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I was called an icon when I appeared on Beat The Chasers last year – but I didn’t spend my £ 9,000 in earnings on my fiancé’s divorce after all, writes Sarah-Jane Seymour, celebrating civil funerals.

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I was called an icon, legend and queen when I went on Beat The Chasers last year – all because I had promised to buy my boyfriend divorce if I won.

Sure enough, I walked away with £ 9,000 and me and my police husband Andy McDonald just got married.

When I first showed up for my audition, everyone else in the game was talking about what they would spend their money on. Everyone came with the usual – “I want a new car”, “we’re putting in a new kitchen”, “we’re getting married” – so I knew I had to stand out if I had to take my chances in front of the cameras – j have always been a bit of a show off!

Andy and I had joked that I would put my earnings into his divorce because it’s a costly affair – even his ex thought it was funny – so I let him slip. The producers’ reaction was instantaneous, they thought it was really funny. They asked me to repeat it, and I’m pretty sure I earned my spot on the show as a result.








Sarah-Jane rocked audiences when she announced she would buy her boyfriend’s divorce on last year’s Beat The Chasers
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Actual filming for the series took place over eight days in January 2020, and Bradley Walsh had to wear the same clothes every day to ensure continuity. Strangely, I never met any of the people who were in my episode – all of our shoots were edited together. Bradley was lovely and I had a great time; now i want to take some more quizzes because of the experience.

But don’t tell Bradley … I never used the £ 9,000 to pay for Andy’s divorce! As soon as it was finalized we booked our wedding and got married on Saturday 18th September in front of 60 guests at the Ampthill Courthouse in Bedfordshire.








Sarah-Jane and her fiance Andy McDonald got married with her earnings
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Andy was in a full kilt because he’s Scottish, and I was wearing an ivory floor-length dress. Due to his police background, we had a vintage 1950s police car to take us to the reception, and our guests boarded an old Routemaster bus. Her two teenage sons, Luke and Ben, served as witnesses, while my daughters Lauren and Lucy were on my bridesmaids team.

It was absolutely awesome – and Beat The Chasers helped pay for a lot of the extra touches we wouldn’t have otherwise had. One of our first dates was at a local music festival in Bracknell, near where I live, and we saw this band called Groove Republic.








Sarah-Jane says her wedding was absolutely magical
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Andy’s teenage sons Luke and Ben acted like the best men
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We joked from the start that if we ever got married, we would have them at our wedding. When we got engaged, I reached out to them and asked if they were having weddings – they did! They even said they would be heading to where we were going to get married, so we played our reception for them. It was absolutely magical.

So most of the money was spent on our wedding, which is ironically what most of my co-auditioners were saying. I don’t regret anything though.








Sarah-Jane’s daughters Lauren and Lucy’s were part of her bridesmaids team
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In my wedding speech, I said that I never believed in love at first sight until I met Andy in Plenty Of Fish six and a half years ago. We both had pretty dire dates and we were both on the verge of exiting the app entirely when we were matched.

He’s my beautiful silver fox and I can’t wait to send the rest of my life with him – thank you Bradley Walsh and the Chasers for harnessing us!

* Sarah-Jane Seymour is a civil funeral celebrant at Above the rainbow


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