Ben Fogle is a man of many roles - adventurer, author, broadcaster and writer - and a master of all of them. He's probably best known as a wildlife presenter on numerous TV programmes aired by the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. These include the BBC’s Animal Park, Wild in Africa, Wild on the West Coast, Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Country Tracks, Crufts and three series of the adventure show Extreme Dreams. From 2001 to 2008, Ben appeared on the hit BBC show Countryfile, with John Craven, during which he reported on a number of the UK's odd rural pastimes; he rejoined the programme in 2014.
Ben has visited many fascinating - and sometimes challenging - countries during various extraordinary journeys for TV shows, including Tristan da Cunha, Pitcairn, St Helena, East Timor, Nepal, Namibia, Kenya, the Arctic Circle, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Libya, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Tahiti, Maldives, Tanzania and Morocco.
He had published five books about his adventures, including The Teatime Islands: Journey’s to Britain’s Faraway Outposts (in search of the remaining islands in the British Empire), and Offshore: In Search Of An Island Of My Own, both published by Penguin. With friend and Olympic Gold medallist James Cracknell he co-authored The Crossing: Conquering The Atlantic In The World's Toughest Rowing Race (published by Atlantic Books) and Race to the Pole: Conquering Antarctica In The World's Toughest Endurance Race (published by Macmillan); these latter two books were Sunday Times bestsellers. His first travel memoir, The Accidental Adventurer, was published by Transworld in 2011.
Ben writes a weekly Diary for the Sunday Telegraph, and has also had articles published in numerous other newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sun, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Evening Standard and The New York Times. His charity sporting achievements have included beating actor Sid Owen in a three-round boxing match for BBC Sport Relief. He has also completed a number of marathons and other runs: the Marathon Des Sables, a one hundred and sixty mile, six day race across the Sahara Desert, which he ran for World Wildlife Fund (WWF); the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya for the Tusk Trust; the BUPA Great North Run; the London Marathon; and the Royal Parks Half Marathon, amongst others.
Endurance should be Ben's middle name! In 2000, he volunteered to be marooned on Taransay, a remote windswept island in the Outer Hebrides, as part of the BBC’s big millennium project, entitled Castaway 2000. Five years later, in 2005, he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with oarsman James Cracknell in 49 days, setting the British pairs record (Ben has Ocean Yachtmaster and coastal skipper certificates, and is a qualified Dinghy sailor; he also has a NAUI Scuba licence).
Amongst many richly deserved accolades, Ben has won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for the highly acclaimed Through Hell and High Water, and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Portsmouth. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and also for the Tusk Trust, and is a keen supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, as well as Shelterbox and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Plus, he is President of the Campaign for National Parks.
Ben is one of the UK's best-loved television presenters and the perfect choice for Motivational events, as well as Awards Hosting and After-dinner Speaking - his enthralling tales of many adventures across the world will keep you on the edge of your seat! Please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements, or fill-out the online form on our website.
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