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Steve Backshall left education with a degree in English and theatre studies and went on to become a martial arts black belt having studied in Japan during which time he learnt to speak the language. His insatiable quest for adventure and passion for natural history and the environment, have since led him into some tight spots but simultaneously resulted in him becoming one of TV’s best-known adventurers, naturalists and wildlife presenters. His TV shows and expeditions ranging from the BAFTA winning Deadly 60 to the highly acclaimed Big Blue Live, Alaska Live, Lost Land of the Volcano, Lost Land of the Jaguar, Extreme Mountain Challenge, Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall and Expedition with Steve Backshall. He is prepared to leave no mountain unclimbed or stone unturned to satisfy his passion for exploration and the discovery of new species.
Adventurer extraordinaire, Steve Backshall has an insatiable passion for the wild world around him and has done ever since he was a small child.
Having taken a degree in English and Theatre Studies at Exeter University, Steve moved to Japan where he studied martial arts, gaining a black belt. Over the years he became involved in writing for the Indonesian Rough Guides which saw him become conversant with local languages, drink blood with previously unconnected tribes, almost get shot in riots in East Timor, come face to face with Komodo Dragons and attempt to walk across Irian Jaya.
As a result, Steve developed ideas for a television series and made tracks for the Colombian jungle where he wrangled with snakes and ended up in jail, through no fault of his own. His resulting videos were snapped up by National Geographic International Channel with Steve employed as ‘Adventurer in Residence’, producing, filming and presenting adventure and natural history programmes.
Steve has circumnavigated the globe on numerous occasions and taken on some of the world’s greatest challenges in the process. For example, he has; ventured into the Sinai Desert, tackled the Israeli paratrooper’s selection course and caught snakes of varying varieties including anacondas, vipers and cobras in addition to competing in adventure races, fell runs and endurance sports and is an experienced BCU four-star white-water kayaker.
His TV shows and expeditions ranging from the BAFTA winning Deadly 60 to the highly acclaimed Big Blue Live, Alaska Live, Lost Land of the Volcano, Lost Land of the Jaguar, Extreme Mountain Challenge, Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall and Expedition with Steve Backshall. He is prepared to leave no mountain unclimbed or stone unturned to satisfy his passion for exploration and the discovery of new species.
Aside from his adventuring, Steve has a love of reading and as such has not only written a number of books on wildlife but also some acclaimed works of fiction. He is also heavily involved with numerous wildlife, environmental charities and is an ambassador for the Scout Association
Steve is available as a keynote, motivational or after dinner speaker, awards host/presenter and for celebrity personal appearances in a live or virtual capacity.
His topics of speech include; Expedition: Voyages to Undiscovered Places, Wellness in which Steve discusses lessons learned from our ancestors, Climate – our changing world, Shark – the world’s greatest predator and Deadly Predators.