David Attenborough


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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 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 23 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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

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 2021 The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet (TV Series documentary)
  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 Mini Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Dawn of the Mammals (2013) ... (writer)
- From the Seas to the Skies (2013) ... (writer)
 2013 Micro Monsters (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 (TV Mini Series documentary)
 2012 Kingdom of Plants (TV Mini Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Survival (2012)
 2011 Frozen Planet (TV Mini Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Autumn (2011)
 2011 Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough (TV Movie documentary)
 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 Mini 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 Movie 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 Mini 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 Mini 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 Mini 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 Mini 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 Mini 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)
  The World About Us (TV Series documentary) (compiled by - 1 episode, 1976) (creator - 1 episode, 1968)
- The Discoverers (1976) ... (compiled by)
- Dream of Two Cities (1968) ... (creator)
 1975 The Tribal Eye (TV Series documentary) (written by - 7 episodes)
- Across the Frontiers (1975) ... (written by)
- Man Blong Custom (1975) ... (written by)
- Woven Gardens (1975) ... (written by)
- Kingdom of Bronze (1975) ... (written by)
- The Sweat of the Sun (1975) ... (written by)
 1971 A Blank on the Map (TV Movie documentary)
 1969 The Miracle of Bali (TV Mini Series documentary) (3 episodes)
- Night (1969)
- The Midday Sun (1969)
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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)

Spouse:

Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel  (her death)  (2 children)

Children:

Robert Attenborough | See more »

Parents:

Attenborough, Frederick Levi | Attenborough (Clegg), Mary

Relatives:

Richard Attenborough (sibling) | See more »
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[on television in 2009] I think it's in great trouble. The whole system on which it was built - a limited number of networks, with adequate funding - is under threat. That funding is no longer there. As stations proliferate, so audiences are reduced. The struggle for audiences becomes ever greater, while money diminishes. I think that's a fair recipe for trouble. See more »

Trivia:

As head of BBC-2, he introduced British audiences to colour television, and gave the go-ahead to Monty Python's Flying Circus. See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Taurus

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