Gladiators original 90s stars unrecognisable as they are pictured ahead of reboot
Iconic Gladiators stars from the 90s TV show have been spotted going about their daily lives after a new 11-episode revival series was announced by the BBC this week
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This Morning welcome Gladiators stars
Stars of the original Gladiators are unrecognisable after appearing on TV in the 90s.
The telly icons have been snapped going about their daily lives after a brand-new 11-episode comeback series was announced by the BBC.
The much-loved Saturday night staple will be back on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023.
Filming will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield in 2023 and the Beeb say further information about the series, including broadcast details will be announced, in due course.
Referee John Anderson, presenter Ulrika Jonsson, James Crossley, Helen O’Reilly and Michael Wilson have all been pictured following the news.
John Anderson – Referee
John was snapped walking his dog
He was the original Gladiators referee
Now 90-years-old, Anderson appeared to have swapped contender Wolf for a friendlier furry pal as he enjoyed a stroll in Leicestershire with his dog.
He was renowned for keeping the Gladiators in check in a no-nonsense fashion and uttered the words “Contender Ready… Gladiator Ready” at the start of every game.
When the Gladiators reunited on This Morning on ITV in 2017, viewers said Anderson had barely aged a day.
They Tweeted at the time: “John Anderson doesn’t look a day older haha!”
Ulrika Jonsson – Host
Ulrika was spotted shopping in Oxfordshire
She recently celebrated her 55th birthday
Ulrika, who presented every series of the show on ITV was spotted shopping in Oxfordshire.
The host recently shared a string of selfies to celebrate her 55th birthday and in one she was topless.
The mum-of-four posted the smoking snap on Instagram in which she lies in bed looking longingly at the camera.
In another shot the presenter sticks her middle finger up while in a third she holds up some freshly baked bread grinning from ear-to- ear. Captioning the snaps, Ulrika wrote: HBD to me!!! Newest member of Club 55.
“I’m smart. I’m funny – peculiar AND haha. I’m kind. I’m generous. I’m lively and opinionated. I’m stronger than you could ever imagine. I’m also soft af. I’m impatient. I’m filthy. I’m perceptive and know you better than you know yourself.”
James Crossley – Hunter
James was seen out for a walk in south west London
He famously had a fling with Ulrika
James, who played Hunter on Gladiators and famously had a fling with Ulrika, was seen out for a walk in south west London.
He first found fame many years ago on the popular TV show and since went on the appear on the third series of The Circle.
He raised eyebrows last year when he went into the show, where you can chose to lie about your identity, impersonating an NHS nurse named Gemma.
Asked if he was worried about any backlash he might get about his chosen persona not being real, James, at the time, said: “I don’t think so because that’s the name of the game, isn’t it? It’s not like people are walking in blindfolded.
“They all know that there’s catfish in there, it’s transparent so I don’t really see why somebody would kick off. But it’s hard to know because I’ve never been in this bubble-like situation to see and understand how connected you get to people.
“I also feel that I’m using the nurse aspect of my catfish for the right reasons. The NHS have patched me up countless times over the years. They are absolute heroes and that has been highlighted hugely through this pandemic. I want to win for them.”
Helen O’Reilly – Panther
Helen O’Reilly was spotted carrying bottles of water
A gym was named after her Gladiators character Panther
Meanwhile, Helen was spotted carrying bottles of water into her West London gym which is named after her Gladiators character Panther.
She joined Gladiators from the beginning in 1992 and is one of Britain’s top women bodybuilders.
She has reigned as Miss Central Britain, Miss Europe, Miss North Britain, Miss England, Miss World, Miss Great Britain, Miss Russia and Miss Universe.
Helen now runs Panthers Gym in Uxbridge full-time after leaving the fifth series of Gladiators in 1996.
Michael Wilson – Cobra
Cobra was spotted on the Kent coast walking his pet pooch
The athlete was part of the original Gladiators
Michael, also known as Cobra, was spotted on the Kent coast walking his pet pooch – still wearing all blue like his Gladiators costume.
The athlete, who was part of the original Gladiators line-up when it started in 1992, revealed in 2019 that he was often ‘bleeding drunk’ while battling contestants.
But while he was super fit and had rippling muscles, Cobra says he’d often struggle to chase contestants up the infamous 32ft-high wall because he was so drunk.
The 55-year-old told The Guardian: “I remember looking at The Wall and thinking, ‘I’ve got to chase this guy up it and I’m bleeding drunk’.” Cobra says some of his fellow stars took it very seriously though.
He added: “Hunter, the swot, would be up there early in the morning, practising on the Wall. That’s why he used to catch everyone.”
Cobra says when bosses found out about his boozing they wanted to ask him, but the production crew stood up for him and he kept his job until 2000.
Speaking of the brand-new series of Gladiators, Kate Phillips, director of unscripted at the BBC, said: “Gladiators is back and a whole new generation of viewers can now look forward to watching a Saturday night spectacle like no other.
“Will the contenders have the will and the skill to succeed against our mighty new Gladiators? You’ll have to tune in to find out!”
Gladiators is coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023
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