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David Attenborough

Born 8 May 1926, the younger brother of actor Lord Richard Attenborough. He never expressed a wish to act and, instead, studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, graduating in 1947, the year he began his two years National Service in the Royal Navy. In 1952, he joined BBC Television at Alexandra Palace and, in 1954, began his famous "Zoo Quest" series. When not "Zoo Questing", he presented political broadcasts, archaeological quizzes, short stories, gardening and religious programmes. 1964 saw the start of BBC2, Britain's third TV channel, with Michael Peacock as its Controller. A year later, Peacock was promoted to BBC1 and Attenborough became Controller of BBC2. As such, he was responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain, and also for bringing Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) to the world. In 1969, he was appointed Director of Programmes with editorial responsibility for both the BBC's television networks. Eight years behind a desk was too much for him, and he resigned in 1973 to return to programme making. First came "Eastwards with Attenborough", a natural history series set in South East Asia, then "The Tribal Eye", examining tribal art. In 1979, he wrote and presented all 13 parts of Life on Earth (1979) (then the most ambitious series ever produced by the BBC Natural History Unit). This became a trilogy, with The Living Planet (1984) and The Trials of Life (1990).His services to television were recognised in 1985, and he was knighted to become Sir David Attenborough. The two shorter series, "The First Eden" and "Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives" were fitted around 1993's spectacular Life in the Freezer (1993), a celebration of Antarctica and 1995's epic The Private Life of Plants (1995), which he wrote and presented. Filming the beautiful birds of paradise for "Attenborough in Paradise" in 1996 fulfilled a lifelong ambition, putting him near his favourite bird. Entering his seventies, he narrated the award-winning Wildlife Specials (1995), marking 40 years of the BBC Natural History Unit. But, he was not slowing down, as he completed the epic 10-part series for the BBC, The Life of Birds (1998) along with writing and presenting the three-part series State of the Planet (2000) as well as The Life of Mammals (2002). Once broadcast, he began planning his next projects.He has received honorary degrees from many universities across the world, and is patron or supporter of many charitable organisations, including acting as Patron of the World Land Trust, which buys rain forest and other lands to preserve them and the animals that live there.

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May 8, 1926 In London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Horizon 1964-05-02
Latest Project:
Series Life Story 2014-10-23

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Planet Earth
Life Story Self - Presenter 7 episodes, 2014 2014-10-23
Natural Curiosities Self - Presenter 27 episodes, 2013-2017 2013-01-29
Africa Self - Narrator / ... 6 episodes, 2013 2013-01-02
Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero Self 2 episodes, 2013 2013-04-21
Micro Monsters 3D Self / ... 7 episodes, 2013 2013-06-15
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell Unknown 2012
Secrets of Wild India Self / ... 2 episodes, 2012 2012-04-01
Frozen Planet Self - Narrator 8 episodes, 2011 2012-03-18
Madagascar Self - Narrator / ... 4 episodes, 2011 2011-02-09
Ceramics: A Fragile History Himself 2011-10-10
The Jonathan Ross Show Unknown 2011-09-03
Museum of Life Unknown 2010-03-18
First Life Self - Presenter 2 episodes, 2010 2010-11-05
Chris Moyles Quiz Night Unknown 2009-03-22
Life Self - Narrator 10 episodes, 2009 2009-10-12
Rude Tube Unknown 2008-02-06
Life in Cold Blood Self - Presenter 5 episodes, 2008 2008-02-04
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Planet Earth Self - Narrator 11 episodes, 2006 2007-03-25
How Art Made the World Unknown 2005-06-26
Life in the Undergrowth Self - Narrator 5 episodes, 2005 2005-11-23
The Blue Planet Self - Narrator 8 episodes, 2001 2002-01-27
The Life of Mammals Self - Presenter 10 episodes, 2002-2003 2002-11-20
The Life of Birds Self - Presenter 10 episodes, 1998 1998-10-21
The Private Life of Plants Self - Presenter 6 episodes, 1995 1995-01-05
Life in the Freezer Self - Presenter 6 episodes, 1993 1993-11-18
The Trials of Life Self 12 episodes, 1990 1990-10-03
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives Self - Presenter 4 episodes, 1989 1989-04-23
The First Eden Self - Presenter 4 episodes, 1987 1987-03-08
The Living Planet Self 12 episodes, 1984 1984-01-19
Natural World Self - Narrator / ... 52 episodes, 1992-2019 1983-10-30
Nature Unknown 1982-10-10
Life on Earth Self - Presenter 13 episodes, 1979 1979-01-16
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures Himself - Presenter 1966-12-01
Horizon Unknown 1964-05-02