David Attenborough children: Who are Susan and Robert Attenborough? | The Sun

SIR David Attenborough is a national treasure after decades of fame.

He is best known for his wildlife documentary career, but away from the screen he is a dad.

Who are David Attenborough's children Susan and Robert?

Not much is known about David Attenborough's children.

Despite having such a famous dad, the two of them tend to stay out of the spotlight.

However, they haven't fallen into too dissimilar career's to David.

David has two children, a son called Robert and a daughter called Susan.

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Who is Susan Attenborough?

Not much information is available on Susan as she lives a life away from fame.

However, it is known that David's daughter Susan is a former primary school headmistress.

It's thought she is in her fifties or sixties but an exact age isn't known.

In 2017, Sir David was interviewed by fellow dad Louis Theroux in the Radio Times, when he opened up about his regrets regarding missing some of his children's youth.

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He said: "If I do have regrets, it is that when my children were the same age as your children, I was away for three months at a time.

"If you have a child of six or eight and you miss three months of his or her life, it’s irreplaceable. You miss something."

Who is Robert Attenborough?

David's son Robert is a senior lecturer in bioanthropology for the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra.

His most recent research had been focused on Papua New Guinea.

As of 2023 it's thought he is also in his fifties or sixties, but his exact age isn't known.

In another interview with The Times, he shared a story from his son Robert's eighth birthday.

He gave Robert a salamander (a lizard-like animal) as a present, just like Sir David's father had done.

He said: "We unpacked this – it came in a box – I took it out and showed him.

"I said, 'Now there you are.' This thing just sat on his hand. I said, 'Put him in his new home.'

"He put him in his new home, and it very slowly walked down to the water and there out from beneath its tail came a little one.

"My son looked at that with his eyes coming out of his head – as did I."

In 2020, David would say in another interview with The Times that he wanted children to be educated about the natural world.

He said: "I think it's terrible that children should grow up without knowing what a tadpole is. Just awful.

"I can’t criticise other people how they bring up their children, but in my time I could, and did, get on a bicycle and cycle 15 miles to a quarry and spend the day looking for dragonflies, grass snakes and newts."

Who was David Attenborough's wife Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel?

Sir David married his wife Jane Oriel in 1950.

David was 24-years-old at the time, while Jane is thought to have been about 23.

She was originally from Merthyr Tydfil, a small Welsh town 37km north of the capital, Cardiff, but she moved with Attenborough to a home in Richmond Upon Thames in London.

She passed away in 1997 due to a brain haemorrhage at the age of 70.

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Jane fell into a coma when David was filming The Life Of Birds in New Zealand but was able to make it home before she died.

In his 2002 memoir, Life On Air, David said he felt "lost" after her death and said that his daughter Susan was a source of support throughout his grief.

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