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Jonathan Goodwin stars in "Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin" on BBC America.

Jonathan Goodwin is an escapologist who has been described as a modern-day superhero — somewhere between Houdini and Superman. Over years working as a professional danger man, Goodwin has put himself in the most extreme situations and dodged death each time.

Following in the footsteps of the legendary daredevils who inspired him, Goodwin is without question one of the most awe-inspiring performers in the world today. He has been attacked by sharks, burned at the stake, buried alive, bitten by rattlesnakes, hung from buildings, helicopters, and cable cars, among many other incredible feats.

Born and raised in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, Goodwin became obsessed with the world of the superhero at an early age. As an inquisitive 7 year old, he discovered the great international daredevil Houdini and became obsessed with his extraordinary work.

Goodwin shared Houdini's taste for danger and took to learning as much as he could about the art of The Victorian Daredevil, characters like Charles Blondin who miraculously cheated death while crossing the Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

As he progressed into his teens, Goodwin started to learn the skills of these great performers. He began with simple acts such as holding his breath in the bath for as long as he could and progressed to learning bigger precision skills such as how to pick a lock and escape from handcuffs. He developed the ability to learn techniques in a short period of time that would take the average person much longer to grasp. Even at university in Middlesex, his dangerous escapades were his main focus in life.

Goodwin's dangerous day job is exactly that: a full-time profession which requires not only physical strength but also many hours of practice to stay on top of his game. Once he leaves home at 9.30 a.m. every morning, he spends the whole day in training for his extraordinary performances — after which it's time to get home for dinner at eight.

Goodwin is a big family man and his wife Katy is fully supportive of what he does. They recently became parents, when their first child Milligan was born.


How old is Jonathan Goodwin? Find out here.

Age: 36 years old
Birthday: February 20, 1980
Birthplace: Pembrokeshire, South Wales, UK

Jonathan Goodwin 'Dangerman': Harry Houdini, Evel Knievel and ... Jonathan Goodwin — Premiering Monday, July 8, the new BBC America series has a taste for danger with heart-stopping stunts that tests the fate of a new breed of escapologist. Read more...

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