Steve is based in London in the UK and spends most of his spare time pursuing various outdoor sports and keeping his stunt skills up to date. He also writes and design TV shows with stunt and action themes and designs stunts for TV, Film and Commercials. He’s a trained actor and television presenter. Steve has been on the Equity Stunt Register since 1996 and has attained the highest level of Stunt Coordinator.
Steve has a long background in UK Special Forces from 1980-2000, and served with both the SAS and SBS as a reservist. In 1984 he served one year as a regular soldier on a Special Type Engagement to fill a vacant admin job at his TA Unit. Following that Steve served for 6 years with 289 Commando (RA), before moving over to the SBS (R) for a further 6 years. Among the many military skills gathered, he is a Swimmer / Canoeist (SC3), Special Forces Patrol Medic, a Signaler, (SF Communicator), and is a qualified Army Physical Training Instructor, (a course which he passed with an A grade). He is an Armed and Unarmed Combat instructor and an Evasive Driving Instructor, and has worked in Close Protection in the private sector at the highest level, (Formerly Saladin and KMS).
In 1981 Steve passed the Parachute Regiment’s ‘P’ Company, and was awarded the best student award on his parachute course at RAF Brize Norton. In 1988 he passed the Royal Marines Commando Course at Lympstone, posting the second fastest times, (on his course), for the Tarzan Course and Bottom Field Tests to earn his Green Beret. Steve has completed over 200 military parachute jumps from balloons, a variety of aircraft, daytime and at night, on land and sea. In 1991 Steve was awarded the coveted US Marine Corps ‘Gold Parachute Wings’ at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, whilst on an exchange attach
ment with the US Marines.
Sporting achievements include 2400+ parachute jumps, (D License), Several Marathons, Bronze Medal Team Army Cross Country Champs 1984, (for 21 SAS), Several Triathlons. 2nd place team in the Army National Triathlon Champs 1992, (for 289 CDO), Rock Climbing to UK E3 standard, Mountaineering to Grade V, Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader Training Board Single Pitch Supervisors’ Award 1996, Fencing AFA Grade 6 in all three weapons, 5 years studying Kendo (Japanese Samurai martial art), Motor Sport Formula Ford 1600 and Formula First. In 1989 Steve won 2nd place in the Team Touraco Driver of the Year Award and runner up in the Forwardline Racing UK driver search, Trampolining Elementary Gold Certificate, Swimming ASA Water Skills Level 6, BSAC Dive Leader, 3 years Boxing (Junior ABA’s).
In 1988 Steve Captained the Fastest Reserve Forces boat in 126 mile Devises-Westminster Canoe Race for The Royal Marines Reserves, (He has completed the DW race three times). This race is the longest continuous canoe race in the World, and is considered by m
any to be one of the World’s toughest physical events. Steve’s best time was 20 hrs 47mins, in 1985 gaining 21st place in the Senior Doubles K2 (for 21 SAS). Steve has maintained links with his military past and served on one of his old Regimental Association Councils from 2006-2009. Steve’s interest in personal development lead him to gain a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioners’ qualification. He is also an experienced motivational speaker. In June 2009 Steve was asked to speak at the prestigious TED Global Conference in Oxford, UK.
Steve has spent some time traveling overseas on expeditions to India and Nepal including The jungles of West Nepal and the Himalayas – both leading expeditions and acting as team leader and medic. As well as traveling, he spent time running training courses for outdoor organisations and is a survival expert and instructor. Steve was one of the founder members and team trainer for the Drive For Youth Programme, which was a charitable organisation helping less privileged youths to rebuild their self confidence and gain employment.
In 2002 Steve become the first British freediver to reach 76 metres on a single breath to set the UK No Limits Freediving record as the UK’s deepest freediver. The record was performed in the dark, cold waters of Loche Linnhe, Fort William, Scotland. It was ratified by the British Freediving Association / AIDA UK as an official British Record for No Limits (NLT). His underwater breath hold is currently 6mins 10 secs static. Check out Steve’s freedive website at www.ukfreediver.com. Steve is planning an attempt to break the Guinness Wor
ld Record for a Full Body Burn. This category is only open to bona fide stunt professionals and is to be done without use of oxygen (i.e. breath holding).
In October 2003 he performed a full test burn at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre and stopped, as planned at 2mins 5secs, which is one second short of the record at that time. On September 4th 2004 Steve was awarded a Guinness World Record for the fastest abseil over 100 metres. It took him just 8.9 secs to abseil down London landmark Centre Point. The record was screened on the Guinness World Records 50th Anniversary prime time TV show on ITV.
Steve has been featured in many news articles over the years, including The Sun, Sunday Times, The Mirror, The Standard, Metro, Nuts Magazine, FHM Magazine, and many more. A consultant, contributor and featured stuntman in the ‘Be a Stuntman’ children’s maths book. He has appeared on TV as a stunt expert on Sky One (Spend it like Tom Cruise) and Granada / Five (I survived Freefall). Steve was invited as a special guest on the Nov 5th 2004 BBC show ‘Ready Steady Cook’ where he abseiled into the studio and had a mock fight with presenter Ainsley Harriot…before eating all the food! His front of camera work also includes Richard and Judy, This Morning, multiple episodes of Fifth Gear and Guinness World Records.
Steve has appeared several times as an expert guest or featured stuntman on BBC, Sky, Ch4, Ch5 and ITV News. In 2009 Steve presented a Fifth Gear Stunt Special and set a new World Record for driving a car around a 360 degree loop. Steve is a huge fan of the great Harry Houdini, and has written a television series charting his journey to re-create Houdini’s greatest escapes, which he hopes to get commissioned soon. As well as being an expert Escapologist, Steve is a proficient Magician specializing close up magic and card sleights.
Steve’s long term dream to break the World High Altitude Parachute Jump Record, set by Joseph Kittinger in 1960 at 102,000 ft at the very edge of space is progressing very well. As well as having been a professional singer, guitarist and saxophonist in the past, Steve has been studying classical piano since 2004, and plays as often as possible. Steve is currently training for his USA FAA Balloon Pilot’s License, and is in training to compete in Natural (drug free) Bodybuilding.