Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseJane King
MarkHis hat
FactHe has a daughter, Savannah (born 2006), with his present wife Marguerite Smits van Oyen. He also has three children, Alexander (born 1986), Romy (born 1989) and Greer (born 1995), from an earlier marriage.


Simon King is a British wildlife cameraman, television presenter and author. He has worked on many natural history programmes for the BBC, including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Life. He has also presented and written several books about his work.

King was born in London in 1961. His parents were both teachers. He has two sisters. King was educated at St Paul’s School, London and then went on to study zoology at the University of Bristol.

King’s career in wildlife filmmaking began when he worked as a runner on the BBC natural history series Survival. He then went on to work as a cameraman on many other BBC programmes, including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Life. He has also presented and written several books about his work, including Simon King’s Wildlife Diary and Simon King’s Africa.

King has won several awards for his work, including a BAFTA and an Emmy. He was also awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to broadcasting.

King is married to fellow wildlife cameraman Sarah Blunt. They have two children.

General Info

Full NameSimon King
ProfessionActor, Cinematographer, Presenter
NationalityBritish

Family

SpouseJane King
ParentsJohn King, Eve King

Accomplishments

AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming, British Academy Television Craft Award for Photography - Factual
Music GroupsHawkwind, Hawklords
NominationsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography – Nature
MoviesNoise, Roy Hollsdotter Live, Boxer, The Last Supper, Good Boy
TV ShowsSpringwatch, Big Cat Diary, Autumnwatch, Simon King's Shetland Diaries

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1His hat

Facts

#Fact
1His uncles are Phil Shulman, Derek Shulman and Ray Shulman, who were all members of 60s r&b pop band Simon Dupree and The Big Sound and 70s progressive rock band Gentle Giant.
2He has a daughter, Savannah (born 2006), with his present wife Marguerite Smits van Oyen. He also has three children, Alexander (born 1986), Romy (born 1989) and Greer (born 1995), from an earlier marriage.
3Grew up in Westbury-on-Trym, a suburb of Bristol.
4His first encounters with wildlife were in Blaise Woods, Bristol.
5He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Wildlife Photography and to Conservation.
6Son of television producer, director, writer and narrator John King and musician Eve King.
7He was born in Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the UK in 1964.
8He enjoys wildlife photography, art, and composing and arranging music.
9He is a qualified scuba diver.

Movies

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great British Year2013TV Series documentary photography - 3 episodes
Natural World2009TV Series documentary photography - 1 episode
Life2009TV Mini-Series documentary photographer - 2 episodes
Springwatch2009TV Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode
The Nature of Britain2007TV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode
Planet EarthTV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode, 2006 photographer - 1 episode, 2006 photography - 1 episode, 2006
The Life of Mammals2002-2003TV Series documentary photographer - 2 episodes
The Blue Planet2001TV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 3 episodes
Big Cat Diary1996-1998TV Series documentary photography - 16 episodes
Life in the Freezer1993TV Series documentary camera team - 3 episodes
Forever Green1989TV Series wildlife photographer - 6 episodes
The First Eden1987TV Mini-Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hunt2015TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Nature2001-2011TV Series documentary 6 episodes
Earth2007Documentary
Planet Earth2006TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Wild Africa2001TV Mini-Series documentary 1 episode
Big Cat Diary1996TV Series documentary 1996-2007
The Trials of Life1990TV Series documentary 3 episodes
In the Wild1986-1988TV Series documentary 3 episodes
King's Country1983TV Series documentary
The World About Us1981TV Series documentary 1 episode

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Maggie's Moor1980TV SeriesBuzzard Boy
A Secret Place1974TV MovieJohn
The Fox1973TV MoviePeter the son

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Wild1986-1987TV Series documentary 2 episodes

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nature2007TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
In the Wild1985TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Gadget Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Wild Night In2010TV MovieHimself
Springwatch2005-2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter / Himself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Wildlife Filmmaker
Simon King's Shetland Diaries2010TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Snow Watch2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Burp2009TV SeriesHimself
Autumnwatch2006-2009TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Autumnwatch Unsprung2009TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Big Cat Diary1996-2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter / Himself
Big Cat Live2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Nature2007TV Series documentary
Planet Earth2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Points of View2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Britain Goes Wild with Bill Oddie2004TV Series documentaryPresenter
Live from Dinosaur Island2001TV Mini-Series documentaryPresenter
Ultimate Wild Paradises: The Top Ten Destinations2001TV Special
Nature Detectives1993TV Series documentaryHimself (1993-1995)
In the Wild1985TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
King's Country1983TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Man and Boy1976TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Springwatch2010-2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter / Himself
The Funny Side of...2009TV Series documentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction ProgrammingPlanet Earth (2006)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Cinematography for Non-Fiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)The Blue Planet (2001)
2002BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Photography (Factual)The Blue Planet (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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