Will Millard is a writer, BBC presenter, public speaker, and expedition leader.
Born and brought up in the Fens, he presents remote Anthropology and Adventure series for BBC Two, and series on Rivers, Urban Exploration, and History for BBC Wales. In 2016 he won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Presenter and in 2019 his series ‘My Year with the Tribe’ won the Realscreen award for Travel and Exploration. His series have also received nominations for Best Series and Best Presenter in the Grierson, Broadcast, Bannf, Kendal, and the Televisual Bulldog Awards. Please visit the ‘Documentaries’ tab for more.
His first book The Old Man and the Sand Eel for Penguin (Viking) follows his wild journey across Britain in pursuit of a fishing record is out now in all good bookshops and Amazon
Prior to his Televisual work, Will led remote expeditions in West Papua and West Africa. Receiving awards for his work from the Royal Geographical Society (2009,2013), the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (2012) and Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Transglobe Expedition Trust (2012), Will made maiden descents of remote New Guinean rivers and tracks, whilst recording evidence of inter-tribal trade, and made a first solo descent of Sierra Leone – Liberia’s Mano/Morro River whilst recording an acclaimed documentary series for BBC Radio 4. Give the ‘Expeditions’ tab a click for more.
Will has written and submitted images for numerous national and international magazines and newspapers, including BBC News, The Daily Telegraph, Vice, The Guardian, Geographical and Outer Edge, you can find these articles and more by clicking on ‘Writing’.
Will has lectured on his expeditions at the Royal Geographical Society, including three-times at the prestigious Monday Night Lectures, and twice on their Regional lecture theatre tours across England, Wales, and Scotland. He has spoken independently throughout the UK including New Scientist Live, the National Geographic Store in London, the Wilderness Lectures in Bristol, and Adventure Travel Live. His current speaking dates are available by clicking ‘Speaking’, but if you would like to book Will, for your event, school, or university, use the ‘Contact’ tab to get in touch.
Will is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, an Ambassador for The World Fish Migration Day and the Angling Trust, and the Patron of the Mobile Education Partnership, a charity which provides teacher trainers and learning resources to isolated schools in Myanmar. When he isn’t exploring, he’s writing at the kitchen table or out fishing the rivers and lakes around his South Wales home.
“A wonderful talk that reflected perfectly the reasons why we love Geography”
– Michael Palin
“Millard is a natural presenter…Even when faced with aggression from tribes people who have no idea who this sunburnt stranger is he wins them – and us – over with his warmth. This man is one to watch”
– Radio Times
“Millard came across as a man of boundless heart and decency. The foregoing film, full, of light and laughter and uncomfortable truths, established him as a prize catch for the BBC.”
– Daily Express
“Will Millard’s Hunters of the South Seas was un-improvable. One advantage is that although Millard is a bona fide explorer he looks like a book worm not Bear Grylls.”
– The Times
“Five stars! An utterly compelling programme”
– The Daily Mail
“Will becomes passionately involved with his hosts. He clearly adores them and they adore him, and trust him… A lovely, touching, very human little film.”
– The Guardian