BORN in Flamborough, east Yorkshire in 1961 Geoff Nordass joined the elite Royal Marine Commandos in 1978.
He served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Norway as well as the Baltic and Mediterranean on HMS Fearless.
He was mentioned in despatches for courage he showed in support of an SAS mission during Operation Corporate, the re-taking of the Falkland islands from Argentine forces in 1982.
He later qualified as a RN diver and parachutist before deploying in support of the Special Boat Service (SBS).
Having left the Royal Marines in 1996, he worked as a bodyguard for Mohammed and dodi al-Fayad before a brief career as an 'action extra' with films including James Bond's 'Tomorrow Never dies'. He then spent five years as a security officer for Royal Caribean on the most luxurious cruise ships afloat.
From 2003 to 2008 he served as a private security contractor in Iraq, overseeing some of the most dangerous missions in the war-torn country.