heptathlete who competed at three Olympic Games.It’s been 25 years since gladiators started filling our Saturday nights with lycra wrapped muscles. While the show lasted for eight years, (and had a small reboot in 2008) Many of the original gladiators seemed to vanish after the show ended. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to your fave gladiator, this article is for you.
Diane Youdale – Jet
Jet left the show after injuring her back in an unaired episode at the end of series four. She went to to train as a s a psychotherapist and pilates instructor. She’s been back on TV with Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, and had also appeared on The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s, Mel & Sue and It’s Not Me, It’s You.
Warren Furman – Ace
Ace was part of the show for for series, and was also known as the first fiance of Katie Price. He’s know known for being a devout Christian. His ex-costar James Crossley said in an interview that finding God may have saved Warren’s life. “Ace is now a Christian, he’s turned to God. He had some quite horrific things happen in his life, really horrific, so it was either that or probably he wouldn’t be around now.”
James Crossley – Hunter
The youngest Gladiator on the show, Hunter joined at just 19. He was heavily rumored to be dating the show’s host Ulrika Jonsson, but both denied it until she admitted it in her autobiography which came out in 2003. Crossley spent some time acting before becoming a personal trainer. He now also runs Chelsea Fitness, his own consultancy business.
Mike Lewis – Saracen
Saracen featured in all eight series of the show. After it ended he went on to work for the fire brigade. He’s been on a few daytime TV shows, including This Morning. He’s also still very much in shape and recently challenged the Ninja Warrior course.
Mark Smith – Rhino
Mark Smith was on the show for four seasons, and gained enough of a following to get parts on some Hollywood productions. He’s had parts in multiple films including Batman Begins and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He also lent his voice to Officer McHorn in the recent Disney film Zootopia.
Kim Betts – Lightning
A former gymnast when she starred on Gladiators, Kim Betts was one of the most popular athletes. She now works as a successful businesswomen, and runs a range of companies including a beauty parlour and fishery. She’s also been working in property development for 15 years, and currently lives on a farm with her husband and children.
Helen O-Reilly – Panther
She left the show after suffering from a serious neck and back injury after she fell head first during the Tilt event. After the show she continued to work in fitness, and set up Panther’s Gym in Uxbridge with her husband.
Judy Simpson – Nightshade
Before joining the show she was a heptathlete who competed at three Olympic Games. She is now a sporting ambassador and an honorary president of the Women’s Sports Federation.
Mike Van Wijk – Wolf
Still extremely ripped, despite his age he is a regular contender on the New Zealand cage fighting scene. He came back for the reboot and was cheered for so long it began to hold up filming.
Sharron Davies – Amazon
Most well known as a Team GB swimmer and gold medal-winner, Davies has worked as a TV presenter since she retired from competitive sports. She’s hosted The Big Breakfast, Superstars and has provided commentary for the Olympics. She isn’t retired from all competiion though, as she’s gone up against other celebraties on Dancing On Ice and the Island with Bear Grylls.
Du’aine Ladejo – Predator
Best known for winning the 400 metres sprint at the 1994 European Championships, Lajedo has also competed on BBC sports show Superstars, where he won the crown in 2004. While he isn’t a regular TV star, he is the creator of telly show Australia’s Greatest Athlete and the brand Trademark Greatest Athlete.
Kate Staples – Zodiac
Before joining the show Staples was a pole vaulter. After leaving the show following a serious fall she now runs adventure boot camps with ex-GB athlete Daley Thompson.
Micheal Wilson – Cobra
A former boxer, Wilson currently lives in the West Midlands, and has taken up watercolours. He also spends his time visiting schools across the country to promote fitness.
John Anderson – The Ref
Many gladiators fans will never forget the words: “Contenders, you will go on my first whistle. Gladiators, you will go on my second whistle. 3… 2… 1…”
John Anderson was well known in the sporting world as a coach, and has coached an athlete at every Olympic games from 1964 to 2000. He has since retired, but still goes to the gym three times a week.