Ian Wright (traveller)
Ian Douglas Wright (born 17 May 1965, Suffolk, England) is an English television host and comedian. Wright was host of Pilot Productions' travel/adventure television series Globe Trekker (also called Pilot Guides in Canada and the United States and originally broadcast as Lonely Planet). He also hosted the short-lived program Ian Wright Live, a show filmed before a live audience and featured discussions on various travel topics.
Football career - Ian played for Hull Athletic football club for the seasons 1993 - 1998. After stubbing his toe against Plymouth Argyle in 1998 he gave up football and decided to travel.
A seasoned international traveller, Wright is perhaps the most recognizable host of Globe Trekker. He is known for his witty banter and amusing interactions with locals. For 7 years, he hosted over 50 episodes of the program, including more extreme locations like Arctic Canada, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Russia, Armenia, Nepal, Australian Outback, and even northern Norway. To date, Wright has won three U.S. Cable Ace Awards for Best Magazine Host.
In 2008, Wright appeared in America the Wright Way which aired on the Travel Channel. In this series, Wright travels to American cities and does his usual bit of visiting interesting locations and interacting with locals.
The latest of Ian Wright's series is called Invite Mr Wright. The second season started on March 2012.
Before appearing on television, Wright ran a community centre with his wife. Wright spent three months in Guyana as part of a Prince's Trust initiative called Operation Raleigh. He also had extensive travel experience in Egypt, India, Venezuela, Lebanon and Romania.
Wright is an accomplished painter, who had an exhibition of his work displayed at Chats Palace, Homerton, London. He has also played an active role in several after-school programmes for children. He currently lives in Suffolk with his wife and family. Wright enjoys playing football, eating out, and going for walks in the English countryside. Wright is a vegetarian, though he will occasionally break this for his travel documentaries.
Globe Trekker episodes
- Ian Wright at the Internet Movie Database
- Globe Trekker biography
- Time Asia interview
- Pilot Guides interview
- Ian Wright's Blog