Derrick Evans

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Derrick Evans
Born Derrick Errol Evans
(1952-11-15) 15 November 1952 (age 62)
Manchester, Jamaica
Other names Mr Motivator
Occupation Fitness Guru & Motivational speaker
Known for Mr Motivator exercise routines on GMTV
Television GMTV
Spouse(s) Sandra Evans (known as Palmer) 1996–present
Children Carolyne, Ebony, James, Abigail
Parents Adopted

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 before Power Rangers, 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.

Evans left the show in 2000 but an attempt to launch his own show failed and he disappeared from British screens. Evans 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.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

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 programme 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.[1]

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, 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 early 2007, Evans made a comeback to TV, advertising his all new BLT workout. The exercise video focused on the bums, legs and tums areas, and combined dance steps and original music.

Recent career[edit]

Evans lives with his wife and 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 while 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.[2][3]

Charity work[edit]

In 2007, Evans 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."[4]

In 2009, Evans started supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer joining the Breakthrough Running Club as a celebrity expert, helping motivate runners of all standards.[5]

On 12 June 2009, Evans 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 June 2014, the BBC announced that Evans would compete on a new Saturday gymnastics competition programme Tumble.[6] On 25 July, it was announced that he had withdrawn from the programme after dislocating his knee, necessitating surgery,[7] and would be replaced by actor Peter Duncan.

Music career[edit]

In 2012, Evans made the move to the music scene, with his release of "In Da House" music video. Evans appears in the video as Mr Motivator getting members of the public to become more active.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ "Mr Motivator to return to GMTV". Digital Spy. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "PM swaps tips with Mr Motivator". bbc.co.uk. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Move it for MS!". Way Ahead 11 (4): 1. October 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2009. 
  5. ^ Mr Motivator – Breakthrough Breast Cancer: retrieved 8 October 2012
  6. ^ BBC announce line up for Tumble: retrieved 23 July 2014
  7. ^ "Mr Motivator leaves BBC's Tumble after suffering knee injury". Independent. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 

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