David Starkey, CBE, FSA (born 3 January 1945) is a British constitutional historian and a radio and television presenter.
He was born the only child of Quaker parents, and attended Kendal Grammar School before entering Cambridge through a scholarship. There he specialised in Tudor history, writing a thesis on King Henry VIII’s household. From Cambridge he moved to the London School of Economics, where he taught history until 1998.
Starkey is a well known radio and television personality, first appearing on television in 1977. While a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4 debate programme The Moral Maze, his acerbic tongue earned him the sobriquet of “rudest man in Britain”; his frequent appearances on Question Time have been received with criticism and applause. Starkey has presented several history documentaries. In 2002 he signed a £2 million contract with Channel 4 for 25 hours of programming. Recently, he was a contributor on the Channel 4 series Jamie’s Dream School. An accomplished author, Starkey has written several books on the Tudors.
He was appointed CBE in 2007, is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society and an ardent supporter of equality between heterosexuals and homosexuals. He lives with his long-time partner in the south of England.
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