David Attenborough

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
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Profession: Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality

United Kingdom

Biography: Widely regarded as a national treasure in Britain, Attenborough is the brother of film director Richard Attenborough and executive John Attenborough. His decades-long career in television has produced some of the greatest natural history broadcasting, including the Life series, the Blue Planet series and the Planet Earth series.

In addition to his enormous body of work, Attenborough, a lifelong supporter and employee of the BBC, served as controller of BBC Two and as director of programming for the BBC in the 1960s and 1970s.

He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programs in black and white, colour, HD, 3D and 4K.

Born: May 8, 1926
Birthplace: Isleworth, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Age: 97 years old

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1950-02-17 Natural history broadcaster David Attenborough (24) weds Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel

Historical Events

  • 1965-03-04 David Attenborough becomes the new controller of BBC2
  • 1979-01-16 BBC landmark nature series "Life on Earth" presented by David Attenborough first shown on BBC One
  • 2006-03-05 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC
  • 2009-09-14 David Attenborough and Prince William officially open the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum London, in what is the Museum's most significant expansion since 1881
  • 2018-12-03 David Attenborough warns collapse of civilisation and the natural world on the horizon at UN climate summit in Poland
  • 2020-09-24 David Attenborough breaks Jennifer Aniston's record as the fastest person to reach 1 million followers on Instagram