Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory


1/9/1954, Kenya

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Philippa Gregory was born in Kenya in 1954. Not long after, her family moved back to England. She began her writing career as a journalist. When she penned her first novel, Wideacre, she knew that she wanted to write novels as a living. Not long after Wideacre was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, a film version of Philippa's novel The Other Boleyn Girl was released into theaters and on DVD.

    • According to Philippa, she made Hannah (lead character from The Queen's Fool) a fictional character and not any others from her Tudor line fictional because she wanted a bridge between Mary and Elizabeth and in real life people were so divided that there really was none who could be trusted to each.

    • In 2007, Philippa held a world wide live video chat with her fans and answered questions from people sent in via email.

    • Philippa is known to often be part of the BBC Radio's show Round Britain Quiz as a broadcaster and contestant.

    • In 2006, Philippa participated in the Whitbread Novel of the Year as its primary judge.

    • Philippa's Tudor era books in order by time (not release date) are:
      *The Constant Princess (Katherine of Aragon, 2005)
      *The Other Boleyn Girl (Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn, 2002)
      *The Boleyn Inheritance (Anne of Cleves, Jane Boleyn (Parker) and Katherine Howard, 2007)
      *The Queen's Fool (Hannah Green, Mary Tudor, ELizabeth Tudor, 2004)
      *The Virgin's Lover (Elizabeth I, 2005).
      *The Other Queen (Mary Queen of Scots, 2008)

    • Philippa runs a charity that builds wells in The Gambia in school yards. Over fifty of these wells have been constructed from her charity.

    • Philippa has stated that she has gained a great love and passion for gardening since writing her books Earthly Joys (1998) and Virgin Earth (1999).

    • In 1982, Philippa received her B.A. in History at Sussex University.

    • In 1999, Philippa was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Serial for her writing the screenplay for the miniseries A Respectable Trade based off of her novel.

    • In 2002, Philippa Gregory won the Parker Pen Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her novel The Other Boleyn Girl.

    • Philippa has stated that she is a big fan of cartoonist Gary Larson (The Far Side) as likes getting books of his cartoons as a gift.

    • Philippa has two children. A son, Adam, and a daughter, Victoria. She also considers her step children her own children as well.

    • Philippa has stated that one of her favorite movies is 1998's Shakespeare in Love.

    • Philippa has stated that she fell in love with her husband, Anthony, the night she met him but they didn't have contact for 15 years after that. When they did have contact once again, she fell right back in love and they got married.

    • Philippa owns and drives around in a Black Jaguar which she says "purrs" like herself.

    • Philippa owns a horse and has stated that she loves riding and would love to one day ride him by the sea.

    • Philippa is very open that she believes that the marriage between Katherine (Catalina) of Aragon and her first husband, Arthur Tudor, was in fact consummated, even though Katherine had documents from the Vatican stating otherwise.

    • In 2005, Philippa broke two vertebra in her back after falling off of a horse.

    • Philippa was once a journalist with BBC radio.

  • Quotes

    • Philippa Gregory: (On watching the filming of the movie The Other Boleyn Girl, which is based on her novel of the same title) When I first saw the actors on location there was a haunting moment when it almost seemed as if they were real, really in Tudor England, and we in modern clothes were the illusion. It is extraordinary to see something that I have imagined suddenly become solid and real. To see them in costume, performing a scene, in an ancient setting is almost more powerful than to see them filmed on the screen. It is a magical moment.