Michael Sundin – Wikipedia

Michael Sundin (Born March 1, 1961 in Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, United Kingdom; † July 24, 1989 in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England, United Kingdom) was a British dancer, musical artist, television and film actor, TV presenter and trampoline athlete.

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Michael Sudin’s career began as a trampoline jumper or athlete. At the age of 12 he already won various national titles. In 1976 he became world champion in the age group of 15 to 18 year olds. He became a member of the UK National Trampoline Team.

After finishing school, he started working as a computer programmer when he discovered his interest in show business. He went to Newcastle, where he played the role of Bill Baily in the musical Cats for 2 years. This was followed in 1982 by an appearance in the music video of Boy Georges Culture Club I´ll tumble for you. From 1984 to 1985 he co-hosted the BBC’s most important children’s program, Blue Peter. He was used as a moderator 77 times. He had his first film role in 1985 in the film Oz – a fantastic world. While at Blue Peter, he also interviewed Elton John. There were also guest roles in various series.

At the end of the 1980s he went on tour with his theater group with the play Seven Brides for seven Brothers. As a musical performer, he toured Japan and Australia with Starlight Express. He had his last public appearance in 1988 in the Rick Astley music video She wants to dance with me, where he sits next to Rick Astley in a bar and later is one of the dancers on the dance floor.

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Michael Sundin died on July 24, 1989 at the age of 28 of complications from his AIDS illness.

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His homosexuality and the homophobic and aidphobic mood in Great Britain ended his career. Parents complained to the BBC about the moderator’s feminine behavior, who could not be a role model for children. A colleague told the press that Sundi, who was in a pseudo relationship with a woman, was actually homosexual. Then he was photographed by paparazzi dancing in underpants at a gay club moderator and gave a strange interview to the rainbow press the next day in which he spoke of homosexual behavior in his youth but living in a relationship with a woman. The BBC then dismissed him as a presenter.

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  • Forever Young, 1983.
  • OZ – a fantastic world “, 1985.
  • The real life of Alice in Wonderland. 1985.
  • Lionheart, 1987.

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