Channel 4 SAS Who Dares Wins: Who are new DS staff Rudy Reyes and Remi Adeleke?

It’s one of the toughest shows on TV and SAS Who Dares Wins is back with some new faces – and we’re not talking about the latest set of recruits who will be put through their peace.

Twenty new members of the public will face the toughest experience of their lives in the most spectacular but harsh terrain in Jordan. This seventh series of the Channel 4 series will begin tonight (Sunday) at 9pm.

Viewers well see the new recruits led by a new elite team of ex-special forces operators from the UK and, for the first time, the USA. Combining their skills, this new elite ‘brotherhood has created the most grueling course yet, played out in the unforgiving and epic backdrop of the Jordanian desert.

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With 15 years of experience in multiple war zones, Chief Instructor and ex-US Recon Marine Rudy Reyes and new Directing Staff team member, ex-US navy SEAL Remi Adeleke will join Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham and Jason Fox, aka Foxy, to push the recruits to challenge their physical and psychological limits. The big question is, who will have the mental fortitude to make it to the end?

The latest series is the first since 2015 without former Chief Instructor Ant Middleton who was dropped by Channel 4 last year. However, he did go on to take part in two further series, one with civilians and one with celebrities, as they were already filmed prior to the decision being made by the broadcaster.

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The twenty new recruits on SAS: Who Dares Wins

Taking Ant’s place is Rudy Reyes, who was born in 1971 on Richard’s Gebauer Air Base in Missouri while his father, a US Marine, was fighting in Vietnam. After his parents’ divorce from him, Rudy and his three brothers were raised by his grandparents, and later by the Omaha Home for Boys.

Aged 26, a decorated martial artist, Rudy joined the United States Marine Corps and, after impressing in the recruitment phase, went on to become an elite Recon Marine. Rudy became a highly decorated Special Forces operator, leading over 50 patrols behind enemy lines.

I have served one tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq as a Recon Marine Team Leader and Scout Sniper. After leaving the marines, Rudy worked as a counter-terror contractor for the Department of Defense.

Rudy Reyes

After leaving the military, Rudy spent time in Africa where he trained wildlife preserve rangers in anti-poaching tactics and later went on to found ‘Force Blue’ a Veteran Non Profit which pairs former Special Operators with Marine Scientists to work rebuilding and restoring coral reefs , saving turtles, and working within the conservation community.

He also competes and trains people for Adventure Racing and Martial Arts. In 2008, Rudy appeared as himself on the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. He has worked on many survival shows, Apocalypse Man and Ultimate Survivor Alaska. He was also one of the main contributors for multiple BAFTA-nominated documentary series Once Upon a Time in Iraq.

DS, Melvyn Downes has also been swapped for series seven after only joining last year. Taking his place is Remi Adeleke. He was born into riches in Nigeria, but following the death of his father and the unjust seizing of his family’s wealth by the Nigerian Government, Remi, his mother, and brother, permanently relocated to Bronx, New York in 1987.

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Remi Adeleke

After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later joined the Navy SEALs where he specialized in combat medicine and HUMINT (Human Intelligence/tradecraft).

After ending his naval career in 2016, Remi worked in film and TV consulting, directing, writing, and acting, including the 2017 franchise film Transformers: The Last Knight, SEAL Team CBS, the Universal thriller directed by Michael Bay, Ambulance, and the August 2022 Lionsgate blockbuster The Plane. Remi also had a recurring role on Amazon’s TV adaptation of the New York Times Best Seller, Terminal List.

Remi also wrote and directed The Unexpected, a 32-minute short film based on a true story of uncovering an international organ harvesting ring. As a screenwriter, Remi co-wrote the adapted screenplay for Slave Stealers, about the abolitionist, Harriet Jacobs. He has also published an autobiography, Transformed: A Navy SEALs Unlikely Journey From The Throne Of Africa, To The Streets Of The Bronx, To Defying All Odds.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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