David has two children, Robert and Susan.
David married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel in 1950, the marriage lasted until her death in 1997.
David was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985.
David was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester, England.
During World War II, David's parents adopted two Jewish refuge girls from Europe.
David is the younger brother of the Academy Award-winning director, Richard Attenborough.
David won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 British National Television Awards.
50 years of filming natural history television programmes around the world has reportedly made him the most travelled person in history (except astronauts in space).