James Crossely, aka Hunter from Gladiators, shares very cheeky 1990s snap with a Corrie star!

James Crossley - aka Hunter from Gladiators - breaks world record for lifting the famous Dinnie Stones!
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Back in 1996 James was Rear of the Year!

James Crossley, better known as Hunter from Gladiators, has shared a funny snap of himself and former Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw together after they won the 1996 Rear of the Year title!

At the time, James was battling it out as Hunter on ITV primetime hit Gladiators, while Tracy, 44, was starring as hairdresser Maxine Peacock in Coronation Street - Tracy left Corrie in 2003.

James, 44, wrote on Instagram, “And then of course my most prestigious trophy… When my back end peaked. Rear of The Year 1996 With Tracy Shaw.”

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The Rear of the Year prize is still going, of course, with Countdown star Rachel Riley and Luther actor Idris Elba being awarded the light-hearted title last year.

Meanwhile, James made an unlikely appearance on a political show last night, appearing on BBC1’s This Week alongside journalist Miranda Green.

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And back in April James broke the world record for lifting the famous Dinnie Stones. The previous record was 33.9 seconds and James set a new time of 34.58 seconds as he lifted the two enormous rocks at the Old Potarch Hotel in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Meanwhile, Tracy Shaw has recently filmed a horror movie called Monster!

Hunter pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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