Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Currie was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the same school
as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. Much of her education
was spent in the Cavern Club listening to their music. She won a
scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry; surrounded by
Nobel prize winners, she switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Also present (1968) was William Jefferson Clinton, hiding behind
a beard. She took her Master's degree in economic history at the
London School of Economics, an experience which turned her into
a life-long Conservative.
has had three successful careers - so far! After a decade of public
office in the city of Birmingham, she stood for Parliament in 1983
and represented a Midlands seat for 14 years. She became one of the
nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government
1986-88, in the Department of Health. She became famous for her campaigns
on heart disease, women's cancer screening and the promotion of healthy
lifestyles. She was also involved in the first AIDS campaign in the
UK that saved many lives. She was voted "Speaker of the Year 1990"
and awarded "Campaigner of the Year 1994" in the Spectator Parliamentarian
Awards. She resigned over food safety (salmonella) in December 1988,
and turned down John Major's request to return to government in 1992.
In all she has published eleven books. She started with non-fiction, then turned to novels
which were instant best-sellers in the UK. Her "Diaries 1987-1992" were published in 2002 to
excellent reviews. “Diaries Volume II 1992-1997” appeared in 2012; one commentator said,
“The two volumes are the best account I know of the experience of being a woman in British politics:
it's the personal dimension as much as the political that makes them such a valuable record.
In fifty years' time, students will be reading them and (one hopes) shaking their heads in
bewilderment at such a strange world. (Alwyn W Turner)”.
Career number three started after the General Election in 1997 which brought Tony Blair to power.
Edwina lost her seat, and was promptly offered a job by the BBC. For many years she has been a
well-known radio and TV presenter and performer. For five years she had her own very successful
radio programme, Late Night Currie, with live phone-ins and reportage on topical issues.
In 2004 Edwina featured in Hell's Kitchen with chef Gordon Ramsay; that year she was also
winner of BBC TV's Celebrity Mastermind 2004. In 2006 Edwina and her husband John appeared
in Celebrity Wife Swap with Channel 4 racing commentator John McCririck and his wife Jenny,
while in 2007 for the This Morning programme came the challenge of living for a week on the ITV
building roof on London's South Bank with only a laptop for company. In late 2008 she presented a
BBC special on the 40th anniversary of Dr Beeching's railway cuts. The whole family appeared on
All Star Family Fortunes in 2009 winning a substantial sum for their chosen charities,
while numerous other celebrity shows include Cash in the Attic, Bargain Hunt, Eggheads,
Weakest Link (twice), Come Dine with Me (twice), Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
and of course, Strictly Come Dancing 2011. In September 2009 Edwina enjoyed appearing with
James May for James May’s Toy Stories, when he built a Meccano bridge in Liverpool. Recently she and Diane Abbott MP won
Celebrity Pointless on BBC1. And in December 2014 she featured in ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!”,
which had a record 11 million viewers and won the 2015 National Television Award for Most Popular Entertainment programme.
She is a frequent contributor to news and current affairs programmes including Sky News, BBC TV’s Newsnight and
Question Time, Al Jazeera, BBC Radio 2 (particularly Jeremy Vine), 4 (Woman’s Hour, Any Questions and others) and 5
(Stephen Nolan show and others), World Service, RTE and others
has been called "the best communicator the Tories have,"
and "a brash and energetic life force." Her life to date
has been summed up by fellow writer and MP Sir Julian Critchley:
"Edwina Currie has a brass neck, a silver tongue and a golden
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