Ex SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton’s company goes bust and he ‘owes £1.2m in taxes’

Ex SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton’s company goes bust and he ‘owes £1.2m in taxes’ – two years after being sacked from the show due to ‘personal conduct’

Ant Middleton‘s company has gone bust and he allegedly owes £1.2 million in taxes.

The former SAS: Who Dares Wins star, 42, is said to have cashed in £4.5 million in 2021 but that was before he was sacked from the Channel 4 reality show due to his ‘personal conduct’.

Ahead of this past Christmas, he was reportedly forced to liquidise his main business after being unable to pay off debts.

Oh dear: Ant Middleton's company has gone bust and he allegedly owes £1.2 million in taxes

Oh dear: Ant Middleton’s company has gone bust and he allegedly owes £1.2 million in taxes

The Sun claims the business was abandoned, owing £3,318 to other creditors and £1,199,773 to HMRC.

Before shutting in down, Ant is thought to have taken out a £2.7 million ‘director’s loan,’ with documentation stating it is ‘uncertain’ how much of that will be repaid. It has been alleged Ant requested £20,000 in vacation pay.

The company, which was founded in 2014, was known as Middleton Global before changing its name to Sway and Starting in November of last year.

Accounts for his other firms, Antcolony Ltd, Middleton IP, and Middleton Global IP, are all late, according to Companies House.

Crikey! The former SAS star, 42, is said to have cashed in £4.5 million in 2021 but that was before he was sacked from the Channel 4 show due to his 'personal conduct' (pictured in 2018)

Crikey! The former SAS star, 42, is said to have cashed in £4.5 million in 2021 but that was before he was sacked from the Channel 4 show due to his ‘personal conduct’ (pictured in 2018)

A spokesman for Ant told the newspaper: ‘Due to the impact of lockdowns on Ant’s work and the associated adverse effects on the company, unfortunately Middleton Global Limited has had to be placed into voluntary liquidation.

‘Ant has an extremely busy year ahead and is focused on his TV work, brand deals, books and events.’

MailOnline has contacted Ant’s representatives for comment. 

In early March 2021, Ant’s abrupt departure from SAS: Who Dares Wins was confirmed by Channel 4, apparently due to his ‘personal conduct’.

Disappointment: Ahead of this past Christmas, he was reportedly forced to liquidise his main business after being unable to pay off debts

Disappointment: Ahead of this past Christmas, he was reportedly forced to liquidise his main business after being unable to pay off debts 

A spokesperson for Channel 4 told MailOnline at the time: ‘Ant Middleton will not be taking part in future series of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

‘Following a number of discussions Channel 4 and Minnow Films have had with him in relation to his personal conduct it has become clear that our views and values are not aligned and we will not be working with him again.’

His departure came months after Ant sparked controversy by referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as ‘absolute scum’, and urging people to ‘carry on as normal’ and not change their habits during the Covid pandemic.

Ant previously hit back at claims his exit was due to him allegedly making a lewd comment to a female that was picked up on his microphone.

His spokesperson said: ‘Ant has worked on TV sets around the world for many years and has never at any point been accused of speaking inappropriately by anyone.

‘He has only ever been informed of these allegations, which he wholeheartedly and emphatically rejects, via the media.

‘If anyone felt that he did say anything verbally offensive we would have expected a formal process of review but no such discussion has ever taken place either via any of the networks he works for or via bodies such as Bectu.’

Speaking on Good Morning Britain in March, Ant denied claims he’d made ‘inappropriate’ comments to female staff which were subsequently investigated by Channel 4 bosses.

Over: The company, which was founded in 2014, was known as Middleton Global before changing its name to Sway and Starting in November of last year

Over: The company, which was founded in 2014, was known as Middleton Global before changing its name to Sway and Starting in November of last year

He said anonymous complaints had been made about ‘indirect’ behaviour that was typical of the hosts’ military backgrounds, and said ‘snowflakes’ do not belong on the set of SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Following Channel 4’s statement of his exit, Ant posted on Instagram: ‘Hi guys, I’ve got some news which is that after five incredible years I’ve decided it’s time to move on from SAS Who Dares Wins UK.

‘Big respect to my fellow DS – its been a journey I’ll never forget. Thanks to everyone that took part and made the show what it is.’

He added: ‘Really excited about the future and what’s coming this year. Stay positive.’

Future: The adventurer has not ruled out a return to British TV and he also is having 'conversations' about taking on a leading man role in a film (pictured in June 2022)

Future: The adventurer has not ruled out a return to British TV and he also is having ‘conversations’ about taking on a leading man role in a film (pictured in June 2022)

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