Inbetweeners Star Blake Harrison Swaps Acting for a Career in Cage Fighting
Over a decade has passed since the Inbetweeners took the world by storm. From starring in movies to continuing their British television adventure, the show’s stars have all since moved on. Perhaps the most fascinating of them all is Blake Harrison, as he recently announced his latest project.
Blake Harrison, aka Neil Sutherland
The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison has announced that he will be trading in his acting career for a new job in cage fighting. Before you get too excited, this funny man won’t be the one getting down and dirty. Blake’s role will be that of a podcast host for a new MMA podcast, the MMA Fan Podcast.
The 6ft actor will meet and interview some of the industry’s biggest stars and will provide fans with an insight into the world of UFC.
Blake, 35, used to be a pro wrestler fan before discovering MMA and has always had a deep appreciation for the athletes involved in the sport.
Blake has already expressed his excitement about giving fighters a voice, a chance to tell their stories – from talking about their mental toughness to the sacrifices to train and win against the odds.
Aside from his new venture, Blake is set to reunite with his castmates from the hit television series later this year in Liverpool. Simon Bird (36), James Buckley (33), and Joe Thomas (37) will meet up and appear together again for one of their few appearances in almost 3 years.
At the Comic-Con event, the stars will discuss all things Inbetweeners, the two spin-off movies, and their current projects. Here’s what to expect from Blake’s co-stars at the event.
Simon Bird, aka Will
After filming The Inbetweeners, Simon became the creator of a hit comedy show on BBC three called The King Is Dead. He also appeared on Channel 4’s show Chickens and Friday Night Dinner, and the West End production of The Philanthropist.
In his private life, he married publicist Kerry Anne Lynch, and the pair have two children.
James Buckley, aka Jay
The well-known awkward Jay, otherwise known as James Buckley, is also known for featuring in a few other notable British TV shows, including The Bill, Holby City, and Skins.
After the Inbetweeners, James went on to appear on several hit shows. Since the Inbetweeners, he has been on Zapped, White Gold, and will appear in the latest Doctor Who series.
He made a surprising appearance on the Celebrity Great British Bake Off Stand Up To Cancer, where he smashed the competition in aid to raise funds for vital cancer research.
Joe Thomas, aka Simon
Joe and Simon met at university and stayed mates throughout filming for The Inbetweeners. The two went on to write Chickens which was a proposed series of the Comedy Showcase. Joe has also appeared on the shows Fresh Meat, Threesome, and White Gold (alongside James).
His latest project is Tom, Dick & Harry, the movie where he stars in the role of Mike Hunt.
Joe is currently engaged to his former co-star from the show, Hannah Tointon (aka Tara Brown).
Many rumors are circulating that the four funnymen will reunite as ‘The Inbetweeners’, but all four have said in interviews that they doubt that there will be more from the series. Fans will be sad to hear that this BAFTA-winning TV series-turned-movie doesn’t look like returning anytime soon, or at least not with the same iconic cast.
The Inbetweeners Honorable Mentions
Greg Davies, aka Mr. Gilbert, recently announced that he is to host the new reboot series, Nevermind The Buzzcocks.
The legendary quiz show is making a return to television without Simon Amstell. The music-themed comedy series will move from BBC to Sky, seven years since it was last seen on British TV.
Greg will be accompanied by Great British Bake Off host Noel Fielding, remaining in his captain role, along with ‘This Country’ writer, Daisy May Cooper.
Ten years later and the cast of The Inbetweeners have all moved on while the fans haven’t. The guys have all got very respectable careers in the entertainment industry, and are still just as funny to watch. We can’t wait to see these four reunite later on this year.
If you want to learn more about Blake, you can follow him on Twitter, where he has the tagline ‘Most of what you spend time worrying about will never happen.’
Or check out Blake’s podcast, the MMA Fan Podcast, to learn a bit more about his hidden passion for the world of MMA, where he recently appeared with Ben Shepherd.