Mark Wright became the latest TV star to try his hand at football over the weekend, making a short cameo for Crawley Town in the League Two side's 3-0 FA Cup win over Leeds.
Wright's signing has been labelled a publicity stunt by some, given that the reality TV star made his name on ITV2 show The Only Way Is Essex.
The 33-year-old is finally living his dream of playing professional football.
But which other TV stars have also dabbled in the sport and flirted with playing football full-time during their careers?
Daily Star sport takes a look at some famous names who tried to make it on the pitch, as well as on the stage and screen.
Wright joined Crawley on a non-contract basis in December, training with Yews' staff since then.
His last appearance came with Isthmian League North Division side Heybridge Swifts in 2011, having started his professional career with Southend United.
But he moved into nightclub promotion soon into his stint with the Shrimpers, getting the gig with TOWIE in 2010.
Leaving the series in 2011, he regularly presents shows for ITV such as This Morning.
But the 33-year-old has been on the football pitch for Soccer Aid, taking part in the 2016 match – which saw him score a free kick for England in a 3-2 win over the World XI – as well as the 2018 and 2019 games.
Wright came on for Tom Dallinson in stoppage time during the 3-0 win.
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Actor Ralf Little, known for his role in BBC comedy Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, briefly harboured dreams of playing professional football.
"It's not so much a trial, but I've got the chance to train for five days with Swindon and play for the reserves, he said back in 2002 – when he hoped the Football League side would sign him up.
However, Little ended up appearing for non-league sides Staines Town, Maidstone United, Edgware Town, Chertsey Town and Stone Dominoes between 2002 and 2008.
Little also made three appearances for the nation of Sealand between 2012 and 2013.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson is known all over the world from his boyband days.
However, back in 2013 the singer was signed for his beloved Doncaster Rovers, to be used as a reserve player.
Tomlinson said of the move: "It's unbelievable really. I have been a massive football fan for a long time and growing up in Doncaster, I've been to plenty of games at the Keepmoat. To be part of the club is incredible."
His debut for Doncaster's reserve side in the Central League came as a 65th-minute substitute in a 0–0 game against Rotherham United on 26 February 2014.
Tomlinson also tried to buy Doncaster back in 2014 but the takeover subsequently fell through.
Olly Murs is another TV star who has continued to play football even after reaching fame on the X Factor.
Murs played semi-professionally for Isthmian Division One North side Witham Town between 2006 and 2008.
But these days he is the player and co-owner of non-league side Coggeshall Town FC
The club won the Thurlow Nunn Premier title to gain promotion to the Bostik Division One North, which is the eighth tier of the English football pyramid, back in 2018.
Funnyman Bradley Walsh is mostly known for his exploits on ITV's The Chase these days.
But the actor was a professional footballer at Brentford in the late 1970s for two years before changing his career.
Walsh never made the first team squad, due to injuries which eventually ended his career.
Before that he played for Barnet youth and then for a team in the Hertfordshire County League, before a Brentford talent scout spotted Bradley and signed him.
Mike Thalassitis actually enjoyed a football career before his stint on ITV2 show Love Island.
The villa hunk played for Stevenage as youngster, enjoying six loan stints away from the club.
In 2017, Thalassitis jetted off to Spain to take part in Love Island without informing his then-current team Margate.
The striker also made seven appearances for Cyprus' youth teams.
In March 2019, Thalassitis was found dead at the age of 26 at a park in North London having committed suicide.
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