Nigel Marven

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Nigel Marven
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Nigel Marven at the Webosaurs official launch in Dallas (2009)
Born (1960-11-27) 27 November 1960 (age 53)
Barnet, London, England, UK
Occupation television presenter of nature documentary
Spouse(s) Gill Marven
Website
Nigel Marven

Nigel Marven (b. Barnet, London, 27 November 1960) is a British wildlife presenter, television producer, author and ornithologist. He ran the 2008 London marathon in 4 hours 4 minutes to try to raise £20,000 for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society UK.[1]

Career[edit]

Marven was born in Barnet, but he was growing up in St. Albans. Since he was a little boy, he loves the animal world, his first ever-pet was a hamster called Hummy. He kept stick insects and eel in a bath. When he was 15, he got young spectacled caiman too. He studied botany at Bristol University until the age of 22 when he left to begin his career at the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Over the following years he worked firstly as a wildlife documentary researcher for such programmes as The First Eden and My Family and Other Animals then went on to produce such series as The Land of the Russian Bear. He enjoyed a 12-year professional collaboration with David Attenborough whom he holds in high esteem. In 1998, he moved to ITV where, to his surprise, he found himself being asked to present wildlife documentaries as well as producing them.

He is known[citation needed] for his unorthodox, spontaneous, and daring style of presenting wildlife documentaries as well as for including factual knowledge into the proceedings. This has led some people to compare him to Steve Irwin[citation needed]. In his first television series for ITV, Giants, he swam with a great white shark without the protection of a cage. Other scenes included him having a goliath birdeater spider, arguably the largest spider in the world, walk over his face, and grappling with a fifteen-foot rock python deep in its underground lair. This style of presenting has won him many viewers to his succeeding series and to date he has presented more than 30 wildlife programs and series for TV.

In 2002 the Impossible Pictures production company asked him to present in the Walking with Dinosaurs episodes Chased by Dinosaurs: The Giant Claw & Land Of Giants, and then Sea Monsters. Then he moved on to Prehistoric Park on ITV, a fictional series about travelling back in time to rescue examples of extinct creatures such as a Tyrannosaurus, Woolly Mammoth, Arthropleura and other prehistoric animals. 2009 saw Nigel feature in season 3, episode 4 of hit action drama Primeval, where he is seen playing with a baby Velociraptor before encountering a Giganotosaurus, which has eat Nigel off camera. Both of these series were also made by Impossible Pictures.

In 2003, he also found his own and independent company Image Impact, start making his very own wildlife films, including a few one-hour specials and then series, such as Penguin Safari and Panda Adventure. His recent series include Untamed China, Wild Colombia, Whale Adventure and Ten Deadliest Snakes, which was first broadcast on Animal Planet in the US in spring 2014 and on Eden in the UK in June of the same year.

During a simulated dinosaur encounter in the third episode of Prehistoric Park, Marven declared himself a 'vegetarian'. Throughout the series he applies the same term to naturally herbivorous animals. In the second episode of Untamed China series he says the team cooked vegetarian food especially for him.

Close encounters[edit]

Altough he never was bitten by a badly venomous snake, he had a few deadly encounters with them. While producing BBC's film The Serpent's Embrace, spitting cobra sprayed its venom into eyes of Nigel. He spended 2-3 days in the hospital, luckily the venom couldn't get into the blood. The similar encounter happened in december 2008 while Nigel was filming short film about black-necked spitting cobra for Webosaurs. Though he used to wear mask, the cobra venom landed in Marven's hair, then mixed with sweat and ran into his eyes, so he stopped the filming until next morning. In his 2008 series Jaguar Adventure he was bitten by a midly toxic venomous false water cobra. His hand swelled up in within ten minutes, but there weren't any other problems.

In his 2004 nature documentary Bull Shark: World's Deadliest Shark Nigel Marven standed with shark expert Erich Ritter in the water surrounded by sharks. During the filming, bull shark attacked Ritter's leg and gave him 30 centimetres bite to his calf. Marven still recalls it was one of the most dangerous moments in his career.

In the third episode of 2012 series Wild Colombia Nigel was bitten by non-venomous Central American tree boa onto his nose, blood covering his face. The similar deadly encounter happened in his 2013 show Ten Deadliest Snakes: China with a king ratsnake.

Personal life[edit]

Nigel is married and has two children: son Theo, born in 2003, and daughter Eleonora, born in October 2008. He lives with his wife Gill in North Somerset, UK.

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