Bear Grylls: Biography highlights

Best known for presenting a wide range of wilderness TV shows in the UK and in the United States. Charming and witty, Bear Grylls has the character and the personality to win your audience over whether by facilitating a conference or delivering an entertaining after-dinner speech

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A born survivor, and famed for Man vs. Wild, Grylls can do what no man has done before – whether it is hiking the Sierra Nevada or surviving unaided in the Moab Desert, he can manage any challenge! Breaking records, bones and barriers, with charm, wit and a TV face sealing the deal for this household name.

A regular face on our television screens, Bear is known for presenting from wildernesses and extreme conditions. Known for Man vs. Wild, Running Wild, Survival School, The Island and many other adventure shows, the explorer makes the most extreme survival techniques entertaining.

Part of the British Special Forces, Bear discovered adventuring as a Specialist Combat Survival Instructor and Patrol Medic. Courageous and determined, in 1997 he was the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, which was famously described by Sir Edmond Hillary as unclimbable. As a result, Bear’s book, Facing Up became an international bestseller.

Bear always dreamt of climbing Everest, but only a small handful of Brits have achieved this feat, and with the death of one climber for every six that reaches the peak and makes it back alive, this was an incredibly difficult challenge.

Only 18 months previously, Bear had broken three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. This near-fatal accident left him physically inert for almost a year. Narrowly escaping a lifetime of paralysis, and indescribable amounts of pain, he struggled through to a full recovery.

As soon as he regained full mobility, Grylls was planning his ascent up the Earth’s highest mountain. Powering through extreme weather conditions, oxygen deprivation and climbing hardships, he reached the summit at just 23 years old.

In 2007, Grylls also became the first man to fly a powered paraglider above Mount Everest, in the process raising over £1 million for charity. An eco-warrior at heart, he used wind-powered kite skiing, bio-ethanol powered jet-skis and electric powered paragliders on the expedition.

Bear also led a Jet Ski team around the UK testing a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish. On top of this, he owns a nature reserve in Wales and became the first person to cross the Atlantic via the Arctic Circle in an open rigid inflatable boat, in aid of The Prince’s Trust.

A popular TV contributor to This Morning, Through The Keyhole, and host of Survivor Games, Mission Survive and Bear Grylls’ Survival School, and so many more highly-rated wilderness shows, Bear is as comfortable in front of a camera as behind a dog-pulled sleigh. He has presented on The National Geographic ‘Young Explorers’ series and written articles for The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. The accompanying book to his television show ‘Born Survivor’ of the same name spent 10 weeks on the Sunday Times Bestseller List.

Bear was also used by the UK Ministry of Defence to head the Army’s anti-drugs TV campaign and he was appointed as the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.

In 2016 Bear took President Barack Obama on an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness as they journey across a glacial outwash and through dense forest on the way to see the famed Exit Glacier.

Recently, Bear has launched a new 3D interactive arena show, in which he takes audiences on a journey of exploration and discovery through harsh environments. The immersive theatre celebrates courage and discovery.

A true explorer, leading the face of adventure. Bear entertains and dazzles after dinner audiences with his endless library of incredible tales, wit and exuberant charm.



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Bear Grylls Showreel 2021 | Speakers Associates
Bear Grylls Showreel 2021 | Speakers Associates
Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell - Motivation
Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell - Motivation
Bear Grylls & Julianne Hough On "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" | BUILD Series
Bear Grylls & Julianne Hough On "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" | BUILD Series
Spike Milligan

One of the most moving and honest speakers I have heard in many years.

British Airways

There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours.


Bear and President Obama made for such a fun, interesting and dynamic combination for our SAP global audience – and Bear’s message about resilience was incredibly powerful.

Bill McDermot

With trademark energy and enthusiasm, Bear scaled breathtaking new heights with BT Global Services’ virtual Sales Kick-Off, helping to empower an entire Banking & Finance division with true-grit determination to strike out for new horizons, ready to embrace failure and become more resilient to grow and succeed in these changing and uncertain times. Unleashed, Bear grappled with every discussion topic with charm, clarity, passion and good humour, inspiring his audience around the world to believe in themselves and go beyond limits. BT would like to thank Bear for well and truly taking this virtual event within sight of the summit.

Kim Fitzsimmons
Head of Events

Bear was simply the perfect choice to join us and talk about why ‘experience matters’ at our annual kick off meeting in Barcelona. Bear brought energy, insight and was highly relatable for our entire audience who joined us from across Europe. His stories and approach to life left my teams feeling empowered and motivated, we all took something away from his presence and contribution. To top it off, he was highly engaged and approachable throughout our full interaction – both on and off stage. His team mirrored his enthusiasm and I look forward to working with Bear and the whole Bear Grylls Ventures team again in the future.

Brian Duffy

Bear Grylls captivated our audience with his real-life story of determination and human spirit. His simple advice to ‘never give up’ really hit home with our group. We had three outstanding keynote speakers this year, but only Bear received a standing ovation!

Rod Travers
Executive Vice President
EMEA Events

Juice Plus+ has been working with Bear Grylls for many years. We invited him to speak at our European Leadership Convention in Barcelona in front of 8,000 people and he was simply amazing. His inspirational personality had an incredible impact on our audience. He brought the entire arena to a silence, listening in awe of his breath-taking journey.

Maria Olite
Senior manager

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