Bear Grylls

Mostly Credited As: Bear Grylls
Birth Name: Edward Michael Bear Grylls
Date Of Birth: June 07, 1974 (Age 41)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Isle of Wight, England
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Bear Grylls

Explorer, author and television host Bear Grylls grew up on the Isle of Wight in the UK, where he started to climb with his father as a young boy.

Grylls, who is a Karate black belt, served three years with the Special Air Service, a special forces unit of the British Army, during which time he broke his back in three places while parachuting over Southern Africa.

Despite the accident, he fought back to become the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return alive. Grylls wrote about his experience in his first book The Kid Who Climbed Everest.

He also led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat. His book on this adventure, Facing the Frozen Ocean, was shortlisted as the UK's Sports Book of the Year and Grylls was awarded a commission in the Royal Navy in honor of leading this record-breaking expedition.

In June 2005, Grylls broke a world record by hosting a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet. He rappelled from the balloon's basket to the table, where in full naval uniform he ate a three-course meal, before saluting the Queen and skydiving to earth. The goal was to celebrate the work of the charities The Prince's Trust and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Last year he hosted a TV Series called Escape to the Legion where he took a group of young men to the Western Sahara desert, to undergo the French Foreign Legion's infamous basic training.

His latest project, the Discovery Channel series Man vs. Wild, premieres Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often get lost with no idea what to do. As he finds his way back to civilization, he demonstrates localized survival techniques along the way, including escaping quicksand in the Moab, navigating dangerous river currents in Costa Rica, building a snow shelter in the Alps, and spearing fish in Hawaii.

Bear lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their young sons Jesse and Marmaduke.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Celebrity Survivor (2015) (2015)As: Himself (Host)
Bear Grylls: Misson Survive (2015)As: Himself (Presenter)
Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls (2015)As: Himself
The Island with Bear Grylls (2014)As: Himself (Presenter)
Bear Grylls: Everest After The Avalanche (2014)As: Himself (Host)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014)As: Himself
Bear Grylls: Extreme Survival Caught on Camera (2014)As: Himself (Presenter)
Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell (2013)As: Himself (Presenter)
Get Out Alive (2013) (2013)As: Himself
Bear's Wild Weekends (2011)As: Himself
Worst Case Scenario (2010)As: Himself (Host)
Man vs. Wild (2006)As: Himself (Host)
Escape To The Legion (2005)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002) 
  Series 13, Episode 3 13x03: (Mar/05/2016) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  Series 10, Show 128 10x128: (Feb/18/2016) As Himself 
  December 23, 2011 06x118: (Dec/23/2011) As Himself 
  June 20, 2011 05x229: (Jun/20/2011) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 5, Show 193 05x193: (Jun/04/2015) As Himself 

The Jonathan Ross Show (2011) 
  Ethan Hawke, Bear Grylls, Clare Balding, Kylie Minogue, James Bay 08x11: (Apr/04/2015) As Himself 
  Kylie Minogue, Russell Howard, Bear Grylls, Muse 03x11: (Oct/27/2012) As Himself 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  March 18, 2015 01x229: (Mar/18/2015) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  February 13, 2015 27x110: (Feb/13/2015) As Himself 
  February 21, 2012 24x116: (Feb/21/2012) As Himself 
  June 23, 2011 23x203: (Jun/23/2011) As Himself 
  September 30, 2008 21x22: (Sep/30/2008) As Himself 

Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009) 
  Bear Grylls 12x03: (Sep/19/2014) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 140 63x140: (Jul/25/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Kirsten Dunst, Bear Grylls, Dawn French, Conchita Wurst, Sam Smith 15x07: (May/16/2014) As Himself 
  Cameron Diaz, Bear Grylls, Kathy Griffin, Friendly Fires 09x10: (Jun/17/2011) As Himself 

Blue Peter (1958) 
  The Next Step, Grilling Bear Grylls and Greg Foot 57x28: (May/08/2014) As Himself 

The Michael McIntyre Chat Show (2014) 
  Gary Barlow, Bear Grylls, Nigella Lawson 01x04: (Mar/31/2014) As Himself 

Backchat with Jack Whitehall and his Dad (2013) 
  Series 1, Episode 4 01x04: (Dec/11/2013) As Himself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Deborah Meaden, Bear Grylls 18x26: (Oct/14/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 16, Show 177 16x177: (May/21/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Series 13, Show 192 13x192: (Jun/11/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly (1983) 
  David Spade, Bear Grylls, Justin Silver 31x222: (Jul/09/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Songs of Praise (1961) 
  Fame and Faith 53x18: (May/05/2013) As Himself 

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (UK) (1998) 
  New Year's Special 30x01: (Jan/01/2013) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 11, Episode 49 11x49: (Nov/08/2012) As Himself 

The Million Pound Drop Live (2010) 
  Stand Up To Cancer (Oct/19/2012) As Himself 

Stand Up To Cancer (2012) 
  Stand Up To Cancer 2012 (Oct/19/2012) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Michelle Pfeiffer, Bear Grylls, Snow Patrol 20x79: (May/07/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Zachary Levi, Bear Grylls, Justin Bieber 18x24: (Apr/01/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Jaime Pressly, Adventurer Bear Grylls, Cirque du Soleil: The Beatles - LOVE 15x38: (Nov/15/2006) As Himself 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Lee Evans, Bear Grylls, One Direction 07x05: (Nov/27/2011) As Himself 

8 out of 10 Cats (2005) 
  Patsy Kensit, Chris Ramsey, Sarah Millican, Bear Grylls 11x04: (Jul/08/2011) As Himself 

Wall of Fame (2011) 
  Series 1, Show 3 01x03: (Jul/01/2011) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Zach Braff, Bear Grylls, Tony Bennett 01x122: (Dec/11/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Danny DeVito, Bear Grylls, Phoenix 16x163: (Jun/18/2009) As Himself 
  John Goodman, Bear Grylls, Robyn 15x107: (May/01/2008) As Himself 
  Bear Grylls, Jeremy Piven, Elvis Perkins 14x162: (Jun/13/2007) As Himself 

The Justin Lee Collins Show (2009) 
  Episode 10 01x10: (May/21/2009) As Himself 

Harry Hill's TV Burp (2001) 
  The Best of TV Burp 4 08x15: (Jan/24/2009) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]
  Series 6, Episode 13 06x13: (Apr/14/2007) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 5, Show 4 05x04: (Mar/20/2008) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Adam Corolla, Bear Grylls, Maroon 5 05x101: (Jul/13/2007) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Jessica Alba, Bear Grylls, Paul F. Tompkins 14x156: (Jun/15/2007) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Gordon Ramsay, Tori Spelling, Bear Grylls, Klaxons 12x10: (Jun/01/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Richard & Judy (2001) 
  Series 7, Show 36 07x36: (Mar/19/2007) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Get Out Alive (2013) (2013)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


His father died in 2001.

He spends time as a motivational speaker.

Grylls owns an island on the Welsh coast, which includes a nature reserve, and lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their sons Jesse and Marmaduke.

Led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat.

Broke his back in three places on a parachuting jump over Southern Africa.

Black Belt in Karate.

Climbed Mount Everest.

Served in the British Special Air Services (SAS).

Is an avid skydiver.

In June 2005, Grylls broke a world record by hosting a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet.

More Trivia
Bear Grylls Quotes
On Climbing Everest.
"I remember collapsing to my knees and just crying and crying inside my mask as all those emotions from so long began to flow. Neil and myself, with our oxygen off, just hugged. It is an extraordinary place and you see the curvature of the earth at the edges and at 7.22am we watched as the dawn came up over all the land of Tibet 20,000 ft below." -

"Americans are cool, if you show just a chink of vulnerability, they respond so much. They'll pat you on the arm and say, 'Hey kid, you're all right'. Brits will respond but they are much more cynical."

"I loved climbing because of the freedom, and having time and space. I remember coming off Everest for the last time, thinking of Dad and wishing that he could have seen what I saw. He would have loved it."