Kate Humble at the Monmouthshire Show in 2012
12 December 1968 |
Wimbledon, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Television presenter, RSPB President|
|Spouse(s)||Ludo Graham (1992-present)|
Katherine 'Kate' Humble (born 12 December 1968) is an English television presenter, mainly for the BBC, specialising in wildlife and science programmes. She was also the President of the RSPB until 2013.
Early life and education
Born in Wimbledon, London, to Nick Humble and Diana Carter, she is the grand-daughter of Bill Humble, a well-known pre-Second World War aviator. She is also the great-great-great grand-daughter of Joseph Humble, colliery manager of Hartley Colliery at the time of the eponymous disaster. She grew up in Bray in Berkshire and attended the Abbey School, Reading.
|“||I was a very bad student. I had a fantastic Latin teacher which did mean I did Latin A-Level but other than that my school career wasn't something to be proud of.||”|
—Kate Humble, BBC, 25 September 2001
After leaving school she travelled through Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, doing various jobs including waitressing, driving safari trucks and working on a crocodile farm. She has returned to Africa many times since. In 1994 she travelled around Madagascar, the subject of her first article for The Daily Telegraph travel section. Since then she has written articles about diving and cycling in Cuba, an 'exploding' lake in Cameroon, and hippopotamus conservation work in Ghana.
In 1990 Humble appeared for the first time as an actress in a TV production Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming — and was credited as "Lauren Heston .... The redhead". She was the assistant to a casting director who was looking for an actress to play a brief nude scene, and she got the job herself. 
Humble started her television career as a researcher, later transferring to presenting programmes such as Top Gear, Tomorrow's World and the 2001 series The Holiday Programme - You call the shots where the team travelled the world doing whatever viewers recommended using the then-novel media of text messaging and emailing the team as they travelled.
From 2000 to 2005 she presented a BBC series called Rough Science, in which a number of scientists were set various challenges to be solved using just basic tools and supplies.
She occasionally performs on the lecture circuit with a show based on her experiences with wildlife, titled Harassed by Hippos and Battered by Cod: A Humble Way to Make a Living.
On 29 July 2009 Humble was the subject for the programme Who Do You Think You Are? where she discovered that she had family connections to the Hartley Colliery Disaster. Her paternal grandfather Bill Humble was a test pilot who tested the Hawker Tempest and her maternal grandfather Stan Carter served as an officer in the RAF and after being shot down was held as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft III at the time of "The Great Escape".
In August 2009 Humble presented a series of programmes for the BBC in which she makes a two thousand mile journey across the Middle East, following the ancient frankincense trade route of Arabia which first connected the Arab world with the West. The series culminates in her presenting frankincense, that she has carried throughout the journey, to be used in a Christmas service at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
She was recently[when?] on holiday in the northeastern region of Afghanistan where there were no signs of conflict but where the Wakhi locals were expected to be hostile. Instead, Humble found they were 'amongst the most astonishing, hospitable, warm, genuine people' she has ever met. They were also hard and tough, and Humble believes that 'if anyone thinks they are going to win a war against an Afghan they are insane!' She is writing about her experiences in Afghanistan for a forthcoming publication.
From 3–7 May 2010 she appeared as the dictionary corner guest on Countdown.
In February 2011 Humble presented a three-part series of programmes, The Spice Trail, on the trail of 6 of the world's most valuable spices revealing their history, trade, mythology and usage. Part 1 - Pepper & Cinnamon, Part 2 - Nutmeg & Cloves, Part 3 - Saffron & Vanilla.
Humble is married to television producer Ludo Graham. They first met when she was aged 16, married in Newbury, Berkshire, in 1992, when she was 23, and in 2010 moved from Chiswick, West London to the village of Trellech in the Wye Valley, where they have wanted to live for 'a very long time'.
On 3 October 2009 Humble was appointed President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She is an honorary graduate of the Open University. Humble is a beekeeper and a member of the British Beekeepers Association.
- Internet Movie Database — Kate Humble
- Kate Humble Daily Mirror interview
- "Holiday: You Call the Shots - Episode Guide". LocateTV. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- BBC's The Blue Planet Live![dead link]
- BBC HD Programmes — Hottest Place on Earth
- All-Electric Productions: Kate Humble
- Channel 4 catch-up page accurate on 18 February 2009
- "The scheme". The Guardian (London). 1 July 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Warman, Matt (24 July 2009). "Kate Humble: Interview". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
- The Frankincense Trail
- "Humble beginnings". Sesame (244) (Open University). Spring 2010. p. 31.
- The Spice Trail
- Grant, Olly (9 July 2012). "Volcano Live, BBC Two, preview". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Humble, Kate (2013). Humble by Nature. Headline.
- Jamieson, Alastair (3 October 2009). "Springwatch star Kate Humble appointed president of RSPB". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-04.
- "Bee Part Of It: Have Kate Humble's bees survived?". BBC. 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
- "Kate Humble: September". Bakewell Today. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Kate Humble's personal website
- BBC homepage of Kate Humble
- Kate Humble at the Internet Movie Database
- Online chat with Kate on her "Holiday - You Call The Shots " experiences
- Interview on "SeaWatch" series
- Kate's charity Stuff Your Rucksack