Bear Grylls voted top TV adventurer

Bear Grylls has topped a poll of TV adventurers by Radio Times

Bear Grylls has topped a poll of TV adventurers by Radio Times

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Survival guru Bear Grylls has been named TV's top adventurer.

The former SAS officer-turned-broadcaster triumphed in a poll for Radio Times, finishing ahead of runner-up Ben Fogle.

Other highly ranked names included Ray Mears at number three, while the late Steve Irwin - who was killed by a stingray while filming a documentary in 2006 - came fourth.

Grylls - who makes his film debut, voicing Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue - was most recently seen in Channel 4's The Island in which contestants had to fend for themselves after being dropped in a remote location.

More than 4,000 votes were cast in the survey by

The magazine's travel editor, Jade Bremner, said: " Bear Grylls has managed to create his own brand of adventure TV. He's mastered the art of getting viewers to wince and squirm, while leaving them tempted to actually try the scary stunts and weird bugs on their own travels."

:: Top 10 adventurers:

1. Bear Grylls

2. Ben Fogle

3. Ray Mears

4. Steve Irwin

5. Kate Humble

6. Simon Reeve

7. James Cracknell

8. Ed Stafford

9. Nigel Marven

10. Henry Cole

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