Bear Grylls: Early Life and Education

Bear Grylls

Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls (born 7 June 1974) is a British adventurer, screenwriter, television presenter, and also businessman. He first drew attention after embarking on several adventures, that is followed by the channel “Discovery” and then became widely known for his television series named Man vs. Wild between the year of (2006–2011). He is also involved in several wilderness survival television series in both the UK and US.

Bear Grylls

Early Life

Edward Michael Grylls was born in London on 7 June 1974 and belongs to a family with strong cricketing background. Where both his grandfather Neville Ford and great-great-grandfather William Augustus Ford, were known to be first-class cricketers. As he grew up in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland when his age is four, his family moved to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. He is the only son of a Conservative politician who is named Sir  Michael Grylls and his wife named Sarah. Grylls has one sibling, an elder sister of Grylls, named Lara Fawcett. Who gave him the nickname ‘Bear’ when he was a week older than her.

From a very early age, Bear Grylls learned to climb and sail with his father. Who was a member of the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. As a teenager, he learned skydiving and earned a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate. He speaks several languages such as English, Spanish, French, and many others. He is an Anglican and has described his Christian faith as the “backbone” of his life.


Grylls complete his at Eaton House, Ludgrove High School, and Eton College, where he helped start its first mountaineering club and got trained. He studied Spanish and German at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and got a degree from Birkbeck College, where he graduated with a 2:2 ratio bachelor’s degree, and obtained a part-time, in Hispanic studies in the year 2002.

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