Celebs who were on BGT before fame – McFly, soap stars and X Factor winner

Many of Britain's Got Talent's alumni tend to pursue a career in their chosen field after their stint on Simon Cowell's show, but for some contestants they managed to find fame in other ways.

Recognisable faces from the nation's favourite television shows such as TOWIE, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Ex On The Beach have all been graced with some of BGT's biggest talents.

From singing stardom to acting accolades, household names such as dancer-turned-radio host Perri Kiely or singer-turned-reality legend Megan McKenna all began their humble beginnings on the UK's biggest talent competition, which is set to return to our screens this month.

Megan McKenna

Fresh faced Megan auditioned with her friend Demi as one half of Harmony back in 2009.

The girls sang What Is This Feeling from the musical Wicked and despite the fact that Simon Cowell said he “hated” the song and “wasn’t keen on their outfits,” they received three votes.

The girls went on to make their way through to the semi-finals of the third series and Megan eventually found fame on reality television after her talent show stint.

She turned her head towards reality television and appeared on Ex On The Beach in 2015, Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, joined TOWIE later that year and won The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019, which saw her land a record deal with Syco.

Izzy Judd

The talented musician first met her future husband when she supported McFly with her band Escala on their tour back in 2005, but her big break came when the string quartet decided to audition for the second series of BGT.

Izzy and Harry eventually became engaged in 2012 and the pair have three children together.

She is now a best selling author and podcast host who regularly raises awareness on the issue of infertility, conception and IVF treatment.

Charlie Wernham

13-year-old Charlie was brimming with confidence when he burst onto our screens in 2008.

His comedy routine won over judges and audiences alike and saw him reach the semi-final, but since then he’s taken a slightly different route.

No longer the cheeky chappy that caught the hearts of the nation, Charlie now stars as Hollyoaks’ resident bad boy Robbie Roscoe.

He made his first appearance in 2013 and has been involved in some of the show’s major storylines, including pushing his twin brother off a cliff, an affair with his brother's wife and an obsession with his teacher.

Perri Kiely

Everyone knew him as Diversity’s pocket rocket when they won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

His iconic hair and gravity-defying dance moves made him instantly recognisable and the group achieved massive fame after their deserved win.

More recently, Perri has been involved in multiple shows including Splash!, Got To Dance and Dancing On Ice, in which he placed second back in 2020.

He currently enjoys presenting KISS Radio’s breakfast show with his Diversity pal Jordan Banjo.

Shaheen Jafargholi

Since his performance of Who's Lovin' You, Shaheen was invited to sing at pop star Michael Jackson’s funeral and portrayed a young Michael as part of Thriller – Live, but has since decided to pursue an acting career.

The Welsh-born singer landed his breakout role as Shakil Kazemi in the BBC soap EastEnders back in 2016 and he joined Casualty as Marty Kirkby in 2018, the year he was axed from EastEnders after he was stabbed and killed.

Britain's Got Talent continues Sunday, April 17 at 7.35pm on ITV

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