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Ian Wright, Presenter

IAN WRIGHT

PRESENTER

Ian Wright is a former England international professional footballer who won the Golden Boot and is a current television and radio personality. He has played for Crystal Palace, Arsenal, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Celtic, Burnley and England. He has gained 33 England caps and is one of Arsenal's highest ever goalscorers.

Ian made his TV debut in 1998 with his own chat show 'Friday Night's All Wright'. After retiring from football in 2000 he presented 'Friends Like These' for BBC 1, 'This Is My Moment' for Granada, 'Sing It Your Way' for Carlton and 'An Audience with Lennox Lewis' for LWT. In 2003 he presented 'The National Lottery Wright Ticket' and 'What Kids Really Think' for the BBC. He also became a BBC Sport's regular and football pundit, appearing on live matches for the FA Cup, England internationals and other major tournaments. Nowadays he presents a drive-time show on talkSport four days a week.

Ian was awarded an MBE in 2002 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Caroline Flack, Presenter

CAROLINE FLACK

PRESENTER

Caroline Flack first came to public attention presenting the International Pepsi Chart Show before moving to Channel 4 and starring in Bo’Selecta! playing Michael Jackson’s long-suffering girlfriend Bubbles. In 2005, she went on to present links between videos on E4 Music and The Games: Live At Trackside on E4 alongside Justin Lee Collins. In 2007 Caroline hosted the CBBC coverage of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and more recently hosted a week of Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Caroline is currently co-presenting Live at Indigo2, and the third series of Saturday morning show TMI with Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes.

John Coyle, Referee

JOHN COYLE

REFEREE

John Coyle is one of Britain’s most respected boxing referees. He has refereed over 100 world title fights and was voted the WBA World Referee of the year in 1992.

Coyle has officiated bouts with some of the biggest fighters of recent times including Lennox Lewis, Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Frank Bruno and Naseem Hamed. Coyle also refereed the infamous Mike Tyson/Lou Savarese fight in Glasgow in June 2000 where he was knocked down by Tyson after intervening to stop Tyson punching Savarese after the fight had been called.

Hugh Watkins, Video Referee

HUGH WATKINS

VIDEO REFEREE

Joining John Coyle is Hugh Watkins who takes on the new role of video referee. Hugh is a rugby union referee who has taken charge of numerous Heineken cup, Six Nations and World Cup qualifiers.

Alan Parry, Commentator

ALAN PARRY

COMMENTATOR

Alan is a sports commentator who concentrates on football and athletics. He has commentated for all three main broadcasters of football in the UK - the BBC, ITV and Sky, as well as for both BBC and commercial radio. He is now the commentator for the brand new series of UK Gladiators on Sky One.

Andrew East, Assistant Timekeeper / Trainer

ANDREW EAST

ASSISTANT TIMEKEEPER / TRAINER

Andrew is a decathlete and is the assistant timekeeper during the 2008 Celebrity Special of Gladiators. He is also a trainer of the Gladiators and Contenders.

Mark Allen, Assistant Timekeeper / Trainer

MARK ALLEN

ASSISTANT TIMEKEEPER / TRAINER

Mark is a hammer thrower and decathlete and is the assistant timekeeper during the 2008 Gladiators: Battle Of The Forces . He is also a trainer of the Gladiators and Contenders.

FORMER CAST

Kirsty Gallagher, Presenter

KIRSTY GALLAGHER

PRESENTER

Kirsty graduated from the London College of Fashion and is the daughter of the former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher. She went on to work as an editorial assistant for Sky Sports. Her television presenting career started on Sky Sports News and Soccer AM. She then presented her own show 'Kirsty's Home Videos' and 'TV Meltdown' for Sky One as well as becoming one of the original presenters for Channel 4's 'RI:SE' and co-hosting 'Simply The Best' for ITV.

In 2005 Kirsty competed in Channel 4's 'The Games', in which she won gold, and then returned to co-host the next series in 2006. Kirsty has hosted a number of sports shows including Sky One's 'All Star Cup', co-presenting 'Only Fools On Horses' for Sport Relief on the BBC and various shows on BBC's Five Live. She has co-hosted a celebrity boxing match between Ben Shepherd and Lemar for Sport Relief 2008 and is also a regular presenter on The National Lottery (BBC) and the Ant v Dec feature of 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Take Away' (ITV1) which actually featured a Gladiators special in 2005.

In December 2006, Kirsty and her boyfriend Paul Sampson celebrated the birth of their first child, Oscar.

John Anderson, Referee

JOHN ANDERSON

REFEREE

The man who gets '3, 2, 1' shouted at him wherever he goes began his career as a teacher and he has coached athletes for the Commonwealth Games, European Championships, Olympic Games and World Championships. He was also Director of Training for the Gladiators show.

William Sharman, Timekeeper

WILLIAM SHARMAN

TIMEKEEPER

William is the timekeeper for the new series of Gladiators. He is an athlete who has moved away from the decathlon to now focus on the 110m hurdles. His coach is actually none other than John Anderson! Away from sport William is a classically-trained concert pianist and brass band player and was once in the BBC youth band of the year and used to be an air cadet.

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