Mark Billingham, a former bodyguard to estranged couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is speaking out to media about his time time working with the once happy marriage.
Mark Billingham is not to be confused with the 55-year-old English novelist, actor, television screenwriter and comedian, with the same name. Our Mark Billingham is a SAS soldier turned Hollywood security.
According to several news outlets, Mark, who has been casted in the smash-hit Channel 4 series SAS: Who Dares Wins, worked for the couple for 18-months.
Billingham explains the couple’s main concern was their children’s safety. He recalls he grew close to the couple’s six children — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne. Mr Billingham told media, he felt like he ‘fathered them, basically.’
As we may imagine, the guy in charge of Brangelina’s security must be some kind of mix between 007 and Ethan Hunt. Well, let us tell ya, Mr. Billingham has an impressive resume and nothing to envy fictional movie characters, he is the real deal.
According to steel eagle international, Mark Billingham, also known as ‘Billy’ Billingham, joined the Parachute Regiment in 1983 and served until 1992 holding an array of positions including: Patrol Commander for operational tours in many worldwide locations. He also served as a training instructor for the Regiments as a military specialist. Billy joined the SAS in 1991 as a Mountain Troop specialist.
Billingham has an extensive and diverse security background serving in multiple capacities ranging from Warrant Officer for the Special Air Service (SAS) to Head of Security for various A-list celebrities, British Royalty and International Political Figures.
Mark Billingham is also a certified SF and Counter Terrorist Sniper Instructor, Advanced Evasive Diving Instructor, Tracking/Jungle Warfare/Navigation Instructor, Demolition/Sabotage Instructor, Ski Mountaineering/Rock Climbing/Abseiling/Ice climbing Instructor, Combat Survival/RTI Instructor, Counter Terrorist Instructor (all options) and has worked as a Patrol Medic/Trauma Life Support agent for 5 hospital attachments.
During his nearly 30 years’ service with the SAS, Billy was an instructor in the jungle phase of selection and reached the rank of Sergeant Major. He received the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery and was appointed a Member of the British Empire.
Aside from Brangelina, Mark has also worked with Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood.