TV presenter, travel writer and actor
Charley Boorman is a modern-day adventurer, travel writer and entertainer. His charismatic ‘let’s just do it’ approach to challenges has won him over to a massive TV and literary audience. Charley is very much the family man, residing in Barnes, south-west London he is husband to Ollie with two young daughters, Doone and Kinvara.
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.
Charley Boorman has certainly carved an impressive and successful career for himself, but what most people like about him is his ‘ordinary’ one of the boys’ attitude. Cheeky, energetic, entertaining yet fallible, don’t let his laid-back attitude fool you – Charley is a certain contender to take out the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
Travelling on a motorcycle is one of the most wonderful things and I have been able to travel to the most beautiful places around the world. The thing that makes those experiences is the people that you meet along the way.
Tell me about your first car?
My first car was a BMW 916i. I had just finished a movie and had a bit of money from that so I bought it second hand, it hand tinted windows and alloy wheels.
How would you describe yourself as a driver?
If you listen to my wife I don’t concentrate and my road sense is not very good in a car so, I don’t know.
What does racing in the Mazda3 Celebrity Challenge mean to you and what are you looking forward to most?
I’ve had goes in race cars before but I have never really done it in earnest and against other people. So for me it’s something that I have always wanted to do…and win.
You’ll learn an array of new driving skills during Driver Training, what are you most looking forward to learning and why?
The ones that will make me win! I am looking forward to learning how to race a car as I have done motorcycle training before but it’s very different so I probably have the most to learn out of everyone.