5 minutes with… Ben Fogle

Presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle first came to our attention in the BBC reality show Castaway 2000 which followed a group of 36 people marooned on a remote Scottish island for a whole year. Now a regular face on our screens, he’s better known for his presenting roles on Countrywise and Animal Clinic. Ben lives with wife Marina and children Ludo and Iona.

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Who was the first person you spoke to this morning?
My little boy Ludo, he came down and crept into bed at 7am.

What would your perfect day be?
A day on the beach with my wife, children and dog, Maggi.

What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to follow my father into veterinary medicine. I always loved animals.

What super power would you like?
To fly. I would love to take flight. The freedom and the views.

What are you most proud of?
My family. I am brimming with pride of my children, Ludo and Iona.

What are you currently reading, watching and listening to?
I am reading Redmond O’Hanlan’s Trawler, watching The Voice and listening to Fat Freddy’s Drop

What inspires you?
Watching other people achieve their dreams. I am constantly inspired by other people.

What makes you smile/laugh?
Dogs. I love them and they are guaranteed to make me laugh and smile.

What is your most treasured possession?
A painting of my late dog Inca by the artists Olly and Suzi.

Who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with? 
Apart from my family, I think Joanna Lumley would be fun!

What would you like to be better at?
Facial recognition. I am terrible at remembering faces.

Ben is taking part in this year’s Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, 21st-23rd March. You can run, swim or cycle different distances and raise money to help change lives by entering at sportrelief.com

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