I’m A Celeb legend unrecognisable with no hair after moving to live with gurus in Nepal

Kiosk Kev
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! star looks different (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star looks unrecognisable after a life-changing adventure in Nepal.

Although his name is Mark Herlaar, fans of the ITV reality series know him best as Kiosk Kev.

Since 2018, he’s been in charge of the Outback Shack, which is visited by two celebrities after the daily Dingo Dollar Challenge. They have the opportunity to exchange their coinage for an edible prize. However, the campmates back at the base must correctly answer a question. If they are incorrect, Kev slams down the shutter.

While he’s known for his moody demeanour on the programme, he has shared more of his real self on Instagram.

The TV star, who uses the nickname Tarzan, recently spent time in Nepal with gurus and immersed himself in a spiritual journey.

During the trip, he shaved off his long hair to go completely bald but kept his beard. He also got a new name – Guru Markandrya. Why have one name when you can have four?

Mark Herlaar in Nepal
Mark spent time in Nepal (Picture: Instagram/ @tarzan_survivor_au)
In the snaps and videos from the trip so far he’s dressed in plain clothing and spending time with locals.

‘I’m back and what a ride,’ he told followers.

‘Everything I saw in my vision 8 years ago has manifested and even more on different levels .. New hair cut new title Guru Markandeya das.’

Mark Herlaar in Nepal
Mark had a lifechanging experience (Picture: Instagram/ @tarzan_survivor_au)
He added that an ashram, which is a spiritual building, was being built in his honour and a foundation.

‘There’s a foundation being formed called the Markandeya foundation to feed the poor, heal the sick and care for orphans and much much more ..

‘Such a big story and I look forward to you all joining me on this Adventure .. Thanks to everyone who has already been an amazing part of this vision .. And for those that will.’

Mark Herlaar on Survivor
Mark was a contestant on Survivor (Picture: © Ten)
Mark originally found fame in 2017 as a contestant on Australia’s Survivor, where he went by the nickname Tarzan.

The show follows a group of contestants who are marooned in an isolated island location, where they must provide food, water, fire and shelter for themselves and compete in challenges. He lasted 11 days before being voted off, before returning for an all-star in 2020.

The UK version was hosted by Joel Dommett last year but wasn’t an instant hit.

Mark as Kiosk Kev in ITV's I'm A Celebrity
Kiosk Kev is a popular character on the series (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
One year after his first Survivor series, Mark was given the opportunity on I’m A Celeb after Kiosk Keith departed the series.

The persona of Keith was played by builder and father of four Raymond Grant. He was originally recruited to work on the show in 2002 as a labourer, before being given the on-camera role in 2013 after producers realised his potential. It was alleged he was let go from the show after turning up drunk.

After taking over, Mark said: ‘I love working on this show great people great site and of course, I’m always at home in any jungle. So if you’re not familiar with the show give ’em a follow and stick around it be fun.’

Off-screen, Mark is a lime farmer and the owner of Manifest Kombucha which he runs with his wife of 38 years, Natalie.

Before he left for Nepal, he revealed that getting some fame was part of a bigger plan.

‘I’m off to Nepal to visit some gurus who have invited me to come and paid for all my expenses as well. I was told a message some 8 years ago which actually involved getting some fame.

‘As you know I’ve done two seasons of Australian Survivor and I’m fortunate enough to also be in I’m a celebrity get me out of here UK version,’ he wrote.

‘But this part of the journey is really heating up and well I’m basically answering the call to go.’

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