Steve Backshall
Agent(s): Julian Alexander

Steve Backshall MBE is a natural historian, author and TV presenter, often seen on the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. In 2023, he’s travelled across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans filming Whale for Sky TV, a ground-breaking programme tracking our most iconic, yet threatened, species. And series two of Our Changing Planet for BBC One, an ambitious seven-year series documenting six of the planet’s most threatened ecosystems. He has also presented three major, new TV projects for Channel 5 and his phenomenally successful Deadly series returned to screens with Deadly Mission Shark, CBBC.

As an inspirational public speaker, Steve presents on a range of wildlife, conservation, exploration and adventure topics. An all-action hero, Steve has led overseas expeditions and explored some of the most incredible places on the planet. This, coupled with his unparalleled knowledge of wildlife and the natural world, make him a fascinating guest speaker.

A prolific writer, Steve has published 19 books. Looking for Adventure (Orion, 2011) tells the story of a childhood dream realised in a (near disastrous) expedition to the extraordinary world that is Papua New Guinea.  In 2015, Steve published a climbing memoir, Mountain: A Life on the Rocks (Orion, 2015)a wonderfully absorbing and dramatic account of a life of daring.

Expedition (BBC Books, 2019) takes us to the dark corners of our planet that are yet to be explored. In this remarkable book, Steve Backshall offers an unflinching account of his adventures into these uncharted territories around the globe, in search of world firsts.

Wildlings (Two Roads, 2022), co-written with his wife Helen Glover, is the ultimate handbook for raising wilder, happier, muddier, more resilient kids – whatever the weather and wherever you live. With contributions from Bear Grylls, Ed Stafford, Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Murray, Caroline Lucas, Wayne Bridge and many more, Wildlings is a map to a more adventurous, wilder future.

Deep Blue (Ebury, 2023) is a book a lifetime in the making. It is a remarkable blend of memoir, travel, and marine and environmental science that takes us on an unforgettable tour of the many worlds of aquatic life: from underwater deserts and rainforests to the evolution of ocean heroes like the sea turtle and the Great White, from the genesis of ocean life to the rapidly declining state of white polar seas and coral reefs. It’s both a love letter to our precious oceans and rallying cry for what we must do to save them.

Steve has also written numerous children’s books including The Falcon Chronicles (Orion), Deadly Detectives (Orion), Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60 (Orion), and Predators (Orion), a series of YA novels with an ecological edge.

As if that wasn’t enough, in 2023, Steve showed immense resilience and determination to break a new world record – the fastest time to paddle the length of the Thames River.

Steve lives with his wife Helen Glover and their three children.

The Soho Agency represent Steve Backshall in association with Jo Sarsby Management.

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