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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 20 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Blue Planet II Himself - Narrator
(2017)
Planet Earth Writer
(2006)
Frozen Planet Writer
(2011)
Life on Earth Writer
(1979)

Filmography

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  Natural World (TV Series documentary) (1 episode, 2017) (writer - 3 episodes, 2000 - 2007)
- The Battle to Save the Tiger (2007) ... (writer)
- The Amber Time Machine (2004) ... (writer)
- Bowerbirds: The Art of Seduction (2000) ... (writer)
 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) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Dawn of the Mammals (2013) ... (writer)
- From the Seas to the Skies (2013) ... (writer)
 2013 Micro Monsters 3D (TV Series documentary) (2 episodes)
- Colony (2013)
- Reproduction (2013)
 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) (by - 5 episodes)
- Armoured Giants (2008) ... (by)
- Sophisticated Serpents (2008) ... (by)
- Dragons of the Dry (2008) ... (by)
- Land Invaders (2008) ... (by)
- The Cold Blooded Truth (2008) ... (by)
 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 Mini-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)
- Coasts (2001) ... (writer)
- Tidal Seas (2001) ... (uncredited)
- Coral Seas (2001) ... (writer)
- Seasonal Seas (2001) ... (writer)
- Frozen Seas (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 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)
 1969 The Miracle of Bali (TV Mini-Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Recital of Music (1969)
- Night (1969)
- The Midday Sun (1969)
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Show Show Self (230 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (23 credits)

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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 David Attenborough CBE

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I had a huge advantage when I started 50 years ago - my job was secure. I didn't have to promote myself. These days there's far more pressure to make a mark, so the temptation is to make adventure television or personality shows. I hope the more didactic approach won't be lost. See more »

Trivia:

For his birthday, one of his sisters gave him a fossilized animal trapped in amber, which later grew into an entire collection of animals in amber. In Jurassic Park (1993), his brother Richard Attenborough grows dinosaurs from mosquitoes trapped in amber. See more »

Trademark:

Received pronunciation

Star Sign:

Taurus

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