoying a meal in Portugal.
Celebrity MasterChef will air on BBC One tonight (August 23) at 9pm.
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