Sir David Attenborough, born on May 8, 1926, is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He is regarded as a national treasure in the UK and has become a household name due to his unique documentaries about our planet.

Early Life

David Attenborough was born in Isleworth, West London. His father, Frederick Attenborough, was a university principal while his mother was a homemaker. He grew up with two younger brothers: Richard and John.

After high school, Attenborough went on to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. However, he didn't graduate after being called up for National Service in the Royal Navy during World War II.

Career Beginnings

Attenborough's career began at the BBC where he worked as a producer for various programs. In 1954 he became a presenter for Zoo Quest which took him to exotic places such as Indonesia and South America.

This show became so successful that it continued for over ten years with more than 100 episodes broadcasted around the world. It brought Attenborough significant recognition and appreciation from viewers.

Contributions & Achievements

Throughout his long career, David Attenborough has contributed significantly to wildlife conservation by creating visually appealing documentaries that showcase our planet's beauty while bringing people closer to animals' lives.

Some of his best-known works include The Blue Planet (2001), Planet Earth (2006), Frozen Planet (2011), and Our Planet (2019). These shows have featured some of the most memorable moments in television history thanks to their stunning landscapes coupled with great storytelling highlighting how different animal species survive in different environments worldwide.

Attenborough has also been awarded numerous titles throughout his life such as Commander of Order of St Michael and St George (1974) by Queen Elizabeth II and Order of Merit status received from Prince Charles in 2005.

Personal Life & Legacy

David Attenborough has been married to Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel since 1950. They have two children together and four grandchildren.

In addition to his documentaries, Attenborough has written several books focusing on conservationism and the natural world. His work is inspiring millions of people worldwide to become passionate about protecting our planet for future generations.


At age 95, Sir David Attenborough is still active in the film industry with plans for upcoming projects showcasing rare scenes never before captured by cameras. His legacy will continue long after he stops working as he inspired whole generations through his work, unlocking a passion for wildlife reality that may otherwise never have been explored.