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Bruce Parry

Born: 17 March 1969 (50 years old)
Gender: Male

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Bruce Parry is a former British Royal Marine instructor who presents the documentary programme Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States), co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

Bruce's career with the BBC started when, to escape the expected anticlimax of the millennium celebrations, he took a friend Mark Anstice and a camera off to New Guinea Island to climb a little known mountain that he'd spotted on a map many years before.

They succeeded in climbing the peak, finding uncontacted peoples along the way and filming the whole journey, and the subsequent documentary won awards around the world and was bought by the BBC One series "Extreme Lives".

Bruce was then asked to lead an expedition for Children's BBC, taking four boys and four girls aged twelve to fifteen into the jungles of Borneo to work on a conservation project with endangered orangutan.

The resulting six-part documentary became the RTS Award winning series "Serious Jungle" and the "Serious" strand began.

The next project was a trip to the Namibian desert to take a group of kids to work with the endangered black rhino - the last wild roaming group in the world. "Serious Desert" was equally successful and won a BAFTA.

In early 2004 BBC Wales won a commission for a groundbreaking primetime series for BBC 2 about indigenous peoples around the world. Series producer Steve Robinson asked Bruce to present it.

Together they worked on the finer details of the premise of the series and the resulting six hour-long episodes took over 18 months to make.

Before entering TV, Bruce had many careers. He stared out life as a Royal Marine Commando at the age of 18, where he specialised as a Physical Training Instructor.

His six-year career culminated in his appointment as the head of all physical aspects of the UK's Commando Training Syllabus at the age of 23.

After leaving the Marines, Bruce spent a couple of years at Loughborough University doing PE and sport before leaving early to lead science and conservation expeditions to the rainforests of Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Java, working with orangutans, tiger, rhino and turtles.

In a complete shift of careers, Bruce then left the expedition world to join the ranks of the film industry. Working at first as a runner then as an assistant director and location manager, Bruce worked on numerous feature films, commercials and pop videos for the likes of Blur, Chemical Brothers, Mel B, Manic Street Preachers and All Saints.


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