Harry Potter star is now an MMA fighter

Josh Herdman has gone from Draco Malfoy's right-hand man to MMA fighter.

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Avada Kedavra One of these men now punches people for fun. Image Picture Warner Bros

It’s not unheard for actors to undertake a career change. Ronald Reagan went from cowboy to President of the United States, 80s icon Phoebe Cates runs a boutique on Madison Avenue and Mickey Rourke even had a sideline as professional boxer.

Now, Harry Potter star Josh Herdman is officially a Hogwarts hardman, taking on a second career as an amateur MMA fighter. The 28-year-old, who played Draco Malfoy’s right-hand-man Gregory Goyle in the films, defeated Polish fighter Janusz Walachowski in Romford, East London, at the weekend.

He emerged victorious on points after three rounds – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 – in the amateur catchweight (80kg) category.

Herdman told AddictedMMA that he hasn’t given up on acting for good, but wanted to give cage fighting a shot to make use of his martial arts training.

“I haven’t fallen out of love with [acting], I still have an agent and still go for audition. It’s just a little bit like playing the lottery for a living,” he said.

“I would like a few amateur fights first to get me started and where it goes from there, who knows?”

Speaking about his love for MMA, Herdman described the sport as “raw, exciting and unpredictable”.

“I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made sense to move onto MMA because of my jujitsu training,” he explained.

“I would like a few amateur fights first to get me started and where it goes from there, who knows?”

Herdman appeared in all eight Harry Potter films between 2001 and 2011 and was one of only 14 people who managed to appear in all eight Potter movies – mainly stealing Hogwarts kids’ lunch money and doing Malfoy’s bidding.

You also might have seen him Herdman opposite Ed Skrein in horror film Piggy.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn

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