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Amelia Sophie Gentleman (born 1972) is a British journalist. She is a reporter for The Guardian.[2]

Amelia Gentleman
Amelia Sophie Gentleman

1972 (age 46–47)
Camden, London, England
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
EmployerThe Guardian
Jo Johnson (m. 2005)
Awards2012 Orwell Prize Winner for Journalism
2017 Press Awards Specialist Writer of the Year


Early life and educationEdit

Born in London in 1972,[3] Gentleman is the daughter of the artist David Gentleman[4] and his second wife Susan Evans, daughter of George Ewart Evans.[5]

Gentleman studied at St Pauls School[6], an independent day school,[7] before studying Russian and History at Wadham College, Oxford.[1][8]


Earlier in her career, Gentleman was the New Delhi correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the Paris and Moscow correspondent for The Guardian.[9] Since 2009, she has been in London, writing features for The Guardian, mainly looking at the impact of government policy.[8]

For six months, Gentleman worked on an account of the Windrush scandal for The Guardian, the deportation of people originally from British colonies in the Caribbean, or elsewhere in the Commonwealth,[10] who legally had a right of residence in the UK. According to Sara El-Harrak, writing for the openDemocracy website, the issue had previously been neglected by the British media.[11] The scandal ultimately led to resignation of the Conservative's Home Secretary, Amber Rudd.[12] Gentleman won the 2018 Paul Foot Award for her work on the Windrush scandal.[13] She also won the Political Studies Association journalist of the year 2018 (with Carole Cadwalladr) [14] and was named 2018 journalist of the year in the British Journalism Awards.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Gentleman met Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington whilst at Oxford University in 1991. They married in 2005 and live in Camden. The couple have a daughter and a son.[1][16]



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  2. ^ "Profile: Amelia Gentleman". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
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  4. ^ Killen, Mary (March 2015). "Boris Johnson's mother on her brilliant brood". Tatler. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Gentleman, David (William)". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. 2017. ISBN 9780199540884.
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  7. ^ "Oxford's diversity strategy: portraits of privileged white women replace portraits of privileged white men". The Spectator. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Changing faces: Amelia Gentleman". Alumni news. Wadham College, Oxford. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b c "2010 Journalism Prize Short List: Amelia Gentleman". The Orwell Foundation. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  10. ^ Bush, Stephen (25 April 2018). "Why Amber Rudd Won't Suggest Real Solutions to the Worsening Windrush Scandal". New Statesman. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  11. ^ El-Harrak, Sara (17 April 2018). "The Windrush generation and the long history of not being quite 'British' enough". openDemocracy. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Amber Rudd's resignation throws Theresa May's government into crisis". The Economist. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. ^ a b "The Paul Foot Award 2018". Private Eye. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
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  16. ^ Rayner, Gordon (25 April 2013). "Profile: Jo Johnson, the sensible sibling who might beat Boris to the job he covets most". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  17. ^ "2010 Press Awards Winners". The Press Awards. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  18. ^ "2012 Journalism Prize Winner: Amelia Gentleman". The Orwell Foundation. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  19. ^ Staff writer (23 May 2012). "Afghan war book wins Orwell Prize for political writing". BBC News. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  20. ^ "2016 Press Awards Winners". The Press Awards. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
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