Bear Grylls(1974-), Adventurer; Chief Scout; TV presenter
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Son of MP Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Grylls, Edward Michael 'Bear' Grylls learned to climb and sail from an early age. While serving in the Territorial Army he suffered a parachute accident, however this did not stop him becoming one of the youngest people to climb Everest in 1998 - fulfilling a childhood dream. Other fundraising expeditions include crossing the North Atlantic in a rigid-inflatable boat (2003) and a Journey in Antarctica (2008). He is best known through his television series including Born Survivor (Man Vs Wild , 2006), Bear's Wild Weekend (2011) and Escape from Hell (2013). At 35 he became the youngest ever Chief Scout, and in 2013 was made an honorary Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below