Who is Ant Middleton? Escape and Mutiny presenter, SAS Who Dares Wins instructor and ex-Royal Marine

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HE is the military veteran who saw active service with the Royal Marines but these days is best known for his TV work.

Ant Middleton, a former special forces hero, now puts his military background to full use in shows such as SAS Who Dares Wins, Mutiny, and his latest show, Escape.

 Military veteran Ant Middleton who fronts shows SAS Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape

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Military veteran Ant Middleton who fronts shows SAS Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and Escape

Who is Ant Middleton?

Born in Portsmouth in 1981, Ant grew up in rural France but even at a young age, knew he wanted to join the armed forces.

In 1997 at the age of 16, he joined the Royal Engineers before joining the Royal Marines five years later.

Being in the forces took him all over the world from places such as Northern Ireland to Sierra Leone.

 Ant has four kids with wife Emily

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Ant has four kids with wife Emily

He also spent time in 9 Parachute Squadron Royal before passing the selection tests to join the Special Boat Service in 2008.

This means he has served in the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite special forces.

He left the armed services in 2012 and started work as a personal security guard in South Africa protecting VIPs.

Ant got his first taste of TV fame in 2015 when he became the instructor in the Channel Four show, SAS: Who Dares Wins.

 The couple's fourth child was born just after he returned from sea and filming Mutiny

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The couple’s fourth child was born just after he returned from sea and filming Mutiny

Ant has four children with wife Emily, and recently revealed that she was six months pregnant when he left to film Mutiny.

The dark haired hunk is currently looking very ripped indeed – after shedding 21kg at sea.

 Ant is looking super ripped after losing 3st 4lb while filming Mutiny

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Ant is looking super ripped after losing 3st 4lb while filming Mutiny

Has Ant Middleton seen active service while in the armed forces?

Since joining the Royal Engineers in 1997, Ant has been on several tours of duty in conflicts around the world.

The first came in 1999 when he saw active service in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

Two years later he travelled to Macedonia during an insurgency in the country as part of a peace keeping force.

After joining the Royal Marines, he completed government training in Sierra Leone before completing two tours of duty of Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.

 During his military career, Ant saw active service in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan

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During his military career, Ant saw active service in Northern Ireland, Macedonia and Afghanistan

Speaking of his time in Afghanistan, Ant said: “One time I was working as a helicopter sniper and this vehicle was firing at us, so we did what we had to do.

“Flying back, the Chinook was a bit shaky and the pilot told me that four bullets had gone through the window where I’d been sitting and hit the inside of the roof of the helicopter.

“The bullet holes were about three centimetres from the hydraulics.

“A few centimetres to the left and they’d have hit my head.”

What TV shows has Ant Middleton appeared on?

 Ant first appeared on TV in 2015 in the Channel Four SAS Who Dares Wins

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Ant first appeared on TV in 2015 in the Channel Four SAS Who Dares Wins

Ant first appeared on TV in 2015 in the Channel Four series, SAS Who Dares Wins.

It sees Ant and other instructors put contestants through their paces in tests meant to replicate those soldiers must pass to be part of the SAS.

The aim is to recreate special forces training conditions, although the process of getting the job in the elite unit usually takes six months, while this takes only eight days.

Ant has appeared in the last two series appearing as an instructor.

He is also the frontman on fellow Channel Four show Mutiny, which saw him spend around two months at sea while recreating an epic 4,000 mile expedition.

During the programme, he took up the role of Captain William Bligh, who was forced out onto a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in 1789 after a mutiny on his ship HMS Bounty.

The survival programme has been dubbed “the toughest reality show ever”.

 Mutiny is said to be 'the toughest reality show ever'

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Mutiny is said to be ‘the toughest reality show ever’

His latest show, Escape pushes the boundaries of reality TV as contestants have to flee a staged plane crash and complete challenges.

Watch Who Dares Wins on Channel 4 with former soldier Ant Middleton

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