Raphael Rowe, the host of the Netflix documentary series Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, had spent 12 years in prison for the crime he hadn't committed.

The British broadcaster's breath-taking backstory has garnered numerous curiosities, but none more so than the mysterious scar that runs down his left cheek.

But Rowe, who had never addressed queries regarding the scar before, has finally revealed the story behind it in his book 'Notorious,' released on December 20, 2020.

Rowe Reveals Where to Know the Secret behind His Scar

The Pilgrimage: The Road To Santiago cast has always been vocal about the psychological scars that prison inflicts on individuals.

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But he has rarely addressed the story behind a physical scar on his left cheek. His silence also led fans to make all kinds of speculations.


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Many believed that the BBC journalist got the scar before imprisonment. Before the wrongful conviction, the 53-year-old broadcaster had previous convictions, including one for malicious wounding.

Others hypothesized on Reddit that the scar must have been a result of some fights while he was on the 12-year prison sentence.

But for good, Rowe finally addressed the question in a tweet back in July 2020. He stated that the story behind the scar would, at last, be revealed in his book 'Notorious.'

He explained that one needs to visit his website, sign up or order his book, read it, and eventually find out the story behind his scar. 

'Notorious' Also Includes Gripping Tales from His Prison Life

In 2000, the media personality talked about some of the terrible things he experienced as a prisoner during an interview with Guardian. He shared one incident where some men had boiling water thrown on them in a row and later got their skin peeled off.

The book 'Notorious' seems to give an account of many of such events.


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“For the first time ever, this book will walk you through my improbable personal journey with brutal honesty. The good, the bad, and the ugly. My story, combined with an exceptional journey to the forefront of investigative journalism, remains unparalleled," Rowe stated on his website.

He has also teased excerpts from the book on social media, where he described his fight with another prisoner, someone much larger and bulkier.

He Keeps His Family Life Private

Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter in February 2021, Rowe talked about his book and why he hadn't included all his life stories out in there. He explained that he was a private person and therefore wished to reveal only those things that he thought should be known by people.

He went on to share that it was also the first time he revealed that he is married and has a wife and children.

I’ve been quite a private person. So for example, I’ve never talked about my wife and children anywhere, at any point, and so in my book it’s the first time that I reveal that I’m even married.

Previously, before his imprisonment, he also had a girlfriend named Nancy Stanley and a son, who was 12-year-old in 2000. 

His Life Story Is a Lesson of Perseverance

In 1988, at the age of 19, Rowe was sentenced to life imprisonment for a false charge of murder and robbery. But in 2000, after spending 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal finally overturned the wrongful convictions.

He was then released from the undeserved incarceration. Upon release, he was so out of touch that people mocked him for being unable to use a mobile phone.

In an interview with BBC, the Netflix star shared that he faced difficulties interacting with women. He also mentioned that opening doors felt uneasy because he never had to open a door in prison.

Despite all odds, Rowe found a way to bounce back by taking a proactive approach.

During incarceration, he had studied Journalism through a correspondence course. In addition to that, the author garnered several broadcast and print journalists' interest during the long campaign for justice.

The education proved advantageous for the aspiring journalist, as he got an insight into the world of reporting. So much so, he became the first mixed-race to report for Today, The Six O'Clock News, and Panorama.

The TV host thus re-established himself as a highly respected journalist. Now, his message is simple: he states on his website, "Wherever you are in life at the present time, don’t think you are going be in the same place in 5 years’ time, because your life can and will change."

"The key is what you do as an individual to bring about those changes. Do you sit down and wait or take charge of your own destiny?”