Simon was born in Nairobi, Kenya. When he was two he moved with his mother and father (director John King) to Bristol in the UK. He first appeared on TV when he was ten years old in a period drama about a boy on Dartmoor who finds and raises a fox. He later went on to work with his father at the BBC for 25 years. In which time he developed his skills as a cameraman and producer, whilst continuing on screen appearances.
More recently, Simon’s professional life led to him filming and co-presenting the long-running series Big Cat Diary alongside Jonathan Scott which followed the progress of lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. He also presented Springwatch and Autumnwatch with Bill Oddie and later with Chris Packham, and now Wildlife Whisperer. Simon has travelled to every continent and lived in extreme conditions from the remote desert to the Arctic and Antarctic wilderness.
In November 2010, when Simon was appointed President of the Wildlife Trusts he was the youngest President in the organisation’s 98 year history, he has also been a long standing supporter of the Birdfair.