Where is the ‘Solo Man’ now? Actor who starred in iconic soft drinks ad is unrecognisable now – as he resurfaces in a Cambodian police mugshot accused of drug offences

  • Mark Robert Coutelas featured in a TV ad series for Schweppes Solo in the 1980s
  • Specialised forces raided Coutelas’ home in Cambodia at 4.30am last Friday
  • Police allegedly seized four packages of white crystalline powder and cannabis
  • Coutelas and his female friend, Tok Chany, 35, were detained for questioning 

A former Australian actor who appeared in the iconic ‘Solo Man’ Schweppes ad from the 1980s has been arrested in Cambodia after allegedly being found with drugs.  

Mark Robert Coutelas, 60, featured in a popular TV commercial series for Solo, The Thirst Crusher, in the mid-1980s.

Specialised forces raided Coutelas’ home at Kampong Bay South Village, Kampot City in southwestern Cambodia at 4.30am on Friday September 25.

Police allegedly seized four packages of white crystalline powder and a package of cannabis.

Specialised forces raided Mark Robert Coutelas' home at Kampong Bay South Village, Kampot City in southwestern Cambodia at 4.30am on Friday September 25.

Specialised forces raided Mark Robert Coutelas’ home at Kampong Bay South Village, Kampot City in southwestern Cambodia at 4.30am on Friday September 25.

Police allegedly seized four packages of white crystalline powder and a package of cannabis

Police allegedly seized four packages of white crystalline powder and a package of cannabis

Coutelas featured in a popular TV commercial series for Solo, The Thirst Crusher, in the mid-1980s

Coutelas featured in a popular TV commercial series for Solo, The Thirst Crusher, in the mid-1980s 

Coutelas and his female friend, Tok Chany, 35, were detained for questioning, but it’s not known if they have been charged. 

Deputy Chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti-Drug Department Lieutenant Colonel Keo Sothearith said the packages weighed a total of 20kg.

‘According to the police investigation, the drugs are suspected to have been brought across the Cambodian-Laos border to the capital,’ Lt Col Sothearith, told Khmer Times.

‘After transportation, someone attempted to conceal the drugs, hiding them in a garbage pile where they were unlikely to be found.’

The former actor has a history of arrests for drug use across South East Asia.

Coutelas was arrested in 2017 in the Cambodian resort of Sihanoukville for using and selling ice. 

He served time behind bars for unlawful transporting or trafficking of narcotics.

In Phuket, Thailand in 2014, Coutelas was sentenced to two years behind bars for  possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of an illegal hand gun and ammunition. 

In 2015, he was released early on parole, then deported.

Coutelas’ fall from grace comes after a successful career in osteopathy in Australia.

He moved to Cambodia in 2016 and set up a practice called Back Pain Solutions in Sihanoukville. 

In Phuket, Thailand in 2014, Coutelas was sentenced to two years behind bars for possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of an illegal hand gun and ammunition

In Phuket, Thailand in 2014, Coutelas was sentenced to two years behind bars for possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of an illegal hand gun and ammunition

Coutelas was arrested in 2017 in the Cambodian resort of Sihanoukville for using and selling ice

Coutelas was arrested in 2017 in the Cambodian resort of Sihanoukville for using and selling ice

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