|Born||Derrick Errol Evans
15 November 1952
|Other names||Mr Motivator|
|Occupation||Fitness Guru & Motivational speaker|
|Known for||Mr Motivator exercise routines on GMTV|
|Spouse(s)||Sandra Evans (known as Palmer) 1996–present|
|Children||Carolyne, Ebony, James, Abigail|
Derrick Errol Evans (born 15 November 1952), better known as "Mr. Motivator", is a Jamaican-born British exercise instructor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s through appearances on the UK breakfast television show GMTV, where he dressed in tight, colourful spandex outfits. Responding to the popularity of his segment, he released a number of fitness and workout videos in the 1990s.
He left the show in 2000 but an attempt to launch his own show failed and he disappeared from British screens. He continued to make personal appearances at events in the UK for the following decade. Evans returned to GMTV as Mr Motivator in 2009 for a three-week-long special to promote the public health programme Change4Life.
Early life and career
Evans was born in Manchester, Jamaica on 15 November 1952 and moved to Leicester in the UK in 1961. Evans found fame on the British breakfast television broadcaster GMTV in the early 1990s as Mr. Motivator, promoting health and fitness as a way of life. He performed fitness routines live on-air in highly-coloured outfits, which quickly became his trademark. His appearances on GMTV led to Evans becoming (as Mr Motivator) well-known in the UK.
Evans' popularity on GMTV led to the release of a number of fitness videos including Mr. Motivator's 10 Minute BLTs, Mr. Motivator's 10 Minute Workouts, Body Conditioner: Shot in Barbados, BLT2: Shot in Australia, and Bums Legs & Tums.
After leaving GMTV, Derrick Evans continued to release fitness videos, as well as making personal appearances, compering sales conferences, instructing team building exercises, and motivational talks for companies and organisations. In his personal appearance work, he employs the catchphrases 'Be happy!', 'Get wicked!', 'Everybody say yeah!' and 'everybody say HUH!'.
At the beginning of 2007 Evans made a comeback to TV, advertising with his all new BLT workout. The exercise video focuses on the bums, legs and tums areas, and combines dance steps and original music. The video was shot in Jamaica.
Derrick Evans lives with his wife & youngest daughter in St Ann, Jamaica, dividing his time between Jamaica and the UK. In addition to his media, motivational and fitness work, Evans and his family own and operate H'Evans Scent, an ecotourism resort, and PaintSplat, Jamaica's first paintball operation.
Mr Motivator appeared at the 2010 Bestival on the Isle of Wight as a special guest on the main stage. He performed a fitness routine whilst encouraging the crowd to join in and generally increase the amount of exercise they do and their enjoyment of doing it.
Evans returned to GMTV in 2009 as part of their new keep-fit campaign. This led to Evans meeting the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in promotion of the NHS Change4Life campaign. Evans also soon released his autobiography, which chronicled his story of growing up in Jamaica and rising to stardom on British television.
In 2007 Mr Motivator presented Move It For MS, an exercise DVD for people with multiple sclerosis produced by the MS Trust. He described working with people with MS as "One of the most rewarding experiences of my career. Movement and exercise makes people feel good, valued and puts a smile on everyone's face."
On 12 June 2009 Mr Motivator entertained the crowds at the Manchester Midnight Walk in aid of St Ann's Hospice, performing routines and then starting the walk off at midnight.
In 2012 Mr Motivator made the move to the music scene, with his release of "In Da House" music video. Derrick appears in the video as Mr Motivator getting members of the public in the video to become more active.
- Clements, Jo (5 January 2009). Mr Motivator returns to GMTV in Lycra after nine-year absence... and looks in even better shape. Daily Mail. Retrieved on 25 January 2011.
- "Mr Motivator to return to GMTV". Digital Spy. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008.
- "PM swaps tips with Mr Motivator". bbc.co.uk. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
- "Move it for MS!". Way Ahead 11 (4): 1. October 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- Mr Motivator – Breakthrough Breast Cancer: retrieved 8 October 2012
- MrMotivator.com Derrick Evans official site