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Sir David Attenborough only person to hit impressive Bafta milestone

The documentarian is known for his environmental work.
Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough has won a variety of awards for his work (Picture: Netflix)

Sir David Attenborough is a British icon, and the fact that he’s the only person to win Bafta awards for programmes in black and white, colour, HD, 3D, 4K and VR, cements that fact even more.

The documentarian, who turned 95 years old today, began his career as a television producer for the BBC in 1952.

Since then, Sir David has produced a slew of hard-hitting documentaries and films. His earlier projects focused on the natural world’s wonders and his more recent work is a platform for a variety of important environmental issues.

The broadcaster has advocated for causes such as restoring planetary biodiversity, limiting human population growth, shifting to renewable energy and reducing meat consumption.

He won his first Bafta in 1961 with a Special Award, and has taken home a total of eight trophies since then.

Sir David received the Desmond David Award in 1971 and the Fellowship Award in 1980 after the BBC launched a full-colour service in 1969.

Sir David in Sydney August 15, 1984
Sir David in Sydney August 15, 1984 (Picture: Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

In 2006, Sir David worked on the BBC’s first programme to be filmed in high-definition wildlife programme: Planet Earth. Though Planet Earth did not win a Bafta, it wasn’t long before the filmmaker won another award for Life in Cold Blood, the final instalment of his long-running Life series.

After airing in 2008, Life in Cold Blood was nominated for a Bafta in 2009 for Best Specialist Factual Programme.

Two years later, he won the same award for his documentary Flying Monsters 3D, and not long after that, he filmed the impressive Great Barrier Reef Dive, a virtual reality tour of the landscape underneath the sea.

David Attenborough turned 95 today
The documentarian turned 95 today (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

In 2017, the incredible project received the Bafta award for Digital Creativity, which is the same year that Sir David won the Specialist Factual award for his 4K-streamed series Planet Earth II.

Next Sir David is to narrate an upcoming Netflix documentary titled Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet.

The film, which is due to be released on the streaming platform later this year, will follow the journey of Professor Johan Rockström, a world-renowned scientist with expertise on global sustainability issues.

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Narrated by Sir David, the 75-minute documentary will delve into how human beings have had a detrimental impact on the Earth, exploring the measures that ‘must be put in place now if we are to protect Earth’s life support systems’.

The film will mark Sir David’s third collaboration with Netflix, having previously worked with the firm on Our Planet and David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.

Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is due to launch on Netflix in the summer.

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