Who is Ray Mears? How old is he? Australian wilderness with Ray Mears

Ray Mears returns to our screens this week as he ventures into the often brutal landscape of the Australian outback – but who exactly is he? And how did he help in the manhunt for Raoul Moat?

What are his references? And does he have a wife?

Here is everything you need to know about the survival expert!


Ray Mears wears a suit instead of khaki! (Credit: Splash)

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Who is Ray Mears?

Ray is a British forest worker, trainer, businessman, writer and television presenter.

He is a worldwide expert on bush art and has spent most of his life learning his craft.

He runs his own school, where you too can learn from his vast experience.

Ray became famous for his television shows about bushcraft and survival techniques.

Think of him as a less posh bear grylls.

Ray is best known for his television series, including Ray Mears’ Bushcraft.

He has also faced Ray Mears’ World of Survival, Extreme Survival, Survival with Ray Mears, Wild Britain with Ray Mears, and Ray Mears Goes Walkabout.

How old is Ray

Raymond Paul Mears was born on February 7, 1964.

He is currently 57 years old.

Ray grew up in the North Downs in southern England.

He attended the Downside Preparatory School in Purley and then the Reigate Grammar School, where he was a member of the Navy cadre of the Combined Cadet Force.

His goal was to join the Royal Marines, but he was unable to meet the eyesight requirements for entry.

The Australian Wilderness Starring Ray Mears airs on ITV (Image Credit: ITV)
The Australian Wilderness Starring Ray Mears airs on ITV (Image Credit: ITV)

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Is Ray Mears Married?

Ray’s first wife Rachel tragically died of breast cancer in 2006 when she was only 50 years old.

Ray and Rachel met in 1992 when she was taking one of his five-day survival courses.

The couple lived in Eastbourne, East Sussex with their two adult children.

They married in 2005 and she died a year later.

Ray currently resides in Sussex with his second wife, Ruth, and stepson.

Ray’s serious accident

Ray barely escaped with his life after making a documentary in Wyoming in 2005.

He and his camera team were in a helicopter when it hit the ground during a steep turn at a low level.

The fuel tank was broken open in the accident and the leaking fuel covered Ray and the crew.

Fortunately, no fire broke out.

Ray escaped unharmed from the wreck and helped rescue another crew member who was seriously injured.

Ray Mears tours the Australian outback on his ITV show (Credit: ITV)
Ray Mears tours the Australian outback on his ITV show (Credit: ITV)

Did Ray really help track down Raoul Moat?

Ray helped Northumbria police track down the fugitive killer Raoul Moat in July 2010.

Raoul had fled his makeshift tent house in Rothbury village.

In July 2010, he killed one person and injured two others in a two-day rampage.

Australian wilderness with Ray Mears

Ray travels to the Australian wilderness in this iterated documentary series.

He ventures deep into the Australian outback to find out how both humans and animals developed ways to thrive in otherwise challenging conditions.

It begins in Western Australia, where the ocean floor erupted 20 million years ago to create the great limestone cliffs of Ningaloo.

In the middle of the rocks, the moderator meets the fossils of giant prehistoric sharks before swimming with his modern descendants – the whale sharks – on the Ningaloo Reef.

Better him than us!

Australian Wilderness starring Ray Mears will air on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on ITV.

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