Laurence Cardwell - SurvivorUK 3

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 28 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • SurvivorUK 3 (2023) - 7th place, 12th out - 5th juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 13 (Day 28).

Laurence Cardwell on social media: twitter | Instagram

Laurence Cardwell - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
SurvivorUK 3 1.70 7.62 0.22 5 7 9 0.54 1.41 - - - 0.77 3.12
Career 1.70 7.62 0.22 5 7 9 0.54 1.41 - - - 0.77 3.12


Laurence Cardwell - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile


Tribal: VFB% percentile


Tribal: rVAP percentile


Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.


Laurence Cardwell - Challenge record
SurvivorUK 3 logo  SurvivorUK 3 challenges

Ep7 RC - Chain Reaction

Tribal/team challenge record (5-for-15):

  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.1 RC: "Crate Improvisation" - Caletón is first to the beach, but fire collapses, and Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.1 IC: "Dead Weight" - Holds weight throughout, but Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.2 RC: "By Any Means" - Scores a point vs. Hannah, but Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.2 IC: "The Raft and the Furious" - Retrieves a crate, builds the tower, and finally, Caletón wins.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.3 IC: "Hot Pursuit" - Lasts to the end, Caletón wins.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.4 RC: "Trench Run" - Scores a point vs. Pegleg; Caletón wins.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.4 IC: "Discy Business" - Places blocks, but Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.5 RC: "Sumo at Sea" - Not shown competing, but both tribes win.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.5 IC: "High and Mighty" - Struggles on the balance beam; Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.6 IC: "Pole Axed" - Loads weight, but Caletón wins.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.7 RC: "Chain Reaction" - Drops final disc with Pegleg; Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.7 IC: "Cell Block Sea" - Caletón has a huge lead until the puzzle, loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.8 IC: "When It Rains" - Last out, barely over 2 min., Caletón loses.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.11 RC: "Shut Your Trap" - Scores vs. Matthew, but is captain of the losing team.
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.12 RC: "Hold Up" - With Pegleg, first pair out after Laurence pulls the wrong peg.


Ep12 IC - On the Ropes

Individual challenge record (1-for-5): (Mean % finish: 69.1%)

  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.9 IC: "A Leg Up" - Disqualified for touching his leg, circa 15 minutes in (8th/11).
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.10 IC: "Last Gasp" - Seventh out, lasting over 70 minutes (4th/10).
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.11 IC: "Get a Grip" - Last person to drop out, over 1 hour in (2nd/9)
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.12 IC: "On the Ropes" - Takes his time in final stage, and and Laurence wins! (1st/8).
  • SurvivorUK 3 Ep.13 IC: "High Step Back" - One of six people to not win (tie-2nd/7).


Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-0):

  • SurvivorUK 3: None.
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 5
Played: 15
Win%: 0.33
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 1
Played: 5
Win%: 0.20
Mean % Finish: 69.1%
Hero challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 0
Win%: --
Mean % Finish: --
Laurence Cardwell - Tribal Council record
SurvivorUK 3 logo  SurvivorUK 3 Tribal

Ep12 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • SurvivorUK 3, Ep. 3: Declines an opportunity to receive an idol clue at the Outpost (Day 6).


VFB - Votes for the person booted (5/9*):

*Caletón attended Ep4 Tribal, but voted Leilani to La Nena, not out (not counted)


VAP - Votes against (7):

  • SurvivorUK 3, Ep. 5: Two votes, from Jess and Rachel.
  • SurvivorUK 3, Ep. 13: Five votes, from Christopher, Hannah, Matthew, Nathan, and Pegleg (voted out, 5-1-1).


Jury votes made (1/1):

Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols
Found: 0
Played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 5
Tribals: 9*
VAP: 7
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Laurence Cardwell - Pictures
SurvivorUK 3 logo  SurvivorUK 3 image gallery
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    On the boat, Day 1
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    Caletón leading, Ep1 RC
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep1 IC
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    Caletón loses
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    Caletón, Ep1 Tribal Council
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    Listening to Leilani
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    Watching the wrestling, Ep2 RC
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 IC
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    Building the tower
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    Caletón wins!
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    Talking about his Outpost decision-making, Ep3
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    A big fish for the tribe!
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    Starting line, Ep3 IC
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    Starting to catch up
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    Tagging Christopher, and Caletón wins!
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    Talking about telling more of his tribe about the Outpost, Ep4
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    There's an idol here, Tinuke
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep4 RC
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    Barbecue cheers!
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    Eating food is good!
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    Holding up the stack, Ep4 IC
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    Caletón, Ep4 Tribal
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 RC
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    Joel shows up in camp with reward items after the tie
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    Crossing obstacles, Ep5 IC
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    Plotting with Tinuke and Matthew
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    Caletón, Ep5 Tribal
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    Listening to Joel
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    Greeting the new tribemates, Ep6 swap
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep6 IC
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    Ep6 IC, still going
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    Plotting with Shai, Ep7
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    Talking about the plan
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    Starting line, Ep7 RC
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    Last Caletón pair, about to drop
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    That's not right, Ep7 IC
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    Losing tribe, back at camp
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    Caletón, Ep7 Tribal
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    Listening to Joel
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    Reading letters from home, Ep8
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    Starting line, Ep8 IC
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    Last Caletón to drop out
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    We're voting Pegleg, right?
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    Actually, the plan is Nathan
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    Caletón, Ep8 Tribal
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    It's the merge! Ep9
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    But first, an auction
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    Starting line, Ep9 IC
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    Calena, Ep9 Tribal
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    Listening to Joel
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    Last Gasping, Ep10 IC
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    Calena, Ep10 Tribal
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    Team Laurence, Ep11 RC
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    Getting a Grip, Ep11 IC
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    Calena, Ep11 Tribal
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    Starting pegs, Ep12 RC
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    Picked for reward by Chris and Matty
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    Confessional with appropriate food and drink
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    Starting line for the second stage, Ep12 IC
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    Leading, final stage
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    Laurence wins immunity!
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    Not planning to vote for Tinuke
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    Calena, Ep12 Tribal
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    Listening to Christopher
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    Checking out the lobster trap, Ep13
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    Stacking blocks, Ep13 IC
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    Calena, Ep13 Tribal
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    Listening to Joel
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    Listening to Pegleg
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    The fifth member of our jury...
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    Snuffed, Day 28 (Episode 13)
Laurence Cardwell - Interviews
SurvivorUK 3 logo  SurvivorUK 3 interviews

Pre-game interviews

  • None yet.


Post-game interviews

  • Shannon Guss at RHAP (12/13/23): "Survivor UK | Week 7 Exit Interview w/ 5th and 6th Jurors "
Laurence Cardwell - Bio
SurvivorUK 3 logo  SurvivorUK 3 bio

Official BBC SurvivorUK 3 bio excerpts (10/14/23):

"What made you want to be a contestant on Survivor? Coming across Survivor and getting chosen to be one of the contestants was an enormous coincidence as I run a health-tech start-up selling anti-hangover capsules with the same name as the show! The show hit the spot as I felt I’d become too comfortable in life and I’ve come to depend on all sorts of unnecessary creature comforts. It was time to shake things up a bit and prove to myself that I could live on bare necessities, in order to appreciate the luxuries of life. I wanted to see whether my character would remain the same when put to the test, or whether I would crack under pressure like most other fellow soft millennials.

I also celebrate absurdity - and instead of doing the rational thing and working in some dull accountancy firm towards buying an overpriced house and a boring retirement, I would much rather do something absurd like this. I crave new experiences. As George Mallory said, on why he wanted to climb Everest: “Because it is there.” And finally, I thought I could at least make a big enough fool of myself on national television to amuse myself for the next few years.

What qualities did you think you’d bring to the game? I’m no Arnold Schwarzenegger in terms of biceps, or Machiavelli in cunning - nor did I know much about the show itself before starting. So, all I could rely upon is being the source of good morale through buffoonery, and the ability to adapt to everything and everywhere as a product of globalism and having worked in 11 countries. Crucially, the hidden ace up my sleeve was having the home field advantage, having grown up just around the corner in Costa Rica – consequently speaking fluent Spanish, and knowing the geography, flora, and fauna like the back of my hand. What was for some a foreign and hostile environment was for me my childhood although admittedly with less air conditioning and food!

How did you prepare yourself mentally and physically for taking part? I bought a flint and proceeded to practice setting fire to the kitchen, much to my family’s horror. I asked a friend to join me at a Thai restaurant famous for serving bugs and forced myself to eat every creepy crawly in sight. I went all-out on sports – convincing a terrifying Austrian Schwarzenegger-lookalike to be my coach. He nailed it by brutalising me daily with cruel and unusual forms of exercise. On top of this, I did a fair amount of rock climbing, allowed my father to thrash me thrice at squash, a lot of long-distance running, and some strange balancing acts in the garden.

I had not watched a single full episode of Survivor, so I set about absorbing Survivor highlights and strategy reels on YouTube, and reading forums and Quora articles chock-full of advice, with questionable results. I did, however, absorb various books on survival skills, and very geographically specific books on flora and fauna.

Did you have a strategy for how you were going to play the game? My aim was to play the role of harmless buffoon or village idiot (comes naturally!), and get along with my fellow tribemates, building strong relationships all while having a laugh. I aimed to avoid politics and would play a neutral Switzerland. The goal was to avoid coming across as a threat, and thereby placing a target on my back. Consistency and integrity – before bringing out the dagger when necessary!

How competitive are you? Though I’d hate to come across as competitive, I secretly am. To compare myself to a swimming duck – I’d always want to appear cool as a cucumber on the surface, while paddling like a madman underneath the water.

What kind of challenges were you most looking forward to? All looked intimidating to me. I looked at the endurance challenges with a combination of fascination and dread – a chance to prove oneself through pain. I was certainly keen to avoid the puzzle challenges as that risked quickly puncturing any perception of me as a clever cookie.

How did you cope with living on a beach with no home comforts? Living on a beach with none of the comforts of home combined many things I hate – excess heat bordering on 40 degrees at 90% humidity (I’m a particularly 'sweaty Betty’), no booze, no lip balm (you’d be surprised), clouds of mosquitoes, and severe sleep deprivation. However, experiencing these was part of my motivation for joining Survivor in the first place – testing myself.

Two coping mechanisms proved to be crucial bits of self-care. A strong morning routine, which involved going to the far edge of the beach at sunrise, away from the others, offering up a cheeky prayer, doing some improvised yoga, and finishing it off by pulling down my underpants, and going for a liberating skinny dip amidst the azure waves. And secondly, sneaking off for a nap whenever I could in a hidden cave I had to myself.

How did you cope with the hunger? At first, I felt triumphant as I knew hunger was going to be a big problem so I had prepared through some fairly intense intermittent fasting beforehand, thereby getting my body used to not eating at regular mealtimes, and capable of enduring long stretches without food. I was surrounded by some world-class athletes who were used to eating 4,000 calories a day, and were suddenly operating on nothing, and they were really suffering. However, their advantage kicked in when they had big stores of energy in their muscles (or fat), while skinny beanstalk Laurence had nothing left. Either way, throughout I was always a professional bottom-of-pot scraper, and became an expert forager and even caught one particularly large hermit crab, which we cooked and ate with shell and all – resulting in me chipping a tooth.

What did you learn from being on the show or what is the biggest takeaway? Though I came out weak, bedraggled and wearing rags, I came out considerably stronger. I achieved the impossible for a Brit - lasting more than a day without tea, coffee, or a drink – the latter of which was certainly a whacking surprise to the liver. I learnt not only how to set aside comforts, but actively embrace discomfort – be that enduring six wasp stings in a row, starvation or swarms of mosquitoes.

Ultimately, I came to realise that I don’t need very much at all to be broadly happy – keeping busy, a well-cooked batch of rice and beans, good friends, a roof over one’s head, quality sleep, and perhaps a solid sunset. Everything else we have is a bonus and yet often in our day-to-day lives we are weighed down and made miserable by all these add-ons. I certainly came out with a very real appreciation for life – and learnt some new skills along the way, such as how to crack a coconut and cook a hermit crab."