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Camilla Elizabeth Long (born 1978)[1] is a British newspaper columnist with The Times and The Sunday Times.

Camilla Long
Camilla Elizabeth Long

1978 (age 40–41)
Alma materOxford University
OccupationWriter, columnist
Parent(s)(f) Richard Pelham Long, MBA;
(m) Roslyn, daughter of
Capt Gordon Britton CBE RN
RelativesEarl of Lincoln;
Viscount Long;
Baron Clinton



Descended from the aristocratic Clinton family (Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle (1785–1851) is an ancestor through her paternal grandmother),[2] her father, Richard Pelham Long MBA, a great-grandson of Lord Charles Clinton MP, is one of the closest living relations of the last Duke of Newcastle who died in 1988.[citation needed] Her younger sister, Rebecca, is also in distant remainder to the ancient Clinton barony (created by writ of summons).[citation needed]


Educated at Oxford High School, she attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford,[3] becoming the 2009 British Press Awards "Interviewer of the Year (broadsheet)".[4]

In January 2012, Long interviewed the Germano-Irish actor Michael Fassbender. Her opening question apparently referred to the large size of the actor's penis ("That’s kind of you to say", he is quoted as replying). A section of Long's article was read to Fassbender in a subsequent interview for GQ magazine, including Long's statement that she was "quite certain that [Fassbender] would willingly show me his penis, given slightly different circumstances and a bucket of champagne," prompting Fassbender to respond that "I don’t think I would touch her with a barge pole!"[5][6]

In 2013 she won the Hatchet Job of the Year award for a piece on Rachel Cusk's divorce memoir Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation published in March 2012;[7][8] Long had previously been nominated the year before.[9] In July 2013 Long succeeded Cosmo Landesman as film critic for The Sunday Times.[10]

In March 2015 Long received criticism for referring to Thanet as "a small nodule of erupted spleen at the eastern edge of England".[11]

In April 2015 Long appeared on the BBC's Have I Got News for You and, quite expectedly, was asked to justify such defamatory comments about South Thanet, the constituency where Nigel Farage, then UKIP leader, was standing for election. UKIP registered a complaint with Kent Police but no further action was taken.[12]

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  1. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  2. ^ "Person Page – 35938". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Oxford University Gazette, 28 May 1998: Colleges". Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  4. ^ Stephen Brook (24 March 2010). "Daily Telegraph dominates British Press Awards with expenses exposé". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Camilla Long (22 January 2012). "Dirty pretty thing". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 July 2015. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Heath, Chris. "Fast Bender". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Long wins Hatchet Job award for scathing Cusk review". BBC News. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2013-04-29.
  8. ^ Long, Camilla (4 March 2012). "Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation by Rachel Cusk". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 22 November 2015. (subscription required)
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  10. ^ "Camilla Long to be new Sunday Times film critic" Archived 2014-01-22 at the Wayback Machine, News UK, 1 July 2013
  11. ^ "Sunday Times article brands Thanet as 'English Defence League on Sea'". Thanet Gazette.
  12. ^ "UKIP asks police to investigate the BBC over Have I Got News for You". ITV News. 29 April 2015.

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