UK actor and daredevil Charley Boorman gets candid about his risky biking career

UK presenter, actor, writer and adventurer Charley Boorman has written a book detailing the journey to recovery after an horrific accident that almost ended his career.

The book, titled Long Way Back, describes his journey back to health after he shattering his left leg and broke his right ankle and hand last year.

The 50-year-old star is best known for biking travel documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down with his friend, actor Ewan McGregor.

Doctors thought he would never be able to walk again, but Boorman is back on his feet and sharing his story.

The last couples of years have been a bit painful for me.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

He says that he was seven when he first rode a motorbike and jokes that he's been crashing them ever since.

Motorbikes have been in my life for as long as I can remember.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

I did a whole bunch of movies with my dad and then I did a film called 'The Emerald Forest' where I was the lead.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

A number of years later, my career was heading south because I kept choosing movies for their location.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

We were making a film in Ireland and we met at this pub. I went over to Ewan McGregor and said 'I heard you've got a Moto Guzzi California', which is a type of motorcycle. He went 'yeah' and that's all we've ever spoken about ever since then for the last 22 years.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

Ewan McGregor and I became great friends. At one stage, we thought it would be a nice idea to ride around the world.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

Like all these things, timing is everything. I think we just got a bit lucky.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

We did't make it very bike-centric. It was very much about the people that we met along the way.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

Take a listen to him reflect on his journey:

40 odd years of riding motorbikes and I've broken bits and pieces of bones before.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

What was unfortunate about the accident was that it was both legs.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

I ended up in bed for three months and five or six months in wheelchair.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

When your'e recuperating, small things become really important, like trying to finally get onto a toilet or into a shower.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

I ended up having all these bad injuries. It's taken until now, 18 moths later, and I'm still hobbling around.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

I can't run, but I can ride a bike.

Charley Boorman, English TV presenter, adventure motorcyclist, writer and actor

Boorman is in South Africa with Triumph Motorcycles and they'll be doing a live show at Market Hall at Grandwest on Monday 28 August.


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

News24 exposes how big SA corporates are funding fake news

A News24 investigation has exposed how some of South Africa's biggest companies have been advertising on fake news websites.

7 expert tips on how to make your breakfast healthier

7 expert tips on how to make your breakfast healthier

Nutrition and diet expert, Catherine Pereira, shares some advice on how to make healthier decisions for your morning meals.

Local expeditioners smash SA climbing record in support of coding project

Local expeditioners smash SA climbing record in support of coding project

The adventure was to aid the campaign #CodeClimber, which aims to raise funds to provide coding lessons to disadvantaged youth.

80-year-old Julia Albu all set for African adventure in 20-year-old Toyota

80-year-old Julia Albu all set for African adventure in 20-year-old Toyota

It has been a lifelong dream of Julia Albu to drive across the African continent and it's for a good cause.

SA adventurer plans to set a world golfing record for charity

SA adventurer plans to set a world golfing record for charity

He and Irishman Adam Rolston are raising funds for Laureus Sport for Good by playing the longest hole in golf across Mongolia.

'I'd focus on one stroke at a time', recounts SUP record holder Chris Bertish

'I'd focus on one stroke at a time', recounts SUP record holder Chris Bertish

Cape adventurer Chris Bertish tells all after completing his first ever solo unsupported transatlantic SUP crossing over 93 days.

Popular articles
'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

'It's unacceptable that government officials pay R75 for luxury apartments'

IFP national spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the party is calling for a review of these rates that are a cost to taxpayers.

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

[WATCH] Man exposes people selling stolen goods on Facebook

Anton Fourie says he used his phone to record the interaction to create awareness of what is going on in the community.

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

[WATCH] Sars boss confusing, evasive testimony at Nugent Commission

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Pieter du Toit on VBS, Malema's EFF and contradicting ethics

Malema has accused the rogue unit of still being operational and Pravin Gordhan of working in the background against the EFF.

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Zondi tells court that she had to 'look happy' in church out of fear for Omotoso

Cheryl Zondi is testifying against Pastor Timothy Omotoso who is accused of rape and human trafficking in his Durban church.

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Funny Cape fashionista Nadia Jaftha making waves with her mom

Fashion blogger Nadia Jaftha takes fans through her serious love of style, as well as her silly moments with sidekick mom, Nawal.