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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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Natural World
Natural World Writer
(1992-2016)
State of the Planet
(2000)
Planet Earth
Planet Earth Writer
(2006)

Filmography

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 2016 Attenborough's Passion Projects (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer)
 2015-2016 Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (TV Mini-Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Survival (2016)
- Visitors (2016)
- Builders (2015)
 2013 Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates (TV Series documentary)
 2013 Micro Monsters 3D (TV Series documentary)
 2013 Africa (TV Mini-Series documentary) (6 episodes)
- The Future (2013)
- Sahara (2013)
- Cape (2013)
- Congo (2013)
- Savannah (2013)
 2013 Galapagos 3D (TV Series documentary)
 2012 Kingdom of Plants 3D (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Survival (2012)
 2011 Frozen Planet (TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Autumn (2011)
 2011 Madagascar (TV Mini-Series documentary) (4 episodes)
- Lost Worlds (2011)
 2010 First Life (TV Mini-Series documentary) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Conquest (2010) ... (written by)
- Arrival (2010) ... (written by)
 2009 Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor: The Link (TV Movie documentary)
 2009 Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (TV Movie documentary) (written by)
 2008 Life in Cold Blood (TV Series documentary) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Armoured Giants (2008) ... (writer)
- Sophisticated Serpents (2008) ... (writer)
- Dragons of the Dry (2008) ... (writer)
- Land Invaders (2008) ... (writer)
- The Cold Blooded Truth (2008) ... (writer)
 2000-2007 Natural World (TV Series documentary) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Battle to Save the Tiger (2007) ... (writer)
- The Amber Time Machine (2004) ... (writer)
- Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction (2000) ... (writer)
 2006 Are We Changing Planet Earth? (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 Planet Earth (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Deserts (2006) ... (writer)
- Caves (2006) ... (writer)
- Fresh Water (2006) ... (writer)
- Mountains (2006) ... (writer)
- From Pole to Pole (2006) ... (writer)
 2005 Life in the Undergrowth (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Supersocieties (2005) ... (writer)
- Intimate Relations (2005) ... (writer)
- The Silk Spinners (2005) ... (writer)
- Taking to the Air (2005) ... (writer)
- Invasion of the Land (2005) ... (writer)
 2003 Deep Blue (Documentary) (writer)
 2002-2003 The Life of Mammals (TV Series documentary) (writer - 10 episodes)
- Food for Thought (2003) ... (writer)
- The Social Climbers (2003) ... (writer)
- Life in the Trees (2003) ... (writer)
- Return to the Water (2003) ... (writer)
- The Opportunists (2003) ... (writer)
  Nova (TV Series documentary) (written by - 1 episode, 2001) (writer - 1 episode, 2000)
- Flying Casanovas (2001) ... (written by)
- Japan's Secret Garden (2000) ... (writer)
  The Blue Planet (TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode, 2001) (writer - 7 episodes, 2001)
- Tidal Seas (2001) ... (uncredited)
- Open Ocean (2001) ... (writer)
- Frozen Seas (2001) ... (writer)
- Coral Seas (2001) ... (writer)
- The Deep (2001) ... (writer)
 2000 The Song of the Earth (TV Movie documentary)
 2000 State of the Planet (TV Series documentary)
 2000 The Lost Gods of Easter Island (TV Movie documentary)
 1999 Island of the Vampire Birds (Documentary) (writer)
 1998 The Dragons of Galapagos (TV Movie documentary)
 1998 The Life of Birds (TV Series documentary) (writer - 10 episodes)
- The Limits of Endurance (1998) ... (writer)
- The Problems of Parenthood (1998) ... (writer)
- The Demands of the Egg (1998) ... (writer)
- Finding Partners (1998) ... (writer)
- Signals and Songs (1998) ... (writer)
 1996 Cities of the Wild (Documentary)
 1996 Survival Island (Short documentary)
 1996 Attenborough in Paradise (TV Movie documentary)
 1995 The Private Life of Plants (TV Series documentary) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Surviving (1995) ... (writer)
- Living Together (1995) ... (writer)
- The Social Struggle (1995) ... (writer)
- Flowering (1995) ... (writer)
- Growing (1995) ... (writer)
 1993 Life in the Freezer (TV Series documentary) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Footsteps in the Snow (1993) ... (writer)
- The Big Freeze (1993) ... (writer)
- The Door Closes (1993) ... (writer)
- The Race to Breed (1993) ... (writer)
- The Ice Retreats (1993) ... (writer)
 1990 The Trials of Life (TV Series documentary) (writer - 12 episodes)
- Continuing the Line (1990) ... (writer)
- Courting (1990) ... (writer)
- Talking to Strangers (1990) ... (writer)
- Friends and Rivals (1990) ... (writer)
- Fighting (1990) ... (writer)
 1989 Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives (TV Series documentary) (writer - 4 episodes)
- The Rare Glimpses (1989) ... (writer)
- Dinosaur (1989) ... (writer)
- Putting Flesh on Bone (1989) ... (writer)
- Magic in the Rocks (1989) ... (writer)
 1987 The First Eden (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Strangers in the Garden (1987) ... (writer)
- The Wastes of War (1987) ... (writer)
- The Gods Enslaved (1987) ... (writer)
- The Making of the Garden (1987) ... (writer)
 1984 The Living Planet (TV Series documentary) (writer - 12 episodes)
- New Worlds (1984) ... (writer)
- The Open Ocean (1984) ... (writer)
- Worlds Apart (1984) ... (writer)
- The Margins of the Land (1984) ... (writer)
- Sweet Fresh Water (1984) ... (writer)
 1979 Life on Earth (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 13 episodes)
- The Compulsive Communicators (1979) ... (writer)
- Life in the Trees (1979) ... (writer)
- The Hunters and Hunted (1979) ... (writer)
- Theme and Variations (1979) ... (writer)
- The Rise of the Mammals (1979) ... (writer)
 1977 Wildlife on One (TV Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Behind the Jaws (1977)
 1975 The Tribal Eye (TV Series documentary) (written by)
 1971 A Blank on the Map (TV Movie documentary)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Zoo Quest. A series with London Zoo

Publicity Listings:

6 Interviews | 6 Articles | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Alternate Names:

Sir David Attenborough | Sir Richard Attenborough | Sir David Attenborough CBE

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's like saying that two and two equals four but, if you wish it, it could also be five. This is one of the errors. Evolution is not a theory. It is a fact, every bit as much as the historical fact that William the Conqueror landed in 1066. Indeed, more so, because all we have to tell us about William are a few bits of paper here or there - not very much at all. For evolution we have much more ... See more »

Trivia:

He is the great-uncle of Tom Attenborough. See more »

Trademark:

Received pronunciation

Star Sign:

Taurus

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