To say that new reality show SAS Australia has left a lasting impression on Australian audiences would be an understatement.
The gruelling scenes of A to D list Aussie celebs trying their hand at some of the tasks and challenges posed to secret service personel is nothing short of shocking.
But in a confronting catch, there's one bloke there to normalise the harrowing scenarios - Ant Middleton, an ex-army recruit and tough-as-boots directing staffer (DS).
Ant doesn't take any crap - that much is very clear.
From the get-go, the 40-year-old took a no-holds-barred approach with the 17 Aussie celebs who dared to come onto the show.
But beneath his tough exterior, is there a softer side to Ant? We decided to take a look at the man behind the camera.
Ant Middleton is a 40-year-old former member of the British Army, having served between 1998 and 2002.
He also served in the Royal Marines between 2005 and 2012.
That means he's no stranger to the challenges and tasks posed to service men and women.
Ant is married to wife Emilie Middleton, with the pair sharing five children.
Speaking to The Sun, Emilie revealed she met Ant in 2004 while she was working in a bar in Essex. They married in 2006.
Ant served while Emilie raised the children, but eventually he came home to spend more time with his family.
"I was quite selfish and put my career first for a long time, but I wanted to spend more time at home," he previously said.
Ant is already a very familiar face in the UK, having hosted SAS: Who Dares Wins, which is the equivalent to our new revamped version down under.
He also has a whopping one million followers on Instagram, where he describes himself as an "extreme adventurer, leader and positive thinker."
As well as starring on the hit TV series, Ant is an author in his own right.
He has released three books based on his life experiences and pursuing a positive mental mindset.
In 2018 he released First Man In: Leading From The Front.
In 2019, he then released The Fear Bubble.
This year, he has debuted another book named Zero Negativity, which aims to inspire readers to become the best version of themselves and to live life with zero negativity.
- PuzzlesTake 5 Pocket Puzzler Issue 195 Online Entry Coupon
Prizes To LoveDec 25, 2020