Biography


Overview

Ant Middleton is best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS : Who Dares Wins. After four hugely successful series' and a Stand Up to Cancer Celebrity Special, a fifth series has already been filmed for Channel 4.

Using skills honed from his experience in the British Special Forces, Ant leads and completes extreme adventures often documented for TV programmes. In 2017, Ant captained a team of men in Channel 4's re-enactment of Captain William Bligh's journey after the infamous 'Mutiny on the Bounty’. Together they navigated over 4000 miles in some of the world's most unforgiving seas, challenged by hunger and the confined space of a simple wooden boat.

In Channel 4’s ‘Escape’, Ant led teams of engineers as they attempted to build vehicles from materials found at crash sites, in order to escape harsh and remote environments such as Jungles, Glaciers and Deserts.

In 2018, Ant filmed the documentary ’Extreme Everest’ for Channel 4. It followed him as he attempted to climb Mount Everest for the first time – and became caught up in extreme weather conditions near the summit, an adventure which tested him further than ever before.

Ant has released two books based on his life experiences and positive mental attitude. In 2018 his book 'First Man In: Leading From The Front'  was published by HarperNonFiction and reached No. 1 on The Sunday Times Best Seller List. In 2019, he built on this success with the release of ‘The Fear Bubble’, which also quickly became a No. 1 Best Seller.

Since 2017, Ant has regularly toured sold out venues in the UK with his live ‘Mind Over Muscle’ show. On stage he shares personal stories from his extreme adventures and TV shows, and explains his Zero Negativity and ‘Fear Bubble’ approach to harnessing fear and living without limits. He also now runs ‘Mind Over Muscle Day Camps’ supporting individuals to realise their full potential.


Full Story

Born in Portsmouth and raised in rural France, Ant set his sights on a career in the armed forces and didn’t stop striving until he achieved his goal. He joined the Special Boat Service (SBS) in 2008 and spent 4 years there. The SBS is the UK’s naval special forces unit and the sister unit of the SAS.

He was a point man/lead scout and also a primary fires operator and sniper. Prior to joining the SBS, Ant also served in the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers – meaning that he has achieved the ‘Holy Trinity’ of the UK’s Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection)

Thanks to his huge range of Special Forces experience, Ant has invaluable skills in survival and endurance. His appetite for adventure and extremes has no limit and has lead him to take on some amazing challenges. 

Before SAS : Who Dares Wins, Ant transferred his Special Forces skills to personal security and was selected to protect VIPs, including government officials and high profile celebrities, he also operated as a security expert in South Africa and across various other countries for governments in West Africa. He has trained presidential security teams and also ran extreme SAS style corporate events for large companies who wanted to truly experience the extremes of Special Forces selection.

 
  1. Joined the Royal Engineers (Age 16)

    1997

  2. Tour of Duty in Northern Ireland

    1999

  3. Tour of Duty in Macedonia

    2001

  4. Joined the Royal Marines

    2002

  5. Government Training in Sierra Leone

    2006

  6. Tour of Duty in Afghanistan

    2007

  7. Passed Selection and Joined the Special Boat Service

    2008

    Tour of Afghanistan

    2008

  8. Tour of Duty in Afghanistan

    2010

  9. Left Special Boat Service

    2012