Simon King Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Kids, BBC, Acting, Awards, Salary

Simon King Biography

Simon Henry King is a British media personality working for the BBC News. He has filmed and co-presented the long-running BBC One series Big Cat Diary alongside Jonathan Scott and Saba Douglas-Hamilton. He also co-presented BBC Two’s annual Springwatch and Autumnwatch series with Bill Oddie and Kate Humble later with Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games and also was a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Tracks and  fronted Watch Out.

Simon King Age

King was born on  27 December 1962 in Nairobi Kenya.

Simon King Height

He stands at a height of 6 feet tall.

Simon King Nationality

He is a British.

Simon King Education

King attended Henbury School from 1974 to 1979.

Simon King Parents

King is the son of John King and Eve King .His father worked with the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Nairobi. The family moved to Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1964. Unfortunately his parents separated when he was nine years old, and thereafter he lived with his mother.

Simon King Siblings

Simon has a sister named Debbie but he hasn’t revealed any information about her.

Simon King Wife

King married twice. The first marriage ended in a divorce but reasons for divorce are not known. He later  married Marguerite Smits van Oyen who is also a film maker.

Simon King Children

King has one daughter from his second marriage, Savannah, born in August 2006. He also has three children from his first marriage: Alexander (born 1986), Romy (born 1989) and Greer (born 1995).

Simon King BBC  News

King made two series of King’s Country and a series of King’s Country Diary for the BBC. He was also responsible for BBC Two’s Christmas dramatized wildlife documentaries including “Rannoch the Red Deer”, “Dusk the Badger”, “Shadow the Peregrine” and the programmes “Aliya the Asian Elephant” and “Tyto the Barn Owl”, which were produced and narrated by his father and won industry awards.

He presented the highly successful six-part series King and Company and A Walk on the Wildside which was two-and-a-half years in the making. Since 1992, King has worked on programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit. His early credits included presenting stints on series such as Nature Detectives and Wild Nights with Simon King, as well as fronting the Unit’s occasional live “Watch” broadcasts. He was a regular presenter on BBC Two’s Tracks, fronted Watch Out on the same channel and filmed all over the world for Hot Shots, a series which looked at the making of natural history films.

King has also  filmed and co-presented the long-running BBC One series Big Cat Diary alongside Jonathan Scott and Saba Douglas-Hamilton, which follows the progress of lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. He also co-presented BBC Two’s annual Springwatch and Autumnwatch series with Bill Oddie and Kate Humble later with Chris Packham and Martin Hughes-Games. For these, King films and presents live outside broadcasts from wildlife hotspots around the British Isles, including Shetland, Mull, the London Wetlands Centre and the Somerset Levels.

His other  filming projects include principal camera credits for Wild Africa and The Blue Planet. He has won BAFTA awards for his camera work on Life in the Freezer and Planet Earth, for which he filmed a celebrated slow-motion sequence of a great white shark leaping out of the water to catch a Cape fur seal.

In 2007, it was announced that King and an assistant had been attacked by a rabid cheetah in Kenya while filming for Natural World. They were given rabies jabs and did not develop the disease, although the cheetah itself later died. This attack was documented in the Natural World episode “Toki’s Tale.” In 2011, King was part of the camera team for the Disney film, African Cats. King has also filmed a number of instructional videos for Ordnance Survey, with help on using a compass, reading a map and using grid references.

Simon King Acting

.He began his career as a child actor at the age of ten in such television films as The Fox (1973) and Secret Place (1974). In 1976 he accompanied naturalist Mike Kendall in the BBC series Man and Boy, in which they searched the country for Britain’s wildlife. All of these were his father’s projects.

In 1984, he made his first film for television – “The Willow”, a study of the wildlife which surrounds a willow tree. This was broadcast as an edition of the BBC series The World About Us, as was his following film “The Hidden Land”, a study of the wildlife which exists around the hotels in Spain’s Costa del Sol. He has since gone on to produce more than 80 natural history films as principal cameraman, director, producer and many more as presenter.

Simon King Awards

Simon has won numerous awards and nominations including ,an OBE for Services to Wildlife Photography and Conservation, Outstanding cinematography for documentary and long form (Team Award) for One Life, Wild Screen Theatrical Award (Team Award) for African Cats,Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, The Royal Geographical Society Cherry Hearton Award,  British Naturalist Association Peter Scott Memorial Award, ZSL Thomson / Zoological Record Award, Outstanding cinematography for non-fiction programmes (Team Award) for ‘Blue Planet: Seas of Life’,  BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) Best Photography Factual (Team Award) for ‘Blue Planet’ and Best Photography Factual (Team Award) for ‘Life In The Freezer’

Simon King Salary

He has an annual salary of $52k.

Simon King Net Worth

King has an estimated net worth of $500k.

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