Roderick Bradley was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1983. He attended Oakham School between 1994 and 2001 before going to Loughborough to study art He graduated in 2004 with a degree in illustration from the school of art and design.
He was found to be dyslexic at an early age, causing him trouble academically in school.
He became interested in art and spent much of his time drawing in exercise books
Eventually Rod started to play American football. In the European championships he suffered a seemingly career-ending injury to his knee, leaving his lower leg almost detached from the upper after ligament tears. After months of rehabilitation and surgery he could walk again, but medical advice suggested an end to his sporting career.
Currently, Rod is the wide receiver for the London Blitz American football club
He captained the team in the 2007 BritBowl and the Blitz came away with the title. Bradley is a freelance artist and design urban clothing for Rudey Arts and new sportswear for Player Layer.
Rod supports many charities including the Vitiligo Society and is a great supporter of sports in schools. Since 2008 Rod has been known as the gladiator "Spartan".
Bradley was selected to become one of the 12 new on Sky 1"s revival of the 1990s cult television series of the same name.
As Spartan, his tagline is: His application came about by chance. While working in a hotel, he met Ian Wright, who later got him an audition. Once Rod got the audition he had to go through a variety of tests, including role play.
People who had audition were dropping easily, meaning that to be a Gladiator one not only needed to be musculous, but also very athletic.
In the first series of, Kirsty Gallagher nicknamed Rod as the "Flirt In a Skirt" and Rod was also nicknamed the "Duel King" due to his near perfect record with a pugil stick in the game "Duel". In 2009, Bradley launched Simply Baselayer, a concern for the manufacture of high-tech sports equipment.
The business is headquartered in Grantham with manufacturing in Nottingham.
Before joining the Blitz, he was selected to become a member of the Great British Lions squad and has competed at county and regional level as a swimmer and rugby player.