Bear Grylls

British adventurer, writer and television presenter (born 1974)

Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls (born 7 June 1974) is an English-Irish [1] adventurer. He has been the Chief Scout since 2009.[2] He climbed Mount Everest when he was 23. He broke the record for the youngest British person to climb the mountain. Grylls has been in many television programmes.[3]

Grylls was born in London and grew up in Donaghadee, County Down and Bembridge, Isle of Wight. He was educated at Eton College and Birkbeck, University of London.

He served in the S.A.S. and is a Christian.[4]

His wife is Shara Cannings Knight and his parents are the late Conservative MP Sir Michael Grylls and Lady Grylls (she is of Irish origin).[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bear Grylls reveals surprising Irish connection during appearance in Dublin, Evoke, 9 January 2020
  2. Jane Dudman (12 January 2011). "Leading questions: Bear Grylls, chief Scout". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  3. "Bear-faced cheek of adventurer who sneaked off to hotels", Daily Mail, London, 23 July 2007
  4. Bear Grylls: My Christian faith is my backbone, Christian Today, 8 September 2015

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