Falcon (Bernadette Hunt)
It is with great sadness that we report that our beloved Falcon (Bernadette Hunt) died on the 14th of March at the age of 59 after battling cancer for a number of years.
Bernadette entered the Gladiators arena as 'Falcon' during the second series in 1993 and instantly became a firm fan favourite. She stayed with the show until its final series in 1999, becoming the second longest-serving female Gladiator.
Falcon was also a champion bodybuilder, winning the first competition she entered Miss Natural Health in 1992. She went on to win other titles including Miss Novice Britain, Miss London and Home Counties 1992 and Miss South Britain.
Many fans will remember Falcon as the most lovely, warm, generous person with a beaming smile!
Our Gladiator family is truly heartbroken with our loss of Bernie.
Please respect the privacy of Bernadette's family at this sad time.
Gladiators, a sports entertainment television show, has been one of the most defining game shows of the 90's in the UK, as well as across the globe. Athletic members of the public battle as Contenders against the shows very own mighty Gladiators to earn points in an array of events that tests their speed, strength, stamina and skill. The Contender with most points earns a 0.5 second head-start for each point difference in a race over the dreaded Eliminator course. The first to finish wins the episode and moves onto the next round with the hope of being crowned series champion!
Gladiators originally aired on ITV for 8 action-packed series between 1992-2000, with over 14 million viewers at its peak. In 2008, Gladiators was revived on Sky One for 2 series, including 3 special episodes that pitted the new Gladiators against the original Gladiator Legends.
Outside of the United Kingdom, versions of Gladiators have been filmed in the United States of America, Finland, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Nigeria, and Denmark. However, Russia, Germany, and the Bahamas would also compete in international shows.
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