WRITTEN BY Kate Jane | November 21, 2023
In the realm of wildlife exploration and conservation, few names shine as brightly as Steve Backshall.
An English naturalist, explorer, author, public speaker, and television presenter, Backshall’s journey through the natural world has not only fascinated audiences but has also left an indelible mark on the landscape of wildlife programming.
As he prepares for latest tour, Steve Backshall Ocean, let’s take a look at his life, and how he became the household name that he is today.
Early Life and Roots in Nature
Born on April 21, 1973, in the serene town of Bagshot, Surrey, England, Steve’s connection with nature was established early on.
Growing up in a smallholding surrounded by rescue animals, his parents’ work with British Airways seemed a distant echo to the captivating melodies of chirping birds and rustling leaves.
It was in this idyllic setting that Backshall’s passion for the natural world took root.
Educated at Collingwood College in Camberley and later at Brooklands College, Surrey, in sixth form, his academic journey laid the foundation for a life dedicated to exploring and understanding the wonders of the earth.
His studies in English and theatre studies at the University of Exeter marked the beginning of a unique trajectory that would see him become a prominent figure in the world of wildlife exploration.
A Pen and a Camera: Early Career Beginnings
Steve’s career kicked off with his pen, as he began writing for Rough Guides. This was just the starting point for the budding naturalist, as he soon found himself in the captivating world of television.
Joining the National Geographic Channel as ‘Adventurer in Residence’, he spent five years delving into the heart of uncharted territories, bringing the wonders of the natural world to audiences around the globe.
From Pen to Presenter: The BBC Years
The transition from writing to presenting was a natural evolution for Steve Backshall.
His journey led him to the BBC, where he took the helm of the children’s wildlife show, The Really Wild Show. However, it was his work on the BBC TV show “Deadly 60” that truly catapulted him into the limelight.
The show, a thrilling exploration of the world’s deadliest creatures, earned Steve Backshall a BAFTA for Best Children’s Television Presenter in 2011, and became the genesis for numerous spin-off series.
Expeditions into the Unknown
Passionate about venturing into hidden realms and uncovering new animal species, he became a fixture in expedition teams for shows like ‘Expedition with Steve Backshall’, ‘Lost Land of the Tiger’, ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’, and ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’.
These journeys took him to the far corners of the globe, where he showcased the beauty of untouched landscapes and the diversity of Earth’s inhabitants.
Extreme Challenges, Literary Contributions and Honours
Beyond exploration, Steve embraced danger in the name of discovery.
From ‘Personal Expedition: Mount Asgard to Extreme Mountain Challenge’ and ‘Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall’, he undertook a series of perilous challenges that showcased not only his resilience, but also his commitment to pushing the boundaries of what we know about the natural world.
However, Steve’s impact extends beyond the screen into the realm of literature.
He has authored a series of four novels for children titled The Falcon Chronicles, offering young readers an immersive experience into the world of wildlife.
Additionally, his three adult non-fiction works delve into the intricacies of nature, further solidifying his role as a storyteller and advocate for the wild.
In 2020, his contributions to wildlife and conservation were formally recognised when he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
This prestigious honour reflects not only his dedication but also the significance of his work in the larger context of preserving our planet’s natural treasures.
A Legacy of Love for Nature
As he continues to captivate audiences with his adventures, Steve Backshall remains grounded in the values instilled by his parents, a profound love for nature and wildlife.
So, why not immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of Steve Backshall’s Ocean, and join him for a riveting journey filled with stunts, cutting-edge science, and mesmerising footage from two decades of television, live at the Great Hall, on the 23rd December 2023.
Steve Backshall Ocean is perfect for all ages and is a captivating experience that will educate and entertain your little ones, so secure your tickets now and be part of an unforgettable exploration beneath the waves!
Get your tickets for Steve Backshall Ocean, here.