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by Dianna Ranere

Ewan McGregor Narrates ‘Stormborn’ on the Smithsonian Channel

To be born to the North, is to be born to the storm. In Smithsonian Channel’s latest three-part wildlife series, STORMBORN, Golden Globe® Award winner Ewan McGregor lends his voice as cameras follow animals battling the elements along the coast of McGregor’s homeland of Scotland, as well as Iceland and Norway. STORMBORN travels to the most remote and rugged landscapes of the North to film a compelling cast of charismatic and tenacious characters, including Arctic foxes, otters and reindeer over the course of a dramatic breeding season.

Image: Smithsonian Channel

Featuring emotional and suspenseful storylines, STORMBORN captures never-before-seen animal behavior and reveals the extreme weather conditions these species face to ensure their bloodlines survive. STORMBORN premiered on the Smithsonian Channel Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network’s signature “Wild Wednesdays” lineup, which highlights natural history programming. Stream it now with your TV provider.  


“It’s amazing to get such a personal glimpse into the lives of such amazing animals.” says Golden Globe® Award winner, Ewan McGregor.


Audiences will join these animals as they race against the darkness, breeding and raising their young during a short, harsh season before winter returns. 

Image: Smithsonian Channel


The trilogy travels deep into the seldom explored latitude of the Subarctic to capture extraordinarily rare footage of animal behavior, including Arctic foxes in Iceland developing and mastering a new hunting technique to catch kittiwakes; drone footage of an orca catching a porpoise; remarkable 4K footage of a seal killing a pup; and incredibly detailed footage of a reindeer fjord crossing. Production crews worked with local scientists and wildlife experts at every shooting site to advise on locations and animal behaviors

STORMBORN is produced by Maramedia, in association with Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature, ARTE France, BBC Scotland and Screen Scotland. Jackie Savery and Nigel Pope of Maramedia served as executive producers and directors of the series. Alison Barrat, SVP, Production & Development served as executive producer on behalf of Love Nature. Tria Thalman served as executive producer for Smithsonian Channel.



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