Sir David Attenborough is back, applying his unrivalled knowledge of planet earth to new BBC series Dynasties.

The BBC One documentary is a five-part series that will air every Sunday night at 8.30 pm.

Dubbed ‘everybody’s grandad’, David Attenborough is a cult hero and icon in the U.K, not least for his incredible contributions to the world.

What you might not know, however, is his exact age.

How old is David Attenborough? And when is his birthday?

Sir David Attenborough - (C) Nick Lyon - Photographer: Nick Lyon
Sir David Attenborough – (C) Nick Lyon – Photographer: Nick Lyon

How Old is David Attenborough?

Sir David Attenborough was born on May 8th, 1926.

This makes him 92 years old!

Big Dave was born in Isleworth, Middlesex, but grew up in Leicester where he attended college and university.

David Attenborough: Family

David’s father was called Frederick and was the principal at his university in Leicester. His mum was called Mary.

David also has two brothers, elder sibling Richard and younger brother John.

Richard Attenborough was a famous actor, producer and filmmaker, picking up four BAFTA Awards and four Golden Globe Awards over his career while cementing himself in pop-culture history with an appearance in Jurassic Park.

He died in 2014 aged 90 and was married to actress Sheila Sim from 1941.

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John Attenborough was a famous name in the car industry, heading the British operations of Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo for 10 years.

He was the first of the three brothers to pass away in 2012, aged 84.

David Attenborough: Wife

The legendary naturalist and nature documentary producer married Jane Oriel in 1950, although she passed away in 1997 due to a brain haemorrhage aged 70.

After Jane had passed away, David wrote in a memoir: “The focus of my life, the anchor had gone … now I was lost.”

David and Jane had two children together. Son Robert is a lecturer in bioanthropology and daughter Susan is a primary school headmistress.

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What You Didn’t Know!

  • David Attenborough has 32 honorary degrees!
  • He is the only person to win a BAFTA in black and white, colour and 3D.
  • There are 11 animals and plants named after him!
  • David is believed to be on the most travelled men in history.


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