david attenborough facts

On 8 May 2023, Britain’s favourite naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, turned 97! 


David Attenborough facts

david attenborough facts

Sir David pictured with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

1. Sir David Attenborough was born on 8 May, 1926, in Isleworth, West London

The same year as Queen Elizabeth II!

2. He was raised on the campus of University College, Leicester

Now the University of Leicester, where his dad was principal.

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3. Sir David doesn’t count himself as an animal ‘lover’

But instead says he has always been fascinated by them.

4. He’s thrifty! 

At 11 years old he struck a deal selling newts to University College, Leicester for 3d (3 pence) each. The newts only came from a pond 5m away from the university’s zoology department!

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

6. He doesn’t own a car as he never passed his driving test

He’s also not keen on sending emails, and prefers receiving letters by fax or post.

7. During World War II his parents adopted two Jewish refugee girls from Europe. 

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8. There’s only one animal Sir David doesn’t like…


9. Sir David was rejected from the first job he ever applied for at the BBC

The position of radio talk producer.

10. In 1947 he spent two years serving in the Royal Navy

Based in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.

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11. When Sir David got his first job in television, he didn’t even own a TV

Like most British people at the time!

12. His first programme, called Coelacanth, looked at the rediscovery of the coelacanth

– a prehistoric fish.

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13. Sir David has more than ten plants and animals named after him

Such as the Nepenthes attenboroughii – a giant carnivorous plant that devours animals as large as rats – and the UK’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough.

14. In 1985 he received a knighthood

Granting him the title of Sir David Attenborough.

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15. He’s thought to be one of the most well-travelled people on the planet

For The Life of Birds documentary, he travelled a whopping 256,000 miles – that’s the same as travelling around the world ten times!


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Images ⓒ Getty Images: David Attenborough and two young children (2192547) , holding frog (2588653) , holding flying insect (74046800) , with the Queen (53049821) standing surrounded by objects (108874291) , portrait (526492398) , looking into the distance (526513484) , holding camera (502260275).



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