Sue Aikens is a TV personality who became popular for her documentary TV show “Life Below Zero” which is being aired by National Geographical Channel.
Susan Aikens was born on July 1, 1963, in the small town of Mount Prospect, Illinois, Chicago. But she grew up in Alaska because her mother moved with her to the state when she was still a child. Growing up in the sparsely populated state, she came to love the place mainly because of its abundant wildlife, landscape, forest, and mountains. She struggled through life and it made her immune to the harsh conditions of life such as hunger, thirst, extreme weather conditions, etc.
There is not much information available about her personal life. Her family life is also under wraps. It is not known if she has siblings or what happened to her father. The only mention of her educational background is that she attended the Lowell Whiteman School. The most that is known is the information she gives out on her social media platforms, especially, Twitter from time to time. However, Aikens nationality is American and her ethnicity is white.
Appearance On Life Below Zero
Sue Aikens became a star after she joined and became a cast member of documentary series Life Below Zero, produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for the National Geographic Channel. The TV show documents the daily living of people trying to survive in the coldest of temperatures – below zero degrees – having to be confronted by wild animals such as wolves, bears, and foxes almost every day. In the TV series which was first aired in May 2013 and which is already in its ninth season, Aikens stars alongside Glenn Villeneuve, Andy and Kate Bassich, Chip and Agnes Hailstone, James Franzo, Erik and Martha Mae Salitan, and Jessie Holmes.
Sue Aikens’ continued appearance on the show seems to be coming to an end as the TV personality has an ongoing legal tussle with the producers of the TV documentary. She filed a lawsuit against them in February 2017, claiming that the term and conditions by which she is made to work have made the working environment unsafe which has, in turn, caused her emotional stress. Explaining further, she said the producers make her work without a face mask or helmet which had been detrimental to her health. Also, she claimed that during the crash she had while driving a snow machine which she was made to drive howbeit unwillingly, the crew behind the camera delayed in rescuing her as they wanted to get some more footage of her struggling with injury.
Though the lawsuit was registered in 2017 and the case still pending in the courts, Aikens has continued to promote the show on her social media platforms while also appearing on the recently released episodes of the series, leading some to suggest that those episodes were previously shot before the legal action. Sue Aikens is worth over $500,000 and her net worth stems from her career as a TV personality which has seen her become involved in several (about three of them) TV series.
Sue Aikens’ Family, Husband, Son
Sue Aiken is one person that does a perfect job in terms of separating her professional life from her personal or family life. There is no concrete information given about her married life or husband. It is only through a tweet in March 2017 that we got to know that she has been married three times and that two of her husbands were dead. The tweet was a cheeky reply to a young man (probably) who asked her if he could come and live with her. In response she said that she has been married three times and the two of the men had to die as a way of escape, suggesting that there is something about her that should scare the young man in question. It is also known that the other husband who didn’t die left her to be with a younger woman While she was taking care of her grandson who her cancer.
She also has a son whose existence was known through Twitter too. Aikens posted a picture of him on her Twitter account at his wedding which she attended. Her son, whose name is not known married his longtime girlfriend in October 2016. Aside from her son, Sue Aikens also has two daughters and grandchildren whose names are also not known. Her daughters are both married and reside in the United States with their families.
Other Facts About Sue Aikens
The star has featured in other reality TV series such as Sarah Palin’s Alaska and Flying Wild Alaska documentary before she joined the National Geographic documentary in 2013.
She has been attacked by a bear but miraculously survived it after she killed the animal. The event occurred in 2007. It left her with deep wounds and she didn’t get treatment for another ten days until she was found lying helpless by a local pilot.
She has Pagophobia – which is the fear of ice or frost – because she nearly drowned once when the ice caved under her.
She resides in the Kavik River Camp, Northern Alaska. She uses the camp as a B&B where she charges as much as $350 per night from hunters and adventurers who come to have an adventure in the wild.