Charley Boorman is the epitome of the modern-day adventurer.
His charismatic “let’s just do it” approach to challenges has won him over to a massive TV and literary audience.
Charley Boorman has certainly carved an impressive and successful career for himself, but what most people like about him is his ‘one of the boys’ attitude.
Cheeky, energetic and entertaining – he’s always fun to be around and he’s always ready to chat to fans and have a smile!
His acting career started as a child. Being the son of the famous film director John Boorman, his career was already mapped out, appearing in the film Deliverance in 1972 and many others to follow.
In 1997 he met Ewan McGregor who became his co-adventurer and co-star in the Long Way Round and Long Way Down series.
In 2004 they took part in Long Way Round, a motorcycle trip from London to New York via Europe and Asia, which became an iconic television series, book and DVD.
It was shown worldwide and became a best seller. At this time Charley also became involved with UNICEF as their ambassador, and has visited many of their projects during his travels, the majority of which have been integrated into his TV programs.
In 2006 Charley competed in the famous Dakar Rally which was filmed and then became the Race to Dakar TV series.
Injuring both his arms during the event meant that he didn’t cross the finish line, however the show continued with Charley becoming team manager on the ground, and getting his team mate Simon Pavey to the end.
2007 saw another journey with Ewan McGregor which was televised, called Long Way Down from John O’Groats in Scotland to Cape Town, SA.
In 2008 Charley Boorman went on a solo adventure which took him all around the world – By Any Means. It began in his home town in Wicklow and ended in Sydney, Australia.
He set out with the intention of making the journey “by any means” of local transport available – a mish mash of boats, bikes, elephants – you name it, Charley used it!
In 2009 and the second part of By Any Means took place – but this time having a stronger focus on one of Charley’s loves – motorbikes. Departing from Sydney mid-May, he arrived on Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo in August having travelled the Pacific Rim.
An open invitation was issued to any biker who wanted to join him for the first leg up the coast of NSW and over 1500 riders took part!
If you want raw enthusiasm and entertainment, Charley Boorman is your man.