Thursday 23 February 2017

This cage fighter is a former Harry Potter child star, but which one?

Published 27/04/2016 | 10:25

PIC: Josh Herdman Twitter
PIC: Josh Herdman Twitter
PIC: Josh Herdman Twitter

It's hard to believe this MMA fighter was a Harry Potter star who featured in every movie.

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Josh Herdman played Gregory Goyle, one of Draco Malfoy's sidekicks, and is now forging an alternative career in cage fighting.

Josh Herdman in Harry Potter
Josh Herdman in Harry Potter

While fellow stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis have opted to stick with acting, Josh hopes to both act and fight.

The 28-year-old actor made his amateur cage debut on Saturday on Brad Pickett's Rise of Champions show, defeating fellow debutant Janusz Walachowski.

However he has not given up acting entirely.

He told Addicted MMC that he still acts.

"I don’t see it so much as a career change, I still act and am passionate about both acting and fighting," he said.

"I obviously grew up around sport, looking at my dad’s newspaper clippings as a kid (Martin Herdman was a boxer and professional rugby league player prior to pursuing an acting career in his late 20s), he taught us all how to fight from an early age, I also played rugby from about 6 – 13."

Josh's transformation may well raise a few eyebrows, much like fellow star Matthew Lewis who shocked fans and JK Rowling with his new physique, which he flaunted on the cover of Attitude magazine last year.

Author Rowling tweeted, "@Mattdavelewis Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God's sake."

The 26-year-old, who played Neville Longbottom in the fantasy films, went viral on the internet after his transformation from geeky child star to pin-up .

Matthew Lewis on the cover of Attitude magazine
Matthew Lewis on the cover of Attitude magazine

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