Fast Facts

  • Served three years with Britain's Special Air Service.
  • Broke his back in three places from a parachuting accident.
  • Reached the summit of Mount Everest at age 23.
  • Rowed naked in a homemade bathtub for 22 miles along the Thames to raise funds for a friend who lost his legs in a climbing accident.
  • Authored the Mission Survival book series for young readers;  released his autobiography, Mud, Sweat and Tears, in 2011.


  • 2015, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Reality And Constucted Factual: Winner


  • Lara Fawcett — Sister
  • Marmaduke Grylls — Son
  • Lady Grylls — Mother
  • Neville Ford — Grandfather
  • Huckleberry Grylls — Son
  • Shara Grylls — Wife
  • Jesse Grylls — Son
  • Michael Grylls — Father
  • Patricia Ford — Grandmother


  • Birkbeck, University of London, London, England (BA in Hispanic Studies, 2002)


  • Birth Name: Edward Michael Grylls
  • Birth Place: Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England
  • Profession: Survivalist, Author, Reality cast member

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