(born 3 November 1973) is an English
The son of
actress Julia Foster and broadcasting
veterinarian Bruce Fogle, he attended Bryanston
School in Dorset.
has two sisters: Emily Fogle, a graphic designer and Tamara Fogle,
a London fashion designer.
Fogle has often cited an early inspiration as Shakleton, in whose
travels he became more interested in after his own near death
experience in Snowdonia.
He studied at the University of
and the University of Costa Rica
. He worked
on the Picture Desk of Tatler
magazine in London before leaving to appear in reality show Castaway 2000
first came to public notice by participating in the BBC reality show
Castaway 2000, which followed
a group of thirty-six people marooned on the Scottish island of
Taransay for a year
starting 1 January 2000.
The series captured the nation's
imagination and attracted an audience of 9 million.
Fogle presenting at Crufts
Fogle has since become a regular television presenter for the BBC,
, One Man and His Dog
, Country Tracks
, Extreme Dreams With Ben
, Animal Park
Wild on the West Coast
and Wild in Africa
. He has
also reported for Inside Out
, Cash In the Attic
Heaven and Earth
, and What Are We Like
. BBC 2's Escape in Time will be
broadcast in the new year.
appeared on the rural affairs programme alongside John Craven from 2001 until 2008, during which
time he reported on a number of the UK's rural pastimes, including
coracle racing, the worm charming championships, the lawn mower racing championship, world
stinging nettle eating competition
in Dorset, oyster eating championships in Northern
Ireland, World Conker
Championships in Northamptonshire, the alternative Scottish games, world tin bath
racing on the Isle of
Man, bog snorkelling and
the Man versus Horse race in Wales, the
Tough Guy Competition,
cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, morris dancing, Tar Barrels in Devon, Up Helly Aa in Shetland, the Furry Dance in
Cornwall and the British Open Crabbing Championships in
In 2008 Ben
took part in the World Coal Carrying Championships in Gawthorpe,
West Yorkshire finishing in 22nd place.
Fogle left Countryfile
after its format revamp in 2008,
and is now fronting a new Sunday Morning show Country Tracks.
He presented the BBC 2 series made by Ricochet
in 2006 and 2007
in which he selected five members of the public to go on
expeditions of a lifetime. Destinations included expeditions to the
Kaiteur Falls in Guyana, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Baker
in Uganda, Mount Roraima in Venezuela, the Black Cat trail in Papua
New Guinea, the Inca ruins in Peru, the Sahara Desert of Libya,
Across the Arctic tundra of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle and most
recently a journey across the Andes of South America from the
Equator in Ecuador to the tropic of Capricorn in Chile.
Fogle was the first to cross the line in the pairs division of the
2005–2006 Atlantic Rowing Race
in "Spirit of EDF Energy", partnered by Olympic
, third overall. Whilst competing in the 3000 mile
race, the pair had their boat fully capsized by huge waves.
landfall in Antigua at 07:13
GMT on 19 January 2006, a crossing time of
49 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes.
penalties, they were placed second in the pairs and fourth overall.
The BBC series that followed the pair, Through Hell and High
, won a RTS
also completed the six day Marathon
des Sables for the World
Wide Fund for Nature across of the Sahara Desert and the Safaricom Marathon in
Kenya for the TUSK Trust, with
Safari Park keeper Ryan Hockley.
Fogle has completed the
Bupa great North Run in 1 hour 33 minutes, the London Marathon and
the Royal Parks Half marathon. Fogle beat Eastenders
in a three round charity boxing
match for BBC Sport Relief
under the training of Frank Bruno
In October 2009, Ben and James Cracknell cycled a rickshaw 423
miles from Edinburgh to London non stop. The team took 60 hours to
reach the capital, raising money for SSAFA (Soldiers, Saliors,
Airmen and Families Association) The event was filmed for ITV's
Pride of Britain Awards.
Fogle is an ocean yachtmaster with a sailing world record for the
Fogle teamed up with James Cracknell
once again, together with Ed Coats, a Bristol based doctor , as
to take part in the inaugural South Pole Race.The team
took 18 days, 5 hours and 10 minutes to complete the 770km race,
coming second overall, behind the Norwegian Team, who commended
them on making it "a fantastic race".Ben suffered hypothermia and
frostbite to his nose and the team experienced temperatures as low
as minus 40 °C.The race was filmed by the BBC for the series
On Thin Ice
and was aired in Summer 2009. Macmillan
published an account of their journey, Race to The Pole which
became a top-10 bestseller in the UK.
written four books; The Teatime Islands in search of the
remaining islands in the British
Empire in which he travels to Saint
Island, the Falkland Islands, the British Indian Ocean
Territories and Tristan da Cunha. He also attempted to travel to Pitcairn
Island but when the inhabitants learned that he was a
journalist, they refused to let him land.
It was short
listed for the W H Smith
's people's award
for Best Travel Book.
He has also written Offshore
published by Penguin
in 2006 in which he travelled around
Britain in search of an island of his own. He visited the Kingdom
of Sealand and attempted to invade Rockall in the
2006 he published the hit Crossing
, published by Atlantic
books and co-written with Cracknell followed their Transatlantic
rowing bid. In 2009, The Race to the Pole was published by
Fogle writes a weekly Country Diary for the Sunday Telegraph and is
a regular columnist for The
and travel writer for The Independent
. He has a column in
magazine and has contributed to
the Evening Standard
New York Times
, The Sunday Times
In 2006 he married Marina Hunt, co-founder of Kasimira party
organisers whom he met whilst walking his black Labrador Retriever
, Inca. The Fogles are
currently expecting their first child, due in December 2009.
filming the latest series of Extreme Dreams in Peru, Fogle
illness left him bedridden for three weeks on his return home.
treated at London's Hospital for Tropical
Fogle is the President of the Campaign for National Parks
which role he backs the Youth
campaign to open up England's national
parks to ethnic minorities. Fogle is also: an ambassador for the
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and
Tusk; a supporter of the Duke of
Edinburgh award scheme, and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People;
and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
He is also a patron for the British
Hedgehog Preservation Society, the Prince's Trust and
Fogle was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by the University of Portsmouth
Television presenting credits
- Daily Telegraph - Race to the South Pole
- South Pole Race website
- Five episodes of 'On Thin Ice' were broadcast on BBC 2
Sunday evenings receiving a peak record of 3.7 million viewers
- Amazon.co.uk: Joseph Haschka's review of Offshore: In
Search of an Island of My Own
- Fogle catches a flesh-eating bug
- Communicator - The newsletter of the University of
Portsmouth - Issue 19 - Autumn 2007