Bear Grylls [Edward Michael Grylls]
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Bear Grylls Biography & Facts: Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls, born on June 7, 1974, is the commercial look of Man vs Wild. Lieutenant-colonel Grylls is a top-notch survival expert, instructor, and former SAS Serviceman. 

On the side, he’s a writer, TV personality, and keen businessman.

In fact, you’ve probably seen him eat (yes, eat!) unimaginable things in the wild and wander off to some pretty extreme conditions all around the globe. 

Today, in Bear Grylls’ biography, we’ll be feasting our eyes on:

  • His Childhood, Early Years, and Education
  • His Family, Relationships 
  • Insider Gossip
  • And a whole lot more…

If you’re a junkie for adventure, you’re gonna love this!

Hang on tight. We’re off to explore all things Grylls.

Who Is Bear Grylls?

Former 21 SAS Soldier Eduard Michael “Bear” Grylls is the modern-day face of adventure and bravery with a net worth of over $20 million.

He’s a splendid adventurer, writer, TV presenter, and businessman.

Grylls also works as a motivational speaker – giving speeches worldwide to corporations, churches, schools, and other organizations.

He’s larger than life, to say the least!

Bear Grylls Biography
Profession: Chief Scout, Adventurer, Author, Businessman, Motivational Speaker, Television Presenter
Martial Status: Married
Date of Birth (49) : June 7, 1974
Current Occupation: Television Star
Nationality: British
Languages: British English
Height: 182 cm (5’10’’)
Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs)
Religion: Anglican
Eye Color: Grey
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Net Worth: $25 million
Place Of Birth: Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Avocado, Chia Seed Protein, Eggs, Banana, Smoothie, Chocolates, and Almond Milk
Friends: Bear Grylls Friends

The Young Bear Grylls

Young Edward Michael Grylls grew up in the humble town of Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. 

He came from a family with quite an impressive background. 

Grylls was groomed to love the outdoors at an early age – it’s already etched in his blood. 

He learned to set out by himself – climbing, sailing, and surviving. He skydived when he was a teenager on one hand and earned his second dan black belt in Shotokan Karate on the other. 

And in case you didn’t know, Grylls is fluent in three languages too – English, Spanish, and French. 

I kid you not, this guy was MADE to be the chosen man of the wild embarking from one adventure to the next.

Bear Grylls Family & Relationships

Bear Grylls wife – Shara Cannings Knight (Married in 2000)

Bear Grylls Partner

Shara Grylls is more than just a famous person’s wife. Let’s establish that.

The unexpected pair met on the North Coast of Scotland. Grylls was staying with a friend as he prepared for the biggest climb of his life – conquering Mt. Everest. 

Here’s the scoop: 

“It was freezing on the north coast of Scotland, and a wave came and took my clothes,” said Grylls. 

To cut the long story short, Bear was running around naked at the beach when he first met Shara. 

Yes, you read that right. 

I don’t know about you but he definitely fell in love at a bad time – LITERALLY.

Regretfully, Bear had to leave Shara for Everest just a few months after getting to know her.

As he came back successfully scaling the highest mountain, he finally proposed to her without second thoughts. 

Touching story, ain’t it? 

Now, writing was just a hobby for the young gal.

Shara became a published writer as she got married to Grylls, kicking it off with her first piece in 2006, “Marriage Matters.”

She was just a nobody until the release of her second most sought-after book bearing the title “Never Stop Holding Hands: And Other Marriage Survival Tips.”

The inspiration came from a single piece of advice given by an elderly couple on their wedding day.

Much to our amazement, the couple stuck to it on the whole, and it was later on revealed to be one of the secrets behind their blossoming marriage

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls Kids 

Jesse Grylls (Born June 2003)

Early on, Little Jesse got tangled with the inescapable eyes of the paparazzi when he was no younger than 11. 

In support of his high-profile dad, the lad was left in the lurch of a resort in Abersoch, North Wales. 

He was to play the role of a child in distress that needed rescue. 

The little boy was cast down on the rocks that are 100 yards away from the shore. A lifeboat then carried him to safety. It was assured that the meticulously-planned operation was over in a matter of minutes. 

The stunt may have been great for the audience, but Grylls found himself in the middle of a huge backlash from raging parents. 

Grylls found himself at the center of controversy after volunteering his eldest son, Jesse, for a lifeboat training rescue mission.

Bear honestly thought children should be taking more risks in life.

When we try to strip our kids’ world of risk we do them a great disservice. We teach them nothing about handling life,” says Bear. 

“All children have a right to adventure… these moments allow children to get excited about the possibilities the world has to offer.

He also added, “They teach independence, initiative, self-reliance, and resourcefulness: skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.”

‘None of this, of course, should come at the expense of safety.’

Bear then said his son was wearing a life-jacket and was “safe the entire time…and very happy.”

What do you think? 

Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls (Born April 6, 2006)

Bear Grylls Kid

Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls (Born January 15, 2009)

Bear Grylls Kid

The other day when I was training, I said to one of my boys, ‘Pass me the water bottle,’ and he went outside and peed in it and then gave it to me without telling me. He said, ‘But papa I have seen you drink your own pee before.’ I said, ‘That’s a dirty trick.’ He said, ‘I’ve seen you a hundred times do it on the TV.’ I go, ‘Yeah but not when I am doing my press ups, come on,” says Bear Grylls on Running Wild Interview

Bear Grylls’ Mom

Bear Grylls Mom

Sarah (Sally) Smiles Justice Ford is the mom of the Born Survivor.

She’s the daughter of Neville Montagu Ford, a famous cricketer, and Patricia Ford, a Lady Fisher and an Ulster Unionist MP for a short time. 

It was also known that Sally is the stepdaughter of MP Nigel Fisher, a conservative. 

With that being said, it means she’s the stepsister of Labour MP Mark Fisher.

Bear Grylls’ Dad

Bear Grylls Dad

The late Sir William Michael John Grylls (February 21, 1934 – February 7, 2001) was a top-ranking British Conservative Politician with a not-so-good reputation.

Michael was the son of Winterbourne Zelston House’s William Edward Harvey Grylls OBE. He was an educated lad enrolled at the Royal Naval College because his eyesight wasn’t good enough for the army. 

He became part of the Royal Marines and left in 1955 after years of active service. But his thirst for knowledge didn’t stop there – he tried to learn Spanish at the University of Madrid too. 

Get this: During his time as a Politician, Michael got implicated in a huge political scandal back in the 1990s called “Cash-for-Questions Affair.” 

In an effort to redeem himself, he tried his hand in starting a business venture…that went sour.

It was a wine importing firm called “Costa Brava Co.”

Some of his products were labeled “Spanish Champagne” which provoked the wrath of the makers of genuine champagne and some of London’s Bonafide importers. 

Is that what the Spanish classes are for, Michael? 

In the end, he got prosecuted for trading under false descriptions, in which Michael thankfully won against. 

However, he wasn’t as lucky when he got hammered by another case, and this time it’s for using someone else’s trademark.

Bear Grylls Sister 

Lara Fawcett (Elder Sister) 

Bear Grylls Sister

His sister gave him the nickname ‘Bear’ when he was one week old. Apart from that, there’s really nothing much written about her.

Bear Grylls’ Education

  • Eton College/ Bristol University BA (Hispanic Studies)
  • 1994-1997 – British Army Cadets- trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, climbing, parachuting, and explosives
  • Awards/ Medals: Second Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate
  • Link to (Auto) Biography on Kindle

Bear Grylls Career

  • Everest 16 May 1998
  • Circumnavigation of the UK 2000 
  • Crossing the North Atlantic 2003 
  • Dinner Party at Altitude 2005
  • Paramotoring over the Himalayas 2007
  • Journey Antarctica 2008
  • Longest Indoor Freefall 2008
  • Northwest Passage Expedition September 2010

His Speaking Topics Include:

  • Adventure & environment
  • Survival skills
  • The dangers and the delights of the great outdoors
  • Overcoming adversity in sport
  • Testing human limits

Bear Grylls Scandals & Controversies

Bear Grylls and His Fake Scenes 

His most famous show is also where he received the most backlash. 

In Man vs Wild, viewers have uncovered the scenes to be misleading and manipulated purely for entertainment and popularity ratings. 

Many have agreed to the theory of Grylls being alone in the wild as a big game of pretend. 

Turns out, Bear does stay with the whole crew and even gets assisted by them in most of his adventures. 

In one episode, a watchful viewer even found out that the fake bear they used on a fake attack against the trooper…

… was just a man wearing a costume. 

Why? There just wasn’t a tame bear to rent, I guess. 

In another particular scene, Bear had to escape a dangerous active volcano with poisonous gasses.

Heroic, right?

However, it’s just fabricated ingeniously with hot coals and smoke machines. Yikes, Grylls!

And lastly…

… for a stranded desert island situation, they used a not-so-stranded desert island instead.

It was just the outside part of the Hawaiian Archipelago. 

Just as they finished filming, Bear slept in a warm hotel bed. 

Bear Grylls and Abused Charity Money (2007)

As Bear conducted a charity back in 2007, people were appalled to see him and his crew enjoying luxury hotels instead of supposedly camping in the wild.

As a response, the show got cancelled with a disclaimer from the team saying, “Bear Grylls and the crew receive support when they are in potential life threatening situations, as required by health and safety regulations.”

I honestly think the “disclaimer” answered nothing.

Was Bear Grylls in the SAS?

Yes and No – In fact Grylls spun the trust here ALOT – He was in fact in the weekend Territorial Army with 21 SAS, not the real SAS – Not cool Bear pretending, these guys are heroes.

Interesting Facts About Bear Grylls

  1. He’s housed in the most bizarre places. 
  2. His first made public in a deodorant advertisement. 
  3. He almost got paralized permanently during his time as a SAS.
  4. The weirder the challenge, the better. 
  5. Bear is very very popular in China – even more so than in the UK.
  6. He did a very DARING wedding proposal (stripped naked) 
  7. He became the youngest person to ever climb Everest in just 90 days. 
  8. Here’s a list of everything Bear has eaten that’s questionable: Camel Intestine Juice, live snake, raw frozen yak eyeballs, maggots in yellow pus, and a giant live spider. 
  9. He attended a prestigious (and expensive) british school, Eton College. 
  10. He became the first man to ever ride on a powered paraglider.

Bear Grylls TV Shows

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Man vs Wild also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls,Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or simply Bear Grylls

Narrated and Starred by Bear Grylls featured on Discovery Channel. The common setting of having been stranded in a region and survival until going back to civilization.

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Escape to the Legion

It is a TV series wherein the characters are subjected to endure “physical breakdown, mental exhaustion and torturous sleep deprivation.”

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You vs. Wild

It’s an interactive series between the viewers and Bear Grylls. The audience needed to decide how and what Bear Grylls have to do to survive.

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Worst Case Scenario

Based on Grylls’ popular book, this TV series demonstrates how to survive from real life threatening situations.

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Get Out Alive

Bear hosts this TV game show where 10 teams battle it out to avoid elimination.

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Escape from Hell

This TV show features Bear Grylls recreating life threatening situations people have actually been in.

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The Island with Bear Grylls

Grylls takes contestants in a deserted pacific island – survive and find the hidden prize for 30 days.

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Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Bear takes celebrities into a gruesome adventure for 48-hrs with the task to survive.

Bear Grylls Books

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Facing Up (UK version) A Remarkable Journey to the Summit of Mt Everest

Originally published: 2000

Author: Bear Grylls

Genres: Biography, Travel literature

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Will Jaeger: Ghost Flight and Burning Angels.

2 books Bear Grylls has written using his persona as an inspiration released in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 

Genres: Suspense, Thriller, Adventure fiction

Bear Grylls Business Interests

Bear Grylls Ventures and NM Capital bought British Military Fitness in September of 2018 and re-branded as “Be Military Fit with Bear Grylls.”

They organize outdoor group fitness classes in 140 public parks and outdoor spaces around the United Kingdom. The classes are run by former or serving members of the British Armed Forces with recognized fitness training qualifications. It is Europe’s largest outdoor fitness company.

Bear Grylls Lifetime Achievements

  1. Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories 
  2. OBE
  3. Honorary Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve
  4. Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve

Top 3 Quotes From Bear Grylls

  • “My faith is the backbone of my life.”
  • “Survival can be summed up in three words – never give up.”
  • “A man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.”
  • “The line between life or death is determined by what we are willing to do.”

Top 3 Memes – Bear Grylls

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Bear Grylls Bio: 5 Lessons

  1. You can do anything you want when you put your mind to it or if contractual obligations deem it necessary.
  2. A good rule of thumb is to presume that nobody ever wants to see your bare feet ever.
  3. Posh people are the absolute worst and should be avoided at all costs.
  4. The longer you spend with idiots, the more you begin to understand the concept of murder.
  5. Learn to take risks.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

 What happened with Bear Grylls?

The actor has been fired from Discovery Channel after having a dispute about their contract.

Is Bear Grylls rich?

With a Net Worth of $25 Million I’d dare say he is.

Did Bear Grylls break his back?

Yes, when he was on a climb to Mount Everest.

Conclusion: Bear Grylls Biography

If you want to know why it’s important to drink your own pee, watch his shows! 

Kidding aside, even after I find his career to be a complete success, I never imagined this guy would be fired from Discovery Channel! 

You really learn a new thing everyday.

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