The BBC’s reboot of hit British TV series Gladiators is now only weeks away after it was last aired on ITV in 2000.

The ultimate sports gameshow was first broadcast in 1992 and lasted for eight series (not to mention its many specials).

But among the 16 new “superhumans”, one Gladiator from County Durham is hoping to show off his speed and strength.

Who is BBC Gladiator Apollo? See his impressive rugby career

Apollo (Alex Gray) is reportedly from Bishop Auckland and has a great deal of sporting history.

Apollo said: "Gladiator ready?? You better believe I am!! After playing Rugby and in the NFL, the opportunity to inspire as Apollo is a dream come true. I plan on leading from the front and never giving up."

He started his career playing rugby for the under-16s team and moved onto the Premiership and England 7s team, reports the Gladiators website.

Apollo was also the captain for the England rugby teams including 16's, 18's and 20's.

Gladiators adds: “He was scouted to go to NFL for his skillset, making him the first British rugby player to transfer over to the NFL. Signed for Atlanta Falcons and then became the first international player to Captain an NFL team.

“He trains hard wanting to be the best and has a super strong competitive nature.

“Apollo wants to win and won't stop until he does. Don’t be fooled by his smile and charm, if you’re in his way he’ll take you down.”

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Who are the BBC Gladiators presenters?

Presenter Bradley Walsh (The Chase) and his son Barney will host the 11-episode series, which will see the Gladiators take on Contenders in new and old games, culminating with classic challenge The Eliminator.

When is BBC Gladiators on TV in 2024?

The new series which was filmed in Sheffield last year will launch on BBC One on January 13 at 5.50pm and will be available to rewatch on the iPlayer.