Star of SAS: Who Dares Wins and army veteran Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham is one of the UK’s most decorated former servicemen. Affectionately known as Billy he spent more than 30 years in the Army serving his country in conflicts all over the world. Most recently he has become famous for his role on SAS: Who Dares Wins where, alongside other former military personnel, teaches people the skills needed to survive in the military. Confident in front of the camera, he is now lending his talents to virtual speaking and can use his inspirational story to motivate audiences all over the world.
Mark’s first military deployment came in 1983 with the Parachute Regiment where he held various positions until 1991. He then joined the SAS as a Mountain Troop specialist, this role saw him head to countries around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, and numerous African nations. During this time, he found himself in countless dangerous situations including hostage rescues. These experiences made him the perfect choice when Channel 4 were putting together a team of experts to oversee the training of competitors in SAS: Who Dares Wins. Having also spent time as a celebrity bodyguard for Tom Cruise, Sir Michael Caine and Brad Pitt, Mark’s fascinating life makes for the perfect backdrop for his virtual speaking engagements.
But Mark’s journey to the military and secret service was far from straightforward. He suffered two particularly terrible injuries in his teen, once as a victim of a stabbing and on another occasion, he fell into a vat of acid. This meant that when it came to conducting his army medical exams, he struggled but only a year after having severe leg burns he was selected for the Paras. Overcoming this adversity makes Mark one of the most inspirational speakers teaching people how to deal with setbacks and emerge stronger.