Sir Ranulph was born in the UK in 1944 and brought up in South Africa before returning to the UK and attending Eton College. He failed his A Levels and joined the SAS, becoming the youngest captain in the British army. In 1970 he married his childhood sweetheart and they launched some record-breaking expeditions, including being the first team to reach both Poles, cross Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, circumnavigate the world along its polar axis and much more. He became the oldest Briton to ever summit Everest in May 2009, when he also raised over ?6.2m for Marie Curie. Regarded as the world's greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has led twenty-two major expeditions to the remotest parts of the world, including both Poles. Along with the numerous awards he has received over the past four decades including the Sultan of Oman's Bravery Medal in 1970 and the Polar Medal in 1987, he was honoured with an OBE for human endeavour and charitable services in 1993. In 2003, after suffering a massive heart attack and double bypass operation, he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days and has recently raised £1.6 million through his ascent to within 300m of the Everest summit edge. He is the author of 16 books including The Feather Men
(a UK No 1 Best Seller), Beyond the Limits
, and his latest, Captain Scott
, the best-selling biography of 2003.Performers Ranulph Fiennes.