Welcome to the official Steve Backshall website
Steve has been passionate about the wild world ever since he could crawl. Growing up, he counted the animals that lived around him as his best pals – from the asthmatic donkey to the grass snakes in the manure heap!
After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English and Theatre Studies, Steve studied martial arts in Japan attaining his black belt. Over the following years Steve wrote for the Indonesian Rough Guides and during his travels became conversant in the local language, drank blood with uncontacted tribes, nearly got caught in fatal crossfire in riots in East Timor, came nose to nose with Komodo Dragons and attempted to walk solo across Irian Jaya (a woeful failure)!
Armed with an idea for a television series, Steve headed out to Colombia. Whilst living in the jungle he wrangled snakes and ended up in a Colombian jail (through no fault of his own)! National Geographic Channel International bought the resultant video and Steve was taken on as ‘Adventurer in Residence’, producing, filming and presenting adventure and natural history programmes. Steve has circumnavigated the globe time and again, venturing into the Sinai desert , completing the Israeli paratroopers selection course, catching anacondas, vipers and cobras and (perhaps the best job ever) making “The Ten Great Dives of the World”, for the long-running series ‘Earthpulse’.
Steve's TV work
Steve is one of the busiest presenters on television, mainly working for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. He has had his own season of programmes on Eden television channel alongside legends David Attenborough and Bruce Parry. Before that, he was ‘Adventurer in Residence’ at the National Geographic Channel.
In 2003, Steve moved to the BBC’s Natural History Unit, where he took his place on the long running children’s wildlife programme ‘The Really Wild Show’. The following three years were awash with wildlife highlights; sharing a beach with 75,000 nesting olive ridley turtles, having a baby mountain gorilla take him by the hand and having a red-eyed tree frog leap into his face.
Next, Steve joined the Natural History Unit’s fledgling expedition team, making the first ascent of a jungle peak and dropping into a vast sinkhole in the Mulu mountains in ‘Expedition Borneo’. In ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’ he made the first ascent of Mount Upuigma in Venezuela, slept on the vertical cliff face and found unknown species of animals on the summit. He also abseiled to the bottom of the Kaiteur Falls in Guyana to the soaked wonderland below.
In ‘Lost Land of the Volcano’, Steve was the first outsider to enter the Volcano Mount Bosavi – where the team discovered as many as 40 new species, including the largest rat in the world! Steve also took part in a brutal caving expedition opening up new passage in Mageni Cave in New Britain.
Other series included ‘Expedition Alaska’, where he was almost swallowed by humpback whales and was swept into the guts of a glacier, ‘Wilderness St Kilda’, ‘Extreme Britain – Caves’, ‘Springwatch Trackers’ and Nature Reports for the One Show. And if that wasn't enough, in ‘The Venom Hunter’ he endured the stings of hundreds of bullet ants (the world’s most painful stinging invertebrate) in an initiation ceremony.
Big blue live
Swimming With A Great White Shark
Greg's Deadly Animal Challenge
World's biggest ant
Flying With An Egyptian Vulture
Awesome King Cobra
Grizzly Bear Cubs Practise Fishing
Wildlife Documentary Society
Secret Wilderness Japan
Saving Britain's Hedgehogs, Steve Backshall and Brian May
Undiscovered Worlds with Steve Backshall
Blue Planet Live
Steve Backshall Vs The Monster Mountain
Meet the Hedgehogs
Down the Mighty River
Extreme Mountain Challenge
Big Blue Live
Would I Lie To You
Nature's Greatest Dancers
Comic Relief: Operation Health
Deadly On A Mission: Pole To Pole
Personal Expedition: Mount Asgard
Strictly Come Dancing
Deadly Pole To Pole
Super Giant Animals
Swimming With Monsters
Deadly Pole To Pole
Deadly 60 III
Live & Deadly
Deadly 60 II
Natural Born Hunters
Lost Land Of The Tigers
Live & Deadly
Lost Land Of The Volcano
Lost Land Of The Jaguar
The One Show – Natural
Britain's Lost World
Outdoor Britain Extreme Caving
Spring Watch Trackers
Secret Wilderness Japan
Nature Of Britain
The Really Wild Show
Inside – King Cobra
Outside of television
Outside television, Steve started studying for his biology degree in 2000 with the Open University, attained his diploma in Natural Sciences and has completed one of his finals courses, though is struggling to find time to complete the degree! He has published several books, Venom, Deadly 60, The Wildlife Adventurer’s Guide, and Looking For Adventure. His fiction novel, Tiger Wars was the first in a series of four adventure stories, which was published in May 2012. He has also completed a 23 date UK tour throughout June and July 2012 promoting 'Tiger Wars'. Steve's 2015 Wild World Tour begins in November.
Steve has completed many endurance events; finished in the top third of the field in the Marathon Des Sables, the top ten of UK’s Tough Guy, 5th in the Welsh 1000m peaks marathon and completed the Devizes to Westminster kayak race. Steve’s outdoor sports CV includes having climbed the sixth highest mountain in the world (Cho Oyu 8201m) as well as many other ascents around the globe. He is absolutely passionate about rock and ice climbing and all disciplines of kayaking and cycling.
Steve’s first love was writing. He began his career began working for the Rough Guides and freelance travel writing for publications including The Independent and The Times.