Pen Farthing Biography

Pen Farthing is a Former Royal; Marine Commando and founder of Nowzad Dogs. At the age of 18, he received a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gold Award which was presented by HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. He has written books named No Place Like Home: A New Beginning with the Dogs of Afghanistan, One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan, and Wylie: The brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up.

Early Life

Pen Farthing must be aged between 40-45 as of 2021. The details about his birth date have not been shared with the media yet. He has also not revealed details about his parents and siblings. At a young age, he enjoyed spending time with animals. Pen went to The Harwich School in 1981. He has completed high school but the details about his further and higher studies have not been shared with the media yet. By looking at his career he must have completed a course or trained in the military field.

Pen Farthing Career

Pen began his career in the field of the military by joining Army Cadets. He was part of many military camps and watched the Royal Marines on BBC News every day during his camps. Also, he climbed and mountaineered all around the world and gained his Mountain Instructor Award and International Mountain Leader qualification. As a member of elite commando, he undertook courses in escape and evasion, and resistance to interrogation.

He was deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 5 with K Coy, 42 Commando Royal Marines. He worked with them till March 2009. In March 2007 he became the founder of Nowzad Dogs. He rescues animals to be adopted by members of the public once they are bought to the UK.

Pen Farthing Biography

Real Name Paul Farthing
Birth Date 1980s
Age (as of 2021) 40-45 Years
Birth Place England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Profession Royal Marines Commando
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Not Known

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 75 kg  –  in Pounds –  165 lbs
Shoe Size 8 (U.S.)
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Athletic





Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Wife Kaisa Markhus

Personal Life

Pen Farthing is married to Kaisa Markhus. Kaisa is a Norwegian national and was stationed in Afghanistan. She was working as a country director and climbing instructor for Ascend Athletics in Afghanistan. They got married at a private wedding ceremony.

Pen Farthing Net Worth

Pen has earned a lot by working in the military. Later he started a Non-Profit Organization for dogs which made him nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award at Daily Mirror and was called CNN Hero of 2014. According to sources the details bout his net worth is not in limelight. Some other sources of his income are by attending various events and brand endorsements.


  • He hails from England, United Kingdom.
  • At the age of 13, he ran the first half marathon.
  • At the age of 16, he traveled to Canada for the Banff Annual National Cadet Camp for 6 weeks.
  • He became a member of elite Commando recon troop for 40 commandos.
  • He served in the 1991 gulf war.
  • One of his dogs was adopted by Sarah Singleton who is a Journalist.
  • Due to the current situation in Afghanistan he has issued a desperate plea for help from outside Kabul Airport where his team and more than 173 Cats and Dogs are stuck.
  • His wife was evacuated from Kabul on an empty flight.

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