Ant Middleton

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Ant Middleton
Anthony Middleton

(1980-09-22) 22 September 1980 (age 39)
ResidenceChelmsford, Essex, England
OccupationTelevision personality, adventurer
Years active2015–present
Spouse(s)Emilie Middleton
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army (1997–2002)
Royal Marines (2005–2012)
Years of service1997–2002
Service number255700
Unit9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers
40 Commando
Special Boat Service
Battles/warsNorthern Ireland
War In Afghanistan

Anthony Middleton (born 22 September 1980) is an English former soldier, adventurer and television presenter. He is best known as the Chief Instructor on the Channel 4 television series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Middleton also appeared as the captain in the adventure/reality-show Mutiny and the survival show Escape. In 2018 he climbed Everest for the TV show Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton.


Military service[edit]

Middleton joined the army in 1997 at the age of 16 where he served in the 9 Parachute Squadron RE and served tours of duty in Northern Ireland in 1999 and North Macedonia in 2001. After leaving the army he later enlisted in the Royal Marines in 2005. He passed out of his commando course in January 2006, winning the King's Badge, and was posted to B Company, 40 Commando. In 2007, he did his first tour in Afghanistan. In 2008 joined the Special Boat Service, serving for four years as a point man and sniper, in this time he completed two further tours in Afghanistan.

Due to the title of the show SAS: Who Dares Wins, it is often erroneously assumed that Middleton served in the Special Air Service.


Middleton is the Chief Instructor on SAS: Who Dares Wins, a reality quasi-military training television programme produced by Channel 4, which was first broadcast in 2015. The show propelled Middleton into celebrity limelight, and since its screening Middleton's popularity has increased significantly, allowing him more TV opportunities.[citation needed] Mutiny, an adventure/reality crossover show, screened on UK television in February 2017, with Middleton starring as boat captain alongside eight volunteering participants.[1] The show was a re-enactment of the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty and Middleton described the experience as, "... mentally speaking, the hardest thing I've ever done." [2]


In 2017, Middleton co-authored his first book, SAS: Who Dares Wins: Leadership Secrets from the Special Forces, with his fellow TV presenters and Special Forces colleagues Jason Fox, Matthew "Ollie" Ollerton and Colin Maclachlan. Middleton's autobiography, First Man In: Leading from the Front, was published in 2018, becoming a Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller. [3] His second book,The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits, was published in 2019, and was also No.1 on The Sunday Times bestseller chart.


In 2018 Middleton climbed Mount Everest.[4]

In November 2019 Middleton was appointed as Chief Cadet in the Royal Navy's Volunteer Cadet Corps. In this role Ant will inspire and mentor their Royal Marines and Royal Naval Cadets, and help to raise the profile of this MOD sponsored cadet force.

Personal life[edit]

Middleton was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and brought up in France.[5] He lives in Chelmsford, Essex and is married to Emilie, with whom he has four children. He also has a son, Oakley, from his previous relationship.[6]

In 2013, as a result of a “nightclub bust-up” in Chelmsford, Essex,[7] Middleton was convicted of the unlawful wounding of one police officer, PC Christopher Brooksbank, and common assault upon a second, PC Katherine Alison. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison, of which he served four months.[7][8]


General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg NATO Medal Macedonia ribbon bar.svg
OSM for Afghanistan w bar.svg Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal
NATO Medal Macedonia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for North Macedonia
OSM for Afghanistan w bar.svg Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
  • With clasp "AFGHANISTAN"
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • UK version of this medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK version of this medal


  1. ^ Ling, Thomas (27 February 2017). "The crew on Mutiny, C4's Bounty documentary, lost almost 4 stone during their voyage". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Meet the men recreating the Mutiny on the Bounty for Channel 4". Radio Times. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ "First Man In: No.1 Sunday Times Best Seller | News". Ant Middleton.
  4. ^ "Ant Middleton: 'My wife called me an idiot when she found out how close I'd come to death on Everest ... to be fair, I agreed with her!'". Belfast Telegraph. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Ant Middleton | Biography". Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Who is Ant Middleton's wife Emilie and how many children do they have together?". The Sun. 4 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b Methven, Nicola (2015-10-21). "TV SAS star was jailed for violent assault on police". mirror. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  8. ^ "Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton is a Rangers fan". The Evening Times. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-16.

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