Britain’s Got Talent Finalist Jonathan Goodwin Makes First TV Appearance Since Horror Stunt Left Him Paralysed

The stuntman appeared alongside his fiancée, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, who described him as a “total inspiration”.

Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin has made his first television appearance since he was left paralysed after a stunt went horrifically wrong during rehearsals for a spin-off of America’s Got Talent.

The stunt for AGT: Extreme was supposed to see the escapologist free himself and fall underneath two cars before they collided, but the vehicles were released too early and he fell 30ft to the ground, missing the safety airbag below.

Appearing on Friday’s Lorraine alongside his fiancée, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, Jonathan opened up about the accident which has left him in a wheelchair.

“I’m not down about it. I’m doing as well as I can be,” Jonathan said.

“It was pretty gnarly. It sounds very dramatic sitting here but I nearly died… I saved my life because I fell upside down, head first to the ground but I didn’t hit my head.”

Jonathan described the emotional moment he told Amanda following the horrific accident, that she could end their relationship.

Jonathan Goodwin and Amanda Abbington
Jonathan Goodwin and Amanda Abbington

“I did say, you have a get out of jail free card – if you want to walk away, then I completely understand and she told me not to be so stupid and that was that,” he said.

Amanda added: “We are closer and tighter than ever - every day is a joy… Life’s too short – that’s what I’ve realised through all of this. Just be in the moment.

“He’s a total inspiration to me. He’s an idiot - but I’m a wally so it’s fine,” she joked.

The couple also talked about their upcoming wedding later this year after deciding to get engaged “within half an hour” of first meeting.

Jonathan Goodwin on stage on America's Got Talent and (right) in hospital following his fall.
Jonathan Goodwin on stage on America's Got Talent and (right) in hospital following his fall.

“He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs,” she told Jay Rayner on the Out To Lunch podcast.

“Third degree burns, broke his spine, severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.

“He’s just been in rehab since October… He’s paralysed now, he’s in a wheelchair. Unless there’s a kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he’ll be like that [forever].”

NBC promoted AGT: Extreme, an eight-episode spin-off from its highly successful America’s Got Talent series, as a showcase of “the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply cannot be confined to a theatre stage”.

Production on the show, which was set to broadcast in 2022, was suspended following the accident to “focus on the wellbeing of crew”.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV and on the ITV Hub.


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