About Joel Lambert

Joel Lambert (DCL)

Joel Lambert, Discovery Channel’s resident escape and evasion expert and star of Manhunt, is an exceptionally-skilled former U.S. Navy SEAL who constantly seeks out new endeavours that test the limits of his ability.

Raised in a small logging town in Washington State, Joel grew up with no direction, but knew what he wanted out of life – something that would challenge him. 

In 1998, at the age of 22, Joel joined the Navy and made it through Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) – the brutal selection course for the SEAL Teams – where he proudly served during his 10 year stint with the military. He was deployed on numerous combat missions to locations including Afghanistan and Kosovo.

Manhunt's Joel Lambert abseiling (DCL)

Manhunt's Joel Lambert abseils over a cliff edge. All in a day's work.

Joel operated within SEAL Teams 2 and 4 for eight years. During that time, he planned and participated in over 20 combat missions, headed the mission critical ordnance department containing all weaponry and optics for 16 SEAL operators, and even trained SEAL operators and foreign special operations personnel from Singapore, Thailand, Greece, Egypt, Germany, Netherlands and Estonia.

After his last tour in Afghanistan, he spent two years as a BUD/S instructor – the screening and selection program for the Navy SEALs. During his time as an instructor, Joel earned the designation “Master Training Specialist” in recognition of superior training and briefing skills, and was consistently in the top 10 percent of instructor staff.

Joel has also appeared in a number of small and big screen roles such as Hollywood blockbusters American Sniper and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, amongst others. Joel is also currently filming Predator, a new wildlife adventure and natural history series from Discovery Channel.