A British wildlife TV presenter and an author, Nigel Marven is well known for his appearance in the mini-series, Prehistoric Park. The series which premiered its first episode on July 22, 2006, showcases the mission of discovering the lost creatures by the use of time machines. After airing its 6th episode, the show was called off.

Early Life details

Nigel Marven was born in Barnet, London, on November 27, 1960. He was keen towards animals since his young age, where his first pet was hamster named Hummy. He also kept boa constrictors as his pet. When he was just a teenager, he bought a young spectacled caiman. At the tender age of 15, he was clear about what he wanted to do. 

Nigel Marven is carrying a baby Leopard

Following his interest towards animals, he joined Bristol University as a Botany student. As it was his dream to work for David Attenborough, he dropped out to work with him as a researcher. While working there, he received an opportunity to be an Assistant Producer on the series, My Family, and Other Animals.

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Career as a Wildlife presenter!

As he was already in the show-business, he released his first self-produced series, Realms of the Russian Bear in 1992. Further, in 1998, he transferred to ITV, where he was asked to present wildlife documentaries and also produce them.

In 2000, he appeared as a host in the show, Shark Week. Following year, he appeared in the show, Giant Creepy Crawlies. Further, he was also asked by Impossible Pictures Production Company to present himself in one of the episodes of Walking with Dinosaurs, where he was featured as a time traveler who encounters dinosaurs in the wild.

Nigel Marven is carrying a Sloths

It was not until 2006, when he appeared in mini-series, Prehistoric Park; he gained wide recognition. He appeared as a researcher of lost creatures in the show. In 2009, he appeared in season 3, episode 4, of the hit series, Primeval, where he was spotted playing with a baby Velociraptor.

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He has appeared in several wildlife series, including Untamed China, Wild Colombia, Whale Adventure, etc. In 2014, he premiered the first episode of his show, Ten Deadliest Snakes with Nigel Marven on Animal Planet. The show documents his countdown list of ten deadliest snakes of different continents. Moreover, the show launched its another episode in 2015 on Eden.

Nigel Marven has a snake on his hands

Not only this, we can see him on many wildlife channels, where he has amazed us with his dangerous performances. More recently, the show, Ten Deadliest Snakes with Nigel Marven aired its third season on Nat Geo Wild in 2017. That same year, he was also seen in Untamed Philippines which screened its first season on the same network in the USA. 

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His new show, Wild Philippines with Nigel Marven is also all set to be premiered soon. Besides, you can see him hunting snakes in the Western Ghats in May, searching Dino fossils/polar bear in Canada in August and doing ORCA cruise in Malaysia in September. As of now, he is set to appear in his upcoming series, Wild Honduras.

Apart from appearing in the series, he has also authored several books including, Sea Monsters, Incredible Journeys, Giants, and Identifying snakes. He is also actively involved in conservation projects and is connected with Chengdu Panda Base, The Great Fen Project and Vale Wildlife Hospital.

Nigel Marvin is wearing a blue shirt and a green half jacket

Besides, he is also a holiday lover. According to him, his favorite holiday destinations includes Brownsea Island, Hawaii, South Africa and Disney World. 

Near death experiences!

Playing with the dangerous creature is never safe, but his daring and fearless nature has been compared with a crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin. In the 1980s, while producing the BBC film The Serpent’s Embrace, a spritted cobra spattered its venom into his eyes. Though the poison did not enter his blood, he was admitted to hospital for three days.

The same case repeated while he was making a short film regarding black-necked spitting cobras in 2008. He had worn a mask, but the toxin landed in his hair. Unfortunately, it got mixed with sweat and then ran into his eyes, due to which he had to stop filming until next morning.

Nigel Marven has a hooter on his hands

Well, that was not the end! Later, in 2012, he got injured by a non-venomous Central American tree boa that bit him on his nose. Following year, the same incident occurred in the show, Ten Deadliest Snakes: China with king ratsnake. In 2014, while filming the first episode of the show Eating Wild, he was bitten by a venomous green pit viper on his thumb in East Malaysian State Sabah, and was hastened to the hospital.

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A Divorced Man!

Despite having a soft heart with a handsome face, this man is single. Nigel was married twice. He was married to Jenny Hull. The duo tied the knot in September 1996. But sadly their marriage did not last long, as they separated after four years. 

Nigel Marven is seen with panda

Well, after remaining single for nearly four years, on May 1, 2004, he got married to another lady named, Gillian Impey. Together, they share a daughter named, Eleonora. After sticking together as one for more than a decade, they decided to separate. In 2017, Nigel announced that he is dealing with his divorce.

Besides that, he also shares a son, Thoe with a woman called, Jane Barham. 

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Social sites

Nigel is relatively active on social sites, where he updates about his day-to-day activities. As of June 2018, he has over 9.5k followers on the Facebook page, 5.2k followers on Twitter and 573 followers on Instagram. 


Nigel Marven (born 27 November 1960) is a British TV presenter, wildlife expert, producer, birdwatcher and author.

Growing up in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, he was attracted to animals from an early age. 

With his growing interest in nature, he studied botany at Bristol University which he left to join BBC Natural History Unit.

He worked as a researcher for David Attenborough’s ‘The First Eden,’ which was a dream come true for him. 

Because of his experience, he was asked by BBC to be an Assistant Producer on the series, My Family and Other Animals.

Since 2000, he has been working regularly in reality shows related to wildlife like Shark Week, Giant Creepy Crawlies, Ten Deadliest Snakes with Nigel Marven, Killer Whale Islands, and many more.

Nigel has been in plenty of close encounters with wild animals and often been bitten by venomous snakes.

Due to his daring and unorthodox style of presenting the shows, he has been compared to crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin.

He is actively involved in conservation projects and is involved with Chengdu Panda Base, The Great Fen Project and Vale Wildlife Hospital.

He married Jenny Hull in September 1996, but they separated after four years of marriage.

He has a son, Theo from a woman named Jane Braham.

He married Gillian Impey on May 1, 2004, and has a daughter named Eleonora with her.

According to him, the couple is going through a divorce.

He is a vegetarian and loves animals. His favorite animal is Peregrine falcon.

His new show, Wild Philippines with Nigel Marven is set to air soon.

You will find him hunting snakes in the Western Ghats in May, searching for Dino fossils/polar bear in Canada in August and doing ORCA cruise in Malaysia in September.


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