Writing Biography

Hi, there! I’m Irynka and I’m learning how to write a person’s biography. I want to tell about Bear Grylls.

Level A2/B1

Bear Grylls is a British adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman.

His name is not actually Bear. His real name is Edward Michael Grylls. His only sibling Lara gave him the nickname “Bear” when he was just a week old.

He was born in the UK in 1974. His family lived in Northern Ireland and in England. From an early age, he learned to climb and sail with his father.

He attended prestigious British school, Eton College, where he helped start its first mountaineering club. As a teenager, he learned to skydive. He has a black belt in karate.

He studied at London University.

He was in the British army for 3 years and was trained in unarmed combat, desert and winter warfare, survival, climbing, parachuting, and explosives. Grylls broke his back in three places in a free-fall parachuting accident.

Bear Grylls climbed Mount Everest when he was 23. His childhood dream came true. 90 days – the number of days it took for him to reach the top of Mount Everest.

His first book, Facing Up went into the top 10 best-seller list in Britain. Bear Grylls wrote several books including four teenage fiction books about survival titled Mission Survival.

Bear Grylls started work as a TV presenter in 2005. He became widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild. He is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US, such as Running Wild with Bear Grylls and The Island with Bear Grylls.

In 2009, he was appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout in UK.

Bear Grylls is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, an organisation which provides training, financial, and practical support to young people in the United Kingdom.

Bear’s life motto is simple: courage and kindness and never give up!