Award-winning presenter Ben Fogle, 46, first rose to prominence as a contestant on the BBC’s reality show Castaway in 2000.
Here, the adventurer reveals her favorite movie, what’s on her to-do list, and her biggest regret.
What are you afraid of?
What is your favorite word?
Smile. I have the pretty good face of a bitch at rest, so I make a point of always smiling.
What’s your worst habit?
I speak very loudly. My nickname at school was Foghorn. I blame my mother [Julia Foster]. She’s an actress, so she gave me a great voice.
Who would you invite to dinner?
Ernest Shackleton. He was one of the greatest explorers and I would love to have some advice from him on how to get through this pandemic.
How often do you have sex?
As much as I can give, I’m away eight months of the year!
What is your experience of grief?
We unfortunately lost our third child Willem [in 2014]. He was stillborn at eight and a half months. Grieving has become a part of who I am.
Who makes you laugh the most?
We just had two containment guinea pigs called Q and Misty. They look ridiculous – like walking Asset Hair.
Favorite movie of all time?
Beast and even more stupid.
What was your favorite TV show when you were a kid?
Team A. I wanted to be BA Baracus.
Which public figure do you admire the most?
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand. I am a big fan of women leaders. We need more.
What property would you like to save from a burning building?
My son’s little polar bear, Poder. He’s had it for 10 years and somehow he’s never been lost.
What’s at the top of your to-do list?
I would love to travel around the world in one way or another – run, walk, cycle, sail, but not fly. It will happen at some point.
What is your biggest regret?
I wish I had been more confident in my youth. Shyness is definitely holding you back.
If you could time travel where would you go?
The ’60s and’ 70s. I’d like to wear a pair of flares without people laughing at me. Harry Styles gets away with it, but I don’t think it would work for me.
What do you never leave the house about?
What do you think happens when we die?
I would like to think we come back as something, maybe a tree or a flower, or maybe a guinea pig.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Annabelle Wallis, Irish bartender from Peaky Blinders. There is just something about her.
The most famous person on your phone?
Kate humble. She is the godmother of my 11-year-old son Ludo.
What has been your greatest achievement?
For the boy who was dyslexic and failed in GCSE English, I am proud that the book I just wrote contains my millionth published word.
- Inspire: Life Lessons From The Wilderness by Ben Fogle (£ 20, William Collins), is out now