John Bishop relives terrifying moment he feared for his life during parachute jump

By Tilly Pearce

Comedian John Bishop has relived fearing for his life after trying his hand at a tandem skydive.

The 54-year-old star was convinced to take part in the parachute jump as part of filming for sports series, A League Of Their Own back in 2012.

Jumping out of a plane at 14,000ft, John was attached to a pro to make sure he landed safely.

However, that didn’t stop him from feeling terrified as he left his life in the hands of a complete stranger.

According to the Daily Star, John said of the stunt: "I was strapped to somebody, it was the other guy's responsibility to open the parachute.

John Bishop shared his experience of skydiving - and it sounds terrifying (Empics Entertainment)

"It was only when I was falling out of the sky that I realised I didn't know the guy. I wasn't so sure what he was thinking.

"On the way down I was going: 'Is everything OK with you?'"

Ahead of the jump, John joked at the time: “The main thing that crosses your mind when you fill out the form and put your next of kin, you think ‘that lucky cow is going to get a load of money!’”

Thankfully, he made it down without a scratch on him, completing the mission alongside co-stars Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp.

However, it was far from the last nail-biting brush with death he would have.

John Bishop is joining Doctor Who this October as newcomer Dan (BBC Studios/James Pardon)

In July this year, he found himself in a nasty car crash after he was forced to steer off the road when a car in front swerved to avoid an animal.

While his Range Rover was bashed up, thankfully he walked away unscathed.

The stand-up star is now about to test out his acting chops as the new assistant on Doctor Who.

John Bishop joins Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord and Mandip Gill's Yaz for the new adventures (BBC)

Making his debut in the upcoming Halloween special, Flux , John is joining Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and Mandip Gill’s character, Yaz.

This will mark the beginning of the end of Jodie in the Doctor’s role, as she will be leaving her position in 2022.

Her replacement is yet to be announced, and it’s not been confirmed how long John’s time in the Tardis will be.


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