Gladiators star Wolf is unrecognisable from 90s fame as he reveals his son could join show reboot | The Sun

Gladiators star Wolf is unrecognisable from 90s fame as he reveals his son could join show reboot | The Sun

12/22/2022

GLADIATORS star Wolf appeared on Good Morning Britain today – and was totally unrecognisable from his 90s fame.

The show legend – real name Michael Van Wijk – revealed to hostsKate Garraway and Ben Shephard that his son is now aiming to join the show.


Wolf, now 70, appeared on the show between 1992 and 2000 and says his son Dean has applied to be a Gladiator on the show when it's rebooted next year.

But Wolf thinks he could still do all the tasks, telling the hosts: "To be honest I could do all the games comfortably.

"I would also like to be like you guys and be a co presenter as well. I have never missed a show in the whole eight series."

Asked who would win out of the pair – the father and son insisted: "Definitely me."

Wolf added: "We train at different gyms but we are very very competitive."

He also revealed he still gets recognised at the age of 70 – despite having slightly less hair.

Dean told The Sun earlier this month that he planned to go by the name Wolf Cub in tribute to his dad.

"I’ve always wanted to wear Lycra and chase people around," Dean, 34, told The Sun.

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"I can’t be exactly the same as him but I will try bringing something else to the show."

However, Dean faces competition – paralympian Stef Reid has also applied to be on the show as it's first 'bionic' star, alongside thousands of other people hoping to join the line-up of Gladiators.

In the show's 90s heyday, it pulled in 13 million viewers a night – which is why the BBC is bringing it back next year.

The 11 episode series will start filming in May in Sheffield's Utilita Arena.

After Gladiators ended, Wolf moved to New Zealand to run a chain of gyms – and that's where he lives now with Dean.

Born in Mumbai, India, and raised in South London, Michael was already a dad to Dean when he signed up for the show.

But he split from Dean’s mum Mariette Oepkes when Dean was a baby and later married Paula.

Michael set up a new family home in Orpington, Kent, while Dean went to live in Spain with his mum.

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His dad visited him regularly and took Dean to see Gladiators being filmed in front of 10,000 fans at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.

Dean recalls: “I remember my dad taking me on the show. He made me a little Gladiator outfit."



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