Melvyn Downes joined SAS: Who Dares Wins as one of the directing staff on its 2021 series.
SAS is a British reality quasi-military training television show airing on Channel 4. As of May 2021, there have been five main series of the documentary program (since 2015).
Anyway, fans have been inquisitive about the several new faces of the season including Melvyn. Here is this Melvyn Downes Wikipedia explaining all that.
Melvyn Downes On SAS: Who Dares Wins
So, Melvyn’s role on the show is to guide and instruct the recruits for the new season that premiered on 9 May 2021. As part of the contract, he was sworn in, he operates alongside chief instructor Ant Middleton and his team of directing staff including Jason Fox (aka Foxy) and Mark Billingham (aka Billy).
Early on, he was shown as if making sure the recruits knew who was boss as he screamed, “Get a move on, move it!”, at them with their faces down in wet mud.
So, Melvyn was hired to replace Ollie Ollerton who left in 2020.
Melvyn Downes Age
The Sun reported Melvyn Downes’s age as of May 10, 2021, to be 55. However, at the moment, his date of birth remained unknown.
Measuring 5’9”, Melvyn Downes, in his built like that of a brick shithouse, stands an inch taller than his costar and former Special Forces soldier Ant Middleton. The Chief-instructor of the TV show is 5’8” tall in height.
Melvyn Downes Ethnicity
Melvyn Downes comes from a family of mixed-race. He says he is proud of his heritage on both sides and that he wants to represent the under-represented (as in class or race). Even though, he insisted that he was not recruited to be the show because of Channel 4’s diversity drive.
He was raised in a council estate in Stoke, which is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England. Later, for the past decade, he lived in Dubai, working in corporate security and for British scouting Overseas.
Today, it seems he continues to live in his hometown i.e. Stoke Newington as he called himself a “Proud Stokie” on his Instagram bio.
Speaking of growing up, his mom noticed how he was obsessed with toy soldiers. As he grew older, he would also watch every war movie he could. (Platoon, he says, is his favorite to date).
So, Melvyn joined the Cadets when he was eleven and signed up to the British Army as he turned 16 (with of course his parents’ permission).
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His Instagram, Facebook
The Instagram handle ‘Melvyn Downes’, also says Melvyn is a family man and a fitness fanatic. At the time, he seemed to be using Instagram only where he had 4,318 followers (until May 10, 2021).
Melvyn Downes Net Worth
Before Melvyn had Channel 4’s cheque coming in, he had already pulled in an estimated $2 million net worth from all that the arduous job of his provided him.
Looking back, the thing Melvyn is most proud about is his career and of having fought for the country and led missions against war criminals and terrorists around the world.
Melvyn served in the military for 24 years, twelve of them were spent in SAS. During those years, he fought in a harrowing mission during the first Gulf War as well as three tours of Northern Ireland. Recently, he also added he spent most of those spans undercover. And of course, he recalled how he had countless near misses.
“I’ve used up my nine lives, for sure.”
After leaving the SAS the former warrant officer worked for a corporate security company in the Emirate state. But, still, his military links would not let him lead a life of a common man. Courtesy of his role as a leader with the British Scouts Overseas, his military links remained intact.
Now, with all the necessary experiences to back up, Melvyn is already a hit with viewers on the show’s sixth civilian series. They have admitted to being utterly “terrified” by the show’s new DS. But you won’t believe it when we tell you Melvyn’s experience with the series was also equally “exciting but also terrifying”.
Melvyn Downes Wife
So, Melvyn Downes is married to his wife, Zoe.
He and his beloved have been living in the glamorous skyscraper-filled and skylined city of Dubai for the past ten years. Zoe is a school teacher and together the pair have two teenage daughters.
He does not reveal much about his wife and their three kids. Also, his Instagram is as low profile as they come.
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Last modified: May 10, 2021