The One With Panther


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At school in the North East of the UK, Helen hated sports - especially hockey - and wrote her own ‘notes’ to be excused. It wasn’t until her late 20s that she started hitting the gym and had phenomenal success as a body-builder.

Winning championships at both national and international level, she knew nothing about Gladiators when she got the GladCall asking if she would be interested. The producers had to send a video of the American version so she knew roughly what it was!

Panther's fear of heights stopped her enjoying the Duel - and was something she shared with one of the biggest gladiators, Warrior - but this didn't hold her back from becoming a much-loved regular on the show.

That was until her fall during Tilt, which saw her hit the mat with her legs going over her head, severely damaging her neck and spine causing injuries which still affect her today. It took her five months to do anything, but she finally made it back to the arena.

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