Please excuse the rather *ahem* revealing header photo on this one.
Cobra, played by Michael Wilson took the room by storm when he appeared in the original Gladiators series. He had a background in boxing, kick-boxing, martial arts and bodybuilding he was exceptionally well-equipped for the show.
Wilson was initially a contestant on the show, but was promoted to Gladiator when the producers realised they needed two more Gladiators for the series – just hours before the first recording took place.
Michael Wilson now works as a motivational speaker in schools and youth clubs, spreading good vibes and telling people they ‘can do it’. Great work!
Jefferson King performed as Shadow from 1992 until around 1994, when he was axed over a Steroid scandal.
Shadow was a superb performer and practically walked his way through the show, effortlessly. It all changed when he was axed after series 3 due to steroid usage. King’s life and career took a dive, with his marriage breaking down after a mistress exposed him to the press.
King appeared in the Spice Girls movie before succumbing to drug abuse once more and finding himself in jail – multiple times.
Most recently King, now in his mid-fifties, has rebuilt his life and now works at a drug rehabilitation clinic.