Actor and Adventurer Charley Boorman has successfully been producing adventure travel documentaries for the BBC, SKY and National Geographic Channel since 2004. His first big adventure was the award winning series Long Way Round biking overland from London to New York with good friend Ewan McGregor. Following the success of this series McGregor and Boorman went on to star in Long Way Down, again travelling by motorbike, this time from John O’Groats to Cape Town.
More recently Charley has gone solo, traveling overland for BBC series Charley Boorman:Wicklow to Sydney By Any Means where he traveled by any means of transport appropriate to the country from his hometown of Wicklow in Ireland to Sydney, Australia. This was then followed by a second BBC series in 2009; Charley Boorman: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means.
Charley’s career on screen began at an early age with his first film role as Ed’s Boy, Jon Voight’s son in Deliverence, directed by his father John Boorman. He went on to star in films such as Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope And Glory and, more recently, Karaoke, The Serpent’s Kiss and The Bunker.
Born in London in 1966, he grew up in Ireland and has a passion for motorbikes, spending much of his childhood riding motorcross. From 1998 to 2002, he also ran a British motorcycle team with Ewan McGregor, winning the Superstock Series with David Jeffries.
Charley is currently a columnist for Australian Road Rider magazine and an ambassador for Bremont Watches. He was recently a finalist on Celebrity Masterchef 2014.
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