In­side The Bil­lion­aire’s Wardrobe

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Reg­gie Yates saw a lot of crazy things in his role as Leo Jones on cult sci-fi se­ries Doc­tor Who (2005-cur­rent) in 2007, but “noth­ing could pre­pare me for my next big move,” laughs the 33-year-old Brit. He went from child star as Humphrey in iconic hair­dresser sit­com Des­mond’s (1989-1994) to in­ves­tiga­tive TV journo trav­el­ling the world for his doc­u­men­taries, like In­side The Bil­lion­aire’s Wardrobe (2016). He even vis­ited Mzansi…

“The cra­zi­est was in South Africa 1

[in 2013, for Reg­gie Yates’ Ex­treme South Africa]. We got caught in a gang fight and a guy pulled out his gun. I thought, ‘All bets are off!’” says Reg­gie. “Later we thought it had calmed down and I was do­ing in­ter­views and these guys were all hold­ing ma­chetes.”

Reg­gie also ap­peared on Disney 2

Club (1989-1998; the UK’s ver­sion of The Mickey Mouse Club that made Brit­ney Spears fa­mous) as a pre­sen­ter.

And he’s quite the singer too. In 3

2005, Reg­gie per­formed a num­ber of songs – in­clud­ing Shaggy’s Boom­bas­tic (1995) – on the Comic Re­lief Does Fame Academy char­ity show.

Ex­treme SA was meant to be a 4

once-off but it was ex­tended and sea­son 2 (2015) was filmed in Rus­sia.

For his other show, Spe­cial Forces: 5

Ul­ti­mate Hell Week (2017), Reg­gie re­turned to South Africa to put tough sol­diers “though hell” train­ing with the in­fa­mous South African Recce troops.

The Lon­doner’s par­ents Feli­cia and 6

Regi­nald are both from Ghana but Reg­gie jokes that “I’m fully Bri­tish. My grandad was born in the UK”.

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