Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster and television presenter.
He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches.
Dan developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times.
He left with a double first in history and started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award. It told the story of eight of the decisive clashes in British history from Boudicca to the Battle of Britain.
The follow-up series was transmitted in the summer of 2007. It featured eight of the key military encounters of the 20th century, including battles such as Stalingrad and the Tet Offensive in Vietnam.
Dan has worked on numerous public occasions for BBC Events such as the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the “City Salute” organised by Princes William and Harry.
Dan has a regular slot on The One Show on BBC One where he explores great stories from British history. He made a documentary on China’s First Emperor and his Terracotta Army for BBC Two in 2007; the follow-up on the Emperor Hadrian was shown on BBC Two in July 2008.
In June 2008 Dan explored the islands of St Kilda for Britain’s Lost World on BBC One.
His series ‘Empire of the Seas: How the Royal Navy Made the Modern World’ was broadcast in early 2010.
During the course of his work Dan has flown Second World War aircraft, been gassed, shovelled muck in a sewer under London for a day, contracted pneumonia and been trained as a sniper.
Dan has written a book about the Seven Years War in North America called “Death or Victory” which was published in September 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the fall of Quebec. An accompanying television programme was broadcast by BBC2 in March 2010, produced by Dan’s production company, Ballista.