Melvyn Downes joins SAS: Who Dares Wins

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 May 2021
Melvyn Downes

Melvyn Downes

Melvyn Downes will replace Ollie Ollerton on 'SAS: Who Dares Wins' as the first mixed-race officer and member of the Directing Staff

Melvyn Downes has joined 'SAS: Who Dares Wins'.

The British armed forces veteran has signed up as the survival show’s first mixed-race officer and member of the Directing Staff after Ollie Ollerton departed last year amid Channel 4’s “diversity drive”.

Melvyn, 55, led operational tours in Iraq and Northern Ireland during more than two decades and spent the past 10 years in Dubai, working in corporate security and for British Scouting Overseas.

The tough guy hopes his appearance on the show will represent the "under-represented" but is adamant he is not ticking any boxes for the broadcaster.

He said: “I know people are going to say it’s all about race, but I don’t see it that way. To be a part of this programme you’ve got to be competent to do the job, that’s number one. Because I had 24 years in the British military, got to senior rank as a Warrant Officer and led countless SAS operations, I think I have got the necessary experience first of all to back it up.

“But being the first mixed-race DS is going to be a great opportunity as I can represent the under-represented in life — not just minorities, I’m talking about people from deprived, working-class backgrounds.”

Viewers will first meet Melvyn on the show on Sunday (09.05.21) where he will go undercover among the 21 recruits taking part in the course on the Scottish island of Raasay.

The upcoming series will also be the last to feature Ant Middleton as it was filmed before he was let go in March for alleged “inappropriate behaviour” when four women raised concerns about his “personal conduct” on set.

Ant denies the allegations but Channel 4 released a statement, saying: “We will not be working with him again.”

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