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Bear Grylls is an adventurer popularly known for his bizarre survival tactics in reality television series Man vs

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 7, 1974
NationalityBritish
FamousAdventurer, Eton College, Reality TV Personalities, Media Personalities, TV Anchors, TV Presenters, Explorers
Nick namesBear
SpousesShara Grylls
SiblingsLara Fawcett
Known asEdward Michael "Bear" Grylls, Edward Michael Grylls
Childrens Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls, Jesse Grylls, Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls
Universities
  • Eton College
  • Birkbeck
  • University of London
  • Eton College
Humanitarian Works
  • He is an ambassador of ‘The Prince’s Trust’.
Notable Alumnis
  • Eton College
Birth PlaceDonaghadee, Northern Ireland
ReligionCatholicism
Height182cm
GenderMale
FatherMichael Grylls
MotherSarah Grylls
Net Worth$20 million
Sun SignGemini
Born inDonaghadee, Northern Ireland
Famous asAdventurer

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Who is Bear Grylls?

Bear Grylls who is renowned for his reality show ‘Man vs. Wild’, is an adventurer, traveller and explorer. Adventure sports such mountaineering, sailing and sky diving interested him ever since he was a child. He got trained in these sports by his father who was associated with the ‘Royal Yacht Squadron’. He was keen to learn martial arts and at an early age earned a black belt and even became a cub scout when he was eight years old. Adventures are accompanied by risks and demand immense physical as well as mental strength. Bear too had to face many injuries and at one such occasion he even landed up injuring his spine. This courageous individual not only emerged of the bodily injury but also overcame his psychological hindrances. His determination to climb Mount Everest remained undeterred and with his intense determination he again ushered into his adventurous pursuits, when people were sceptical about his locomotive organs being functional. Since then he has been more zealous and has also established himself as a television presenter of reality shows where he embarks on adventures. To know more about his life and works read on

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born to Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Sarah Grylls on 7th June, 1974, in Donaghadee region of Northern Ireland, and christened Edward Michael Grylls. His elder sister is named Lara Fawcett, and it was she who nicknamed him as Bear.

When he was four years old, his family shifted to Bembridge village on the easternmost point of the Isle of Wight. He was trained in climbing and sailing by his father when he was a child. He turned into a cub scout when he was eight years old.

He received education from institutions such as ‘Ludgrove School’ and ‘Eton College. He initiated the establishment of a mountaineering club in the ‘Eton College’.

In his youth, he trained in skydiving and also obtained a black belt in Shotokan karate.

Career

He joined the ‘Territorial Army’ (Army Reserve UK) and worked at the ‘Special Air Service’ unit of the army for three years. He was a combat survival instructor and learnt demolitions, parachuting, unarmed combat, evasive driving and trauma medic.

During this period, he met with an accident which caused him spinal injury. He underwent medication and rehabilitation in order to recover from that injury.

In 1997, he climbed the Mount Ama Dablam and became the youngest British to climb this mountain.

He went hiking in the Himalayan Mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal, and on 26th May, 1998, he climbed Mount Everest and registered his name in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’.

He went on a fund raising expedition for the ‘Royal National Lifeboat Institution’ (RNLI) and led a team on Jet Skis to circumnavigate the UK in the year 2000. This was a pioneering initiative and the expedition took 30 days to complete.

In 2001, his first book ‘The Kid Who Climbed Everest’ was published which narrated his journey to the mountain peak. He then penned another book named ‘Facing the Frozen Ocean’. His third book was entitled ‘Born Survivor: Bear Grylls’, and he authored ‘Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures’

He completed a part-time graduation in Hispanic studies from ‘Birkbeck, University of London’ in 2002. He also attended the ‘University of the West of England’.

In 2003, he went on an expedition to the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean, accompanied by a team comprising five members. They sailed from Nova Scotia to Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and then Scotland.

This adventurer created a new record in 2005, when he along with mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal, leader of the ‘Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team’, organized the highest open-air formal dinner party. The same year, he shot the television series ‘Escape to the Legion’.

He undertook an expedition and led a team to paramotor over Angel Falls, Venezuela, which is the highest waterfall of the world in 2005.

In 2006, his tele-series ‘Man vs. Wild’ was launched which showed how Grylls survived in harsh environments. This show was initially entitled ‘Born Survivor: Bear Grylls’ and was broadcast in UK by this name.

He created a new record in 2007, when he flew a Parajet over the Himalayas. The following year, he accompanied by double amputee Al Hodgson and Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, created a Guinness World Record of the ‘longest continuous indoor freefall’.

In the year 2009, he was made the Chief Scout of ‘The Scout Association’ when he was thirty-five years old. Thus, he became the youngest individual to hold the position of Chief Scout.

This voyager accompanied by a team of five embarked on Northwest Passage expedition in a rigid-inflatable boat sailing through 2,500 miles, in 2010. The same year, he appeared in a Discovery channel show named ‘Worst-Case Scenario’. The following year, he featured in the show ‘Bear’s Wild Weekend’.

In 2011, his book ‘Scouting For All’ was published. He also wrote a series of books under the head ‘Mission Survival’. This series consists of books ‘Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods’, ‘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’.

The explorer inked his autobiography ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography’ in the year 2012. This was followed by the publication of books ‘A Survivor Guide for Life’ and ‘True Grit’

In 2013, he presented the show ‘Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls’, and the same year, ‘Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell’ also premiered. The following year, he hosted the show ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’ which was about thirteen men in a desolate island in the Pacific.

In 2014, his show ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ was launched which featured celebrities such as Tamron Hall, Zac Efron, Tom Arnold, Ben Stiller, Deion Sanders and Channing Tatum.

He hosted another reality show ‘Bear Grylls: Mission Survive’ in 2015 which featured eight celebrities who had to perform certain tasks in order to survive in the show. The winner of the first season was DJ and model Vogue Williams. The show will be back with a new season in 2016.

Major Works

His television show ‘Man v/s Wild’ has been a huge success and has made Grylls an international figure. The adventures he experiences are unique and the survival strategies which he employs are bizarre. This show was launched in the UK as ‘Born Survivor: Bear Grylls’. The show ran for five years and had seven seasons in total.

Awards & Achievements

This voyager was felicitated with an honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2004, in the ‘Royal Naval Reserve’.

In 2013, he was bestowed with an honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.

Personal Life & Legacy

In the year 2000, Bear Grylls married Shara Cannings, and the couple is blessed with three children named Marmaduke, Jesse and Huckleberry.

He is associated with many charitable organizations like ‘The Prince’s Trust’, ‘The JoLt Trust’. Most of his expeditions have been aimed at raising funds for organizations such as ‘Global Angels’, 'The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme', 'Royal National Lifeboat Institution', 'SSAFA Forces Help', 'Hope and Homes for Children'.

Net Worth

This television personality has a net worth of $10 million as per estimations by Celebrity Net Worth.

Trivia

He owns a franchise of the dietary supplements brand ‘Juice Plus’.

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Bear Grylls biography timelines

  • // 7th Jun 1974
    He was born to Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Sarah Grylls on 7th June, 1974, in Donaghadee region of Northern Ireland, and christened Edward Michael Grylls. His elder sister is named Lara Fawcett, and it was she who nicknamed him as Bear.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he climbed the Mount Ama Dablam and became the youngest British to climb this mountain.
  • // 26th May 1998
    He went hiking in the Himalayan Mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal, and on 26th May, 1998, he climbed Mount Everest and registered his name in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’.
  • // 2000
    He went on a fund raising expedition for the ‘Royal National Lifeboat Institution’ (RNLI) and led a team on Jet Skis to circumnavigate the UK in the year 2000. This was a pioneering initiative and the expedition took 30 days to complete.
  • // 2000
    In the year 2000, Bear Grylls married Shara Cannings, and the couple is blessed with three children named Marmaduke, Jesse and Huckleberry.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, his first book ‘The Kid Who Climbed Everest’ was published which narrated his journey to the mountain peak. He then penned another book named ‘Facing the Frozen Ocean’. His third book was entitled ‘Born Survivor: Bear Grylls’, and he authored ‘Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures’
  • // 2002
    He completed a part-time graduation in Hispanic studies from ‘Birkbeck, University of London’ in 2002. He also attended the ‘University of the West of England’.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he went on an expedition to the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean, accompanied by a team comprising five members. They sailed from Nova Scotia to Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and then Scotland.
  • // 2004
    This voyager was felicitated with an honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2004, in the ‘Royal Naval Reserve’.
  • // 2005
    This adventurer created a new record in 2005, when he along with mountaineer David Hempleman-Adams and Lieutenant Commander Alan Veal, leader of the ‘Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team’, organized the highest open-air formal dinner party. The same year, he shot the television series ‘Escape to the Legion’.
  • // 2005
    He undertook an expedition and led a team to paramotor over Angel Falls, Venezuela, which is the highest waterfall of the world in 2005.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, his tele-series ‘Man vs. Wild’ was launched which showed how Grylls survived in harsh environments. This show was initially entitled ‘Born Survivor: Bear Grylls’ and was broadcast in UK by this name.
  • // 2007
    He created a new record in 2007, when he flew a Parajet over the Himalayas. The following year, he accompanied by double amputee Al Hodgson and Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, created a Guinness World Record of the ‘longest continuous indoor freefall’.
  • // 2009
    In the year 2009, he was made the Chief Scout of ‘The Scout Association’ when he was thirty-five years old. Thus, he became the youngest individual to hold the position of Chief Scout.
  • // 2010
    This voyager accompanied by a team of five embarked on Northwest Passage expedition in a rigid-inflatable boat sailing through 2,500 miles, in 2010. The same year, he appeared in a Discovery channel show named ‘Worst-Case Scenario’. The following year, he featured in the show ‘Bear’s Wild Weekend’.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, his book ‘Scouting For All’ was published. He also wrote a series of books under the head ‘Mission Survival’. This series consists of books ‘Mission Survival: Gold of the Gods’, ‘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’.
  • // 2012
    The explorer inked his autobiography ‘Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography’ in the year 2012. This was followed by the publication of books ‘A Survivor Guide for Life’ and ‘True Grit’
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he presented the show ‘Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls’, and the same year, ‘Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell’ also premiered. The following year, he hosted the show ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’ which was about thirteen men in a desolate island in the Pacific.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he was bestowed with an honorary rank of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, his show ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ was launched which featured celebrities such as Tamron Hall, Zac Efron, Tom Arnold, Ben Stiller, Deion Sanders and Channing Tatum.
  • // 2015
    He hosted another reality show ‘Bear Grylls: Mission Survive’ in 2015 which featured eight celebrities who had to perform certain tasks in order to survive in the show. The winner of the first season was DJ and model Vogue Williams. The show will be back with a new season in 2016.

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Bear Grylls's FAQ

  • What is Bear Grylls birthday?

    Bear Grylls was born at 1974-06-07

  • Where is Bear Grylls's birth place?

    Bear Grylls was born in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland

  • What is Bear Grylls nationalities?

    Bear Grylls's nationalities is British

  • What is Bear Grylls nick names?

    Bear Grylls's nickNames is Bear

  • Who is Bear Grylls spouses?

    Bear Grylls's spouses is Shara Grylls

  • Who is Bear Grylls siblings?

    Bear Grylls's siblings is Lara Fawcett

  • Who is Bear Grylls childrens?

    Bear Grylls's childrens is Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls, Jesse Grylls, Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls

  • What was Bear Grylls universities?

    Bear Grylls studied at Eton College, Birkbeck, University of London, Eton College

  • What was Bear Grylls notable alumnis?

    Bear Grylls's notable alumnis is Eton College

  • What is Bear Grylls's religion?

    Bear Grylls's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Bear Grylls?

    Bear Grylls's height is 182

  • Who is Bear Grylls's father?

    Bear Grylls's father is Michael Grylls

  • Who is Bear Grylls's mother?

    Bear Grylls's mother is Sarah Grylls

  • What is Bear Grylls's sun sign?

    Bear Grylls is Gemini

  • How famous is Bear Grylls?

    Bear Grylls is famouse as Adventurer