Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock retired from football nearly 20 years ago – but he is still a hugely popular figure in the sport.
A steadfast centre-back during his playing days, Ruddock built a successful career on the box and returned to MasterChef this December.
He married Leah Newman, girlfriend of nine years, in 2013, who had previously spent 16 years with Sarah Ruddock.
Who is Neil Ruddock’s wife Leah Newman?
Leah Newman is a 40 year old model and TV personality.
Newman and Ruddock – who is 53 – married in September 2013 and have had two daughters in the seven years together – Pebbles and Kizzie.
His marriage is Ruddock’s second, married to Sarah Ruddock between 1989 and 2005, at which time he also had two children.
Away from modeling and TV shows, Newman is also quite active on social media with her accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
The couple married in a lavish ceremony at a private country house in Kent.
What other TV shows have they been on?
Despite making a name for themselves as no-nonsense Premier League stars, Ruddock and his second wife Leah are no strangers to the TV industry.
In 2004, she was I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Appeared in the third series of! and later recorded a charity solo version of ‘Jungle Rock’ with fellow contestants Peter Andre, Mike Reid and Lord Brockett – performing as the Jungle Boys.
Two years later he led the TV program Razor Ruddock’s Near and Move soccer school, in which children were released by academies coached by the former Tottenham star.
That same year he helped produce Football Saved My Life, a reality sports TV show that attempted to change the lives of 15 people through his involvement with football.
In 2011, he appeared in James May’s Man Lab, coaching May on how to score penalty kicks in front of 20,000 Germans in a large stadium – which the presenter missed.
In 2013, Ruddock appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, making it to the finals where he finished fifth.
A year later Ruddock and Newman appeared in an episode of Can’t Pay? We’ll take it away! where he was sought by High Court enforcement agents to collect an unpaid bill for a £3,000 dog kennel. During the encounter, Ruddock’s wife used abusive language while throwing water at the bailiffs.
In 2019, Ruddock appeared on the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef, where he reached the final three. Later that year he appeared in Harry’s Heroes.
This year the show returned for a second season titled Harry’s Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh, which featured Ruddock in a blazing row with Paul Merson over his drinking.
A tearful Merson and emotional Ruddock ensued, with the ex-keeper thanking his friend for taking care of calling him out.
Ruddock was seen shopping after she was revealed to have been fitted with a pacemaker after Merson’s intervention sought treatment.