Bear Grylls is a British adventurer and television presenter who shot to prominence with his show Man vs. Wild in 2006. The survival skills he learned from his military experience and his passion for wilderness from a young age helped him educate his global audience weekly. He has enraptured viewers by attempting some unconventional stunts like drinking his urine, eating snakes, wrestling alligators, free climbing waterfalls, climbing cliffs, eating crawling insects, etc. He has suffered many injuries throughout his career but has always come back stronger and fitter, inspiring millions of fans with his dedication and commitment to his craft.
- A barge moored by the Battersea bridge on the River Thames in England
- Saint Tudwal’s Island, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
Bear studied at London’s private school Eaton House and went on to attend the independent preparatory boarding school Ludgrove School.
Furthermore, he attended Eton College where he actually started the college’s first mountaineering club. While at the University of West of England, he learned Spanish and German.
In 2002, he graduated from Birkbeck, University of London with a 2:2 bachelor’s degree and acquired part-time in Hispanic studies.
Bear is represented by The Scout Association in London.
Girlfriend / Spouse
Bear has dated –
- Shara Cannings Knight (2000-Present) – Bear met Shara Cannings Knight for the first time on a beach in Scotland, a few months before he climbed Mount Everest in 1998. It was New Year’s Eve and oddly enough, Bear was n*ked as his clothes were swept away by a wave. Their courtship didn’t extend for long as they tied the knot in 2000. They attended relationship counseling immediately after getting married, not owing to existing problems but to cement their bond and ensure longevity in their marriage. Together, they are parents to 3 boys – Marmaduke, Jesse, and Huckleberry.
- Aquiline nose
- Mole on his right cheek
- Double chin
Bear has done endorsement work for the following brands –
- Sure Deodorant
- Degree Deodorant
- Colgate-Palmolive’s Irish Spring Bodywash (Print ads) (2017)
- Trail Mix Crunch Cereal
- Alpha Course
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance in 2002 in the comedy game show Through the Keyhole as himself.
Bear has always been physically agile but it was only after training with that he discovered a revolutionary approach to fitness. His training plan consisted of using kettlebells, bodyweight moves, and primal stretching in short high-intensity workouts all done in a span of 30 minutes.
It helped build his function and form as he soon found himself being leaner, stronger, and more flexible. The high-intensity workouts helped him build an endurable body with improved heart and lung capacities while exercising as well as a higher VO2 max, which is a measure of the maximum oxygen intake during strenuous workouts.
Like most people, he struggled with eating healthy as the good stuff rarely ever tasted nice. So, he experimented with many recipes that were nutritious and left him feeling energized and active throughout the day, all the while being high on taste.
A big step in this direction was replacing pasta, milk, cheese, sugar, and bread with healthier alternatives like quinoa, oat milk, yeast flakes, dates, and raw bread ingredients. Additionally, he opted for meat and fish which are organic and lean. He also follows an 80/20 rule where 80% of his diet is healthy and allows himself the cheat days for the remaining 20% which includes alcohol occasionally.
Bear Grylls Facts
- He was given the nickname ‘Bear’ by his sister Lara when he was a week old.
- Bear learned to climb and sail from a young age as he accompanied his father, who was a member of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. While he was a teenager, he earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate and also learned to skydive.
- He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
- Grylls made a world record to his name when he hosted the highest open-air dinner party at 25,000 feet in the sky at a table suspended below a hot air balloon in June 2005. He along with balloonist and mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal were dressed in full mess dress and oxygen masks. This event was in aid of The Prince’s Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
- He was given the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Marine Reserve in 2004. He also became the recipient of the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve in 2013.
- He started serving in the British 21 SAS in 1994 as a trooper. He was well-versed in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, parachuting, climbing, and explosives. After a parachuting accident in Kenya, where his parachute failed to open, he left the Special Air Service in 1997.
- He successfully climbed the summit of Mount Everest on May 16, 1998. He achieved this feat 18 months after his parachuting accident where he broke 3 vertebrae. As a 23-year-old, he was among the youngest people to have managed it.
- He also climbed the Himalayan mountain Ama Dablam in September 1997 and became the youngest Briton to surmount it at the age of 23. The mountain was once described by Sir Edmund Hillary as “unclimbable”.
- He raised money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution by leading his team to circumnavigate the British Isles on jet skis in 2000. The expedition was completed in about 30 days.
- Bear achieved the distinction of leading the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an 11-meter-long open, rigid inflatable boat. The group of 5 included his longtime friend Mick Crosthwaite, and they faced force 8 gale winds with waves breaking over the boat on their expedition through icebergs from Halifax, Nova Scotia to John o’ Groats in Scotland.
- He embarked on a Parajet paramotor in the Himalayas near Mount Everest in 2007 and began from 4,400 meters. He set the record by reaching 9,000 meters while battling very low oxygen levels and beating the previous record-holder by almost 3,000 meters. He initially planned to cross over Everest but was held back due to the risk of violating the Chinese airspace.
- Bear teamed up with double amputee Al Hodgson and Scotsman Freddy MacDonald to set a Guinness world record for the longest continuous indoor freefall in 2008. The trio broke the record using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes by surpassing the previous record holders (a US team) by a few seconds.
- He guided a team of 5 members to take an ice-breaking rigid-inflatable boat through the ice-strewn Northwest Passage spanning 2,500 miles. His expedition raised awareness about the effects of global warming and raised money for the children’s charity Global Angels.
- Grylls has written several books throughout his career from his debut Facing Up (UK) / The Kid Who Climbed Everest (US). It was followed by Facing the Frozen Ocean and , Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures.
- He is also the author of the children’s adventure survival book series called Mission Survival. The books in this series include Mission Survival: Way of the Wolf, Mission Survival: Sands of the Scorpion, Mission Survival: Tracks of the Tiger, and Mission Survival: Claws of the Crocodile.
- He has released 3 thriller novels with the protagonist character of Will Jaeger; Ghost Flight (2015), Burning Angels (2016), and The Hunt (The Devil’s Sanctuary in US) (2018).
- His autobiography Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography was released in 2012.
- His show Man vs. Wild faced a backlash in 2006 after a programme consultant had revealed that Bear actually stayed in a motel on some nights of shooting. The viewers felt misled as they considered the whole set up to be staged. The host later apologized and the show followed a transparent approach with the future episodes carrying a disclaimer and clear clarification when Bear received outside help from crew members in the shooting of an episode.
- In August 2015, he came under the fire for leaving his young son Jesse on Saint Tudwal’s Island alongside the North Wales coast. He was rescued safely from the approaching tide by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as a part of their weekly practice missions. But the crew did not appreciate having a young child involved in the practice rescue mission.
- In 2012, he launched the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the UK, USA (2013), and China (2016). The academy includes several courses that teach essential survival skills to children, parents, and adults. In addition, they also have team building and leadership courses for corporates and events.
- A video game titled Man vs. Wild, based on his famous show was released in 2011.
- In addition to his many professional commitments, he is also a motivational speaker who has given speeches to corporations, schools, churches, and other organizations.
- In July 2009, he became the youngest Chief Scout, at the age of 35, succeeding Peter Duncan’s 5-year term. He is the 10th person to hold the position and remained in this role till 2018.
- His show Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014) featured many celebrities who participated in a 2-day trip in the wilderness. Some of the famous names include ex-President , , , and among others.
- His charity work is equally diverse, having raised money for various organizations like The Prince’s Trust, of which he is an ambassador, Global Angels, SSAFA Forces Help, Hope and Homes for Children, and Care for Children.
- Visit his official website @ beargrylls.com.
- Follow him on , , and .
Featured Image by Bear Grylls / Instagram
Facts of Edward Michael Grylls
- Gender Male
- full nameEdward Michael Grylls
- birthplaceDonaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland
- ethnicity / ethnic backgroundEnglish, Irish, Cornish, 1/32 Jewish (Sephardi and Ashkenazi), as well as Scottish and Welsh
- net worth$25 million
- professionChief Scout, Adventurer, Author, Motivational Speaker, Television Presenter
- weight78 kg or 172 lbs
- height5 ft 11½ in or 182 cm
- hair colorBlonde
- eye colorGreen
- body type / buildAthletic
- collegeUniversity of London
- motherLady Sarah Grylls
- fatherSir Michael Grylls
- brothersLara Fawcett
- favorite moviesGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
- favorite tv showMacGyver (1985), The A-Team (1983)
- favorite booksThe Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart, A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz, Under The Wire: Beseiged and Critically Wounded, My Escape From Syria by Paul Conroy, As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me by Josef M Bauer, Skeletons Of The Zahara by Dean King, Questions Of Life by Nicky Gumbel, Amazing Grace: The Unbroken Spirit Of A Japanese Prisoner Of War by Grace Brown, The Gates of Hell by Professor Andrew Lambert, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Zero Six Bravo by Damien Lewis