Adventurer, natural history TV presenter, public speaker and author
One of TV’s busiest presenters, wildlife expert Steve has just returned from his Deadly 60 Live Tour in Australia in January 2017 following his Wild World Live UK Tour earlier this Autumn. Most recently, Steve has been on our screens in his two part BBC Series Extreme Mountain Challenge and his new six part ITV Series Fierce. Earlier this year, Steve toured Australia with his first Deadly 60 Live tour at famous venues including the Sydney Opera House following the success of his previous UK tours and the release of his book Mountain. Last year, Steve co presented the hugely successful Big Blue Live series in Monterey, California for the BBC and PBS in the USA. This didn't stop Steve also completing his expedition in Venezuela for the BBC, filming on Baffin Island and before that, treating audiences at home to an amazing set of performances on Strictly Come Dancing. Steve also fronts the CBBC Deadly series, travelling the world to film Deadly Pole to Pole, Deadly 60, Live and Deadly, Deadly 360, Deadly on a Mission and his most recent Deadly 60 series, Backshall's Deadly Adventures. In 2011, Steve won the BAFTA award for best Children's Television Presenter as well as Deadly 60 winning Best Factual series.
Steve is hugely popular with young TV viewers who are both terrified and delighted to watch his encounters with extraordinary and inspiring predators. This success led to Deadly Days Out a BBC series of events bringing live animals to locations across the UK, as well as several sell-out theatre tours. The biggest single day had an estimated 14,000 people turn out, and over the last few years Steve has talked live to over 300,000.
Steve is also a prolific author, having published 13 books. His latest novel Shark Seas, released in October, is the fourth book in his children's adventure fiction series The Falcon Chronicles which so far comprises of Tiger Wars, Ghosts of the Forest and Wilds of the Wolf. He has also produced non-fiction – his Looking for Adventure chronicles expeditions in New Guinea. Steve is also the proud ambassador for Cubs and the Get Outside champion for Ordinance Survey. Earlier this year, Steve also released an exciting new range of outdoor gear for kids with Mountain Warehouse.
Steve’s extreme adventures include being part of the BBC’s Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. He made the first descent into an unexplored sinkhole for BBC One’s Emmy-nominated epic Expedition Borneo, and trekked into the heart of America’s most inhospitable terrain for Discovery’s Expedition Alaska. Closer to home, Steve has presented Britain’s Lost World, Extreme Caving, Inside Out, The One Show, The Nature of Britain, and The Really Wild Show for CBBC.
He is an old-fashioned action hero whose leisure pursuits include mountaineering, kayaking, scuba diving, martial arts and endurance running, which together with his unsurpassed wildlife knowledge and experience combines to make him a compelling and motivational speaker for a multitude of audiences.
Pictures courtesy of: Adam White, Martin Hartley.