Fishing is not a part-time hobby, it’s a way of life. And if you don’t believe us, you can ask Jeremy Wade. One of the most well-known anglers in all of Britain, Jeremy has dedicated his entire life to fishing. From getting a degree to suit his career to writing books on angling, Jeremy has always stayed true to his purpose. At 67 years-of-age, Jeremy is still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down. A TV personality, Jeremy first rose to fame following his appearances in the TV series, River Monsters, Jungle Hooks, Mighty Rivers, and Dark Waters. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Jeremy Wade.
Jeremy John Wade
Date of birth
23 March 1956
67 as of 2023
Place of birth
Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK
Bristol University (BSc in Zoology) and University of Kent (PGTC in Biological Sciences)
Television presenter, author, zoologist, adventurer, angler
River Monsters (2009-2017), Mighty Rivers (2018), Dark Waters (2019), Mysteries of the Deep (2020-2022), Unknown waters (2021)
Somewhere Down the Crazy River (1992), River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn’t Get Away (2011), How to Think Like a Fish: And Other Lessons from a Lifetime in Angling (2019)
English, Portuguese, French, Spanish
The Freshwater Detective, The River Monster Hunter, The Aquatic Indiana Jones
Fishing on the banks of Suffolk’s River Stour
First overseas trip
India’s mountain rivers in 1982
First magazine articles
Two articles about his experiences in India for a fishing magazine in 1983
Inspiration for River Monsters
Stories from locals in India’s Himalayan foothills about a giant fish that was responsible for some people going missing in the river in 2005
First fish caught on River Monsters
Goonch catfish (Bagarius yarrelli) in India’s Kali River in 2008
Most inspiring fishing message on River Monsters
Urging viewers to appreciate and protect the freshwater ecosystems and species that he encountered on his journeys
Social media accounts
Facebook, [Twitter], [Instagram]
Reading, writing, travelling, hiking, photography
Jeremy Wade was born on the 23rd of March 1956 in Ipswich, United Kingdom. At a young age, Jeremy moved to Nayland with his father and attended the Dean Close School. While his father was a Vicar, there is little to no information about his mother. After graduating, Jeremy enrolled at Bristol University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. He went onto work for his postgraduate teaching certificate in biological sciences from the University of Kent.
As a young kid living in East Anglia, Wade spent much of his life on the banks of Suffolk’s River Stour. As a result, he developed a strong affinity for fishing. When asked about his early influence, Wade comments,
“The village where I grew up had a river flowing through it. So it was inevitable, I think, that I should be drawn to it in the same way that people born in sight of Alpine peaks become climbers. My first attempts to catch fish, age 7 or 8, were unsuccessful, but then I had some guidance from a school friend and after my first catch, I never looked back. My parents were happy for me to stay out all day and a big part of my fishing was wanting to find new places, a process that has continued to this day”
After finishing college, Wade journeyed to the rivers of India. With just 200 pounds in his pocket, Wade traveled around the country and even managed to catch few fishes including Himalayan mahseer. Even though Wade returned to Britain, his heart was still in the rivers of India. In 2005, Wade made another journey to the South Asian continent. After hearing stories that several people ate up by a fish, Wade began investigating and discovered the culprit was a Goonch catfish. This inspired Wade to work on the reality TV series, River Monsters.
The series began airing on the 5th of April 2009 and is Wade’s most popular appearance to date. The series had a ten season run and wrapped up shooting in 2017. Since then, Wade has been working on several other TV shows including Animal Planet documentary series Dark Waters. The series revolves around Wade as he investigates the disappearance of freshwater giants from the world’s most iconic rivers.
Over the years, Wade has also written more than his fair share of books. His first was released in 1992 which was co-written by Paul Boote. Entitled Somewhere Down the Crazy River, the book documented Wade’s experiences in India. Since then, Wade has gone onto write several other books including River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones that Didn’t Get Away (2011) and How to Think Like a Fish: And Other Lessons from a Lifetime in Angling (2019).
Jeremy Wade’s acting debut, he played a minor role in this Bollywood film about a young boy who runs away from home to become a musician
Jeremy Wade’s first television series, he explored the remote rivers of India in search of giant fish
Jeremy Wade’s most popular and longest-running television series, he traveled the world to investigate the legends and mysteries of freshwater monsters
River Monsters: The Lost Reels
A spin-off of River Monsters, featuring previously unseen footage and behind-the-scenes stories from the original series
Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys
A horror film about a town invaded by bloodthirsty lampreys, Jeremy Wade made a cameo appearance as himself and provided some facts about the creatures
Celebrating World Fish Migration Day 2018
A short film that showcased the importance of fish migration and the threats they face, Jeremy Wade narrated and presented some examples of fish conservation efforts
A television series that followed Jeremy Wade as he explored some of the world’s most iconic rivers and the challenges they face from pollution, overfishing, and climate change
A television series that featured Jeremy Wade as he ventured into some of the most remote and mysterious waterways on Earth, uncovering their secrets and legends
Mysteries of the Deep
A television series that saw Jeremy Wade diving into the deep-sea to reveal the answers behind some of the most baffling underwater mysteries known to science
Jeremy Wade has an estimated net worth of $2 million. He has earned his net worth from his long-running television career, especially from the popular series River Monsters. He has also hosted other shows such as Mighty Rivers, Dark Waters, and Mysteries of the Deep. In addition, he has written books. He has also contributed articles to various magazines and newspapers on topics such as poaching, fair trade, natural history, and fishing.
Personal Life: Is Jeremy Wade Married?
Little is known about Wade’s personal life. He is believed to be unmarried and has no children. Wade often talks about how he is bad at handling relationships and work-life. This can be a major reason for his single. Wade is also huge on charities and is a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.