| January 22, 2024

Ben Fogle in the front of water and sunset

Ben Fogle, the charismatic English broadcaster, writer, and adventurer, has become a household name through his captivating television programs and daring expeditions.

From his early days studying Latin American studies to his adventures in remote locations around the world, let’s delve into the fascinating life and career of this multi-talented personality.

Early Life and Education

Ben Fogle, born on November 3, 1973, in Westminster, London, is the son of actress Julia Foster and veterinarian Bruce Fogle.

Growing up in a household teeming with animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, and a tortoise, Ben developed an early affinity for the natural world. Raised alongside his two younger sisters, Tamara and Emily, who are also involved in the media industry, Ben’s upbringing was surrounded by a diverse array of pets. His educational journey led him to attend The Hall School in Hampstead, London, and later Bryanston School in Blandford Forum, Dorset.

Ben’s interests extended beyond academics, as he delved into drama, music, and sports during his school years, showcasing his talents in trumpet and piano playing.

His adventurous spirit was evident when he embarked on a gap year in Ecuador, teaching English in an orphanage, and exploring Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia.

Following this, he dedicated a second year to a turtle conservation project on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras and Nicaragua. Ben’s academic pursuits included studying Latin American studies at the University of Portsmouth and spending a year at the University of Costa Rica.

Simultaneously, he served as a Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve, contributing to humanitarian efforts by delivering aid to war-torn Bosnia and Croatia while serving as a URNU officer on HMS Blazer.

Castaway 2000: A Turning Point

The pivotal moment in Ben Fogle’s career came with his participation in the BBC reality show Castaway 2000. This social experiment saw him living on a Scottish island for a year with 35 other individuals, aiming to create a fully self-sufficient community within that time. Following the show’s success, Ben’s foray into broadcasting commenced, opening doors to various presenting roles on Channel 5, BBC, and ITV.

Adventures and Documentaries

Ben Fogle, a distinguished broadcaster, has left an indelible mark on various TV channels, including Channel 5, BBC, and ITV, where he has hosted captivating programs focused on wildlife, adventure, and conservation. His impactful career extends to a series of notable documentaries that entertain, educate, and inspire.

In “The Secrets of Scott’s Hut,” Fogle led an Antarctic expedition to preserve Captain Scott’s hut and artifacts from the historic 1912 South Pole expedition. “World’s Most Dangerous Roads” showcased perilous journeys through Alaska, Bolivia, Ethiopia, and Nepal. “Swimming with Crocodiles” took him to Botswana, where he fearlessly engaged with Nile crocodiles, shedding light on their threats and conservation efforts.

Prince William’s Africa” captured Fogle accompanying Prince William on a Botswana tour, highlighting wildlife projects and the prince’s dedication to African conservation. Currently, he is immersed in a new series, “New Lives in the Wild,” exploring the stories of individuals living in remote locations globally. Simultaneously, Fogle is translating his experiences into a book, offering readers deeper insights into his adventures and the lessons learned.

Ben Fogle’s documentaries not only encapsulate his adventurous spirit, but also serve as a powerful medium to address critical issues such as wildlife conservation and our connection to the environment. As he continues to contribute to broadcasting, Fogle’s dedication to showcasing the planet’s beauty and advocating for its protection remains unwavering.

Charity Endeavours

His involvement with various charities underscores his dedication to making a positive impact on the world. As an advocate for Facing Africa, Ben has visited Ethiopia multiple times to support children afflicted by the disfiguring disease, Noma, which leads to severe facial deformities.

Additionally, his collaboration with the Plastic Oceans Foundation reflects his concern for the environment, as he actively engages in campaigns and documentaries to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans and its detrimental effects on marine life.

Ben’s role as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust demonstrates his dedication to helping young people facing challenges like unemployment, homelessness, or mental health issues. Since 2018, he has been a British Red Cross Ambassador, actively participating in relief efforts in conflict zones and disaster-stricken areas, having visited Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mozambique.

These endeavours, coupled with his patronage of charities such as WWF, Tusk, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, showcase Ben Fogle’s unwavering commitment to humanitarian causes.

Book Your Tickets

Embark on a mesmerising journey with Ben Fogle’s upcoming show, “Ben Fogle: Wild,” set to unfold its tales of hope, possibility, and positivity at the Great Hall on Tuesday, March 12th.

Through captivating narratives, Fogle shares his extraordinary experiences from the wilderness of Northern Sweden to the jungles of Honduras, from the hostile environments of Chernobyl to the majestic mountains of Nepal.

Secure your tickets for Ben Fogle: Wild now, for an evening of adventure, inspiration, and discovery. Click here to book now.