Judy Simpson

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Judy Simpson
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Born14 November 1960

Judith Earline Veronica Simpson (née Livermore; born 14 November 1960) is a former British heptathlete who competed at three Olympic Games. She went on to appear as Nightshade in the TV show Gladiators between 1993 and 1996.


Simpson was born in Jamaica. She competed in three Commonwealth Games, 1982, 1986 and 1990, winning a silver, gold and bronze respectively in the heptathlon. She also competed in the pentathlon at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and in the heptathlon and high jump at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She was also the Three A's heptathlon champion in 1982 and 1983. In 1986 Simpson won a bronze medal in the heptathlon at the European Championships in Stuttgart with a personal best points total of 6623.

Between 1993 and 1996 Simpson featured in the UK TV show Gladiators as "Nightshade". After appearing in an Ashes competition with Australian Gladiators she became ill. She appeared for a few episodes of the 1996 series but was later forced to pull out.

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In 1999 Simpson's daughter, Joan Mary, died of meningitis, following a nationwide outbreak of the disease.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Great Britain /  England
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 13th pentathlon 4304
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 7th heptathlon 6287
Commonwealth Games Brisbane, Australia 5th 100 m hurdles 13.25
2nd heptathlon 6214
1983 World Student Games (Universiade) Edmonton, Canada 3rd heptathlon 6184
World Championships Helsinki, Finland heptathlon DNF
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 19th (q) high jump 1.84 m
5th heptathlon 6280
1985 World Student Games (Universiade) Kobe, Japan 3rd heptathlon 6046
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 1st heptathlon 6282
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 3rd heptathlon 6623
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea heptathlon DNF
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 3rd heptathlon 6085


  1. ^ "Brain disease claims Gladiator's baby". BBC News. 7 January 1999. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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