Harry Potter star Josh Herdman, who will be taking on the Olympics starting tonight on ITV, now looks very different from his days playing the nasty sidekick of Draco Malfoy Goyle
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Josh Herdman spent his teenage years bidding on the devil Draco Malfoy – but now he’s back on our screens in a very different scenario.
When he was just 13 years old, Josh was cast as Gregory Goyle – Draco’s annoying sidekick in the first Harry Potter film and has remained in the role in all seven sequels.
He was initially considered for a very different role as Harry’s spoiled cousin Dudley Dursely, but ended up playing the Slytherin badboy, who was killed by his own fire in his last film. movie series.
Josh has previously admitted that he went astray during his teen years after succeeding in his career and nearly ruining his career.
“If I’m being honest, I’m like a lot of young people,” he explained in February 2018. “I don’t know, those are the people I hang out with and you have money.
“It was just what I was doing and I had enough of it so I gave it up and started focusing on my fitness, I quit and I haven’t looked back.”
Although he didn’t love acting, he felt like it was “playing the lottery for a living” and decided to broaden his horizons.
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Needing relief from his anxiety, Josh studied martial arts and cage fighting, which have since been invaluable to his health and fitness.
“I had so much of that so I decided I was going to train again and I knew I needed to focus on something and martial arts changed my life.
“You need a discipline, you need a persistence, you need a drive to maintain it. When you start getting hammered, you’re a new person.
“It’s something that a lot of people who are just starting out in martial arts can’t get over it and they don’t like it but it was exactly what I needed and it taught me the discipline that I needed at the time and the practice I needed. middle, it changed everything for me.”
Josh has transformed his body since starting MMA and is almost unrecognizable with his ripped body and shaved head.
“I’ve never been fat or anything but before I started doing martial arts I smoked and you feel like you can’t breathe,” he said.
“Overall, you feel much better about yourself. I feel happy, I can walk and run ten miles.
“It looks really nice and the transformation is really amazing. You don’t do it just for that, it’s like an added bonus. It’s more for your mental health.”
The actor made his amateur debut as an MMA fighter in April 2016, defeating Polish rival Janusz Walachowski at the City Pavillion in Romford, east London.
Talking about his experience, he said, “I have been training in traditional Japanese jujitsu for almost 5 years and hold a black belt in shodan.
“It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable. I find it more enjoyable than boxing even though I appreciate the beauty and artistry in boxing. I switched to MMA because my jujitsu training also makes sense. means.”
But Josh was not at all interested in acting and realized that he could indulge in playing characters and his sports interests.
To avoid being typecast, Josh starred in a horror film called Piggy in 2012, an ITV crime drama called Marcella in 2018, and a lead role in the 2018 film Robin Hood.
Josh was also knocked unconscious in a motorcycle accident with his father in 2015 when they skidded on oil and had to be taken to the hospital.
However, Josh and his father Martin had to wait more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive after the accident earlier this month.
Speaking to the Richmond and Twickenham Times, Martin said: “It was a pretty bad accident, I think I broke my shoulder and my son thinks he broke his leg and arm.
“We were left to wait by the roadside with the police for about an hour and a half before the ambulance arrived.
“An ambulance passing by even stopped to ask what happened but they either had someone behind or was on their way on another call. We both lost consciousness from the accident and we I can not believe it.”
The father-son pair were eventually collected and taken to West Middlesex University Hospital for treatment, while Martin was left with a torn ankle ligament and a bloody elbow wound.
Now, Josh will be competing in ITV’s brand new The Games series, which sees 12 super-fit celebrities battle it out in a spectacular sporting event over the course of a week. live program.
Familiar faces have undergone weeks of intensive training to be ready to take on a range of sporting challenges in arenas, swimming pools, arenas and stadiums.
Speaking ahead of his first live show, Josh said: “I like challenges and I really enjoy competing. I’m always learning new things and we’re being taught by the best coaches and teachers. .
“It’s going to be a great life experience, learning new things, challenging and competitive, so it ticks all the boxes for me.”
All have been pulled out of their comfort zones to train as athletes, swimmers and cyclists, to compete in hopes of topping the medal table and crowning the winner. exam
As well as live coverage of events, each episode will feature celebrity preparations as they are taught the sport from scratch by some of the UK’s top coaches.
“The event I look forward to the most is the canoe race. I’ve never done that and it’s very foreign to me. I imagine it would be like riding a motorcycle, but I don’t know how precise it is. Come on, we Josh said.
“I’m the least confident in diving. I don’t like jumping off furniture. I’m not afraid of heights, I like to fly, as long as I know I’m safe.
“But I don’t like throwing things away, I’m not good at it. So that’s what I least expected. And swimming. I’ve never been a strong swimmer.”
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