Ben Fogle is a broadcaster, traveller and adventurer. Ben was born in 1973, the son of actress Julia Foster and broadcast vet Bruce Fogle. Educated at Bryanston School in Dorset, Ben went on to study Latin American Studies at the University of Costa Rica and University of Portsmouth, where Ben enrolled as an Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve, as a Midshipman.
Ben spent several years in Latin America, working on a turtle conservation project on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras and working in an orphanage in Ecuador.
In 2000 Ben volunteered to be marooned on Taransay, a remote windswept island in the Outer Hebrides as part of the BBC’s big millennium project Castaway 2000.
Ben has since presented numerous hit programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5, including Animal Park, Countryfile, Wild in Africa, Wild on the West Coast, Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Country Tracks, New Lives in the Wild, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and three series’ of the hit BBC adventure show, Extreme Dreams. Ben filmed A Year of Adventures for Lonely Planet and BBC Worldwide, and Storm City for Sky One and National Geographic. Ben presented a second series of Ben & James Versus the Arabian Desert for the BBC and also a second series of Harbour Lives for ITV1. His most recent series of New Lives in the Wild/Where the Wildmen Are is being shown on Channel 5 and he is currently filming Migration, also for Channel 5. Ben can also be seen fronting BBC2’s hunt for Britain’s best all-round angler. The Big Fish is a six part series where Ben will enter the world of extreme angling, from tropical climes to sub-zero temperatures under the tutelage of expert fisherman Matt Hayes.
Ben has made documentaries on Prince William in Africa, disease in Ethiopia, Captain Scott in Antarctica and Crocodiles in Botswana.
He has travelled extensively in South and Central America and has toured the world for various broadcasting assignments 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.
Ben had published numerous books, six of which feature on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, The Teatime Islands - Journey’s to Britain’s Faraway Outposts, Offshore in search of an island of my own, The Crossing (Atlantic) - conquering the Atlantic in the World’s toughest rowing race, Race to the Pole (Macmillan) - conquering Antarctica in the toughest race on earth. His first travel memoir, The Accidental Adventurer (Transworld) was published in 2011 and The Accidental Naturalist in 2012. His book, Labrador – The story of the world’s favourite dog, was published in October 2015 (HarperCollins). Ben embarked on a national speaking tour at theatres throughout the UK in September 2015.
He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and his writing has appeared in numerous other titles including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the Sun, Country life, the Independent, Glamour magazine, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard and the New York Times.
Ben’s sporting achievements have included beating actor Sid Owen in a three round charity boxing match for BBC Sport Relief. He has completed the Marathon Des Sables, a one hundred and sixty mile, six day, self sufficient race across the Sahara Desert which he ran for WWF. He has completed the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya for the TUSK Trust, the Bupa Great north Run, the London Marathon, Tough Guy, Man versus Horse and the Royal Parks Half marathon. In 2005 he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with Double gold Olympic medallist, oarsman James Cracknell, in 49 days, setting the British pairs record. He completed the inaugural Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race, a 500 mile footrace across the Antarctic to the South Pole and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel.
Ben has won a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for the highly acclaimed Through Hell and High Water. Ben has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Portsmouth.
Ben is a fellow of the Royal Geographic society, an Ambassador for WWF-UK, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust. He is also a keen supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Shelterbox and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Patron of The Royal Parks Foundation
He is special correspondent for NBC in America and reported on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia for the network.
Ben has his Ocean Yachtmaster, and coastal skipper certificates, and is a qualified Dinghy sailor. Ben also has his NAUI Scuba licence and he is fluent in Spanish.
Ben married Marina in 2006 after meeting her in the park while the couple were walking their dogs, Inca and Maggi. They have a young son, Ludo and a daughter Iona