Camilla Elizabeth Long (born 18 June 1978)[1] is a British newspaper columnist with The Times and The Sunday Times.

Camilla Long
Camilla Elizabeth Long

(1978-06-18) 18 June 1978 (age 41)
Alma materOxford University
OccupationWriter, columnist
Parent(s)Richard Pelham Long, MBA;
Roslyn, daughter of
Capt Gordon Britton CBE RN
RelativesEarl of Lincoln;
Viscount Long;
Baron Clinton


Camilla is descended from the aristocratic Clinton family (Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle (1785–1851), an ancestor through her paternal grandmother),[2] while her father, Richard Pelham Long, 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]


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 actor Michael Fassbender. Her opening question referred to the large size of the actor's penis ("That’s kind of you to say", he replied). 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 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]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  2. ^ "Person Page – 35938". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Oxford University Gazette, 28 May 1998: Colleges". Archived from the original on 27 April 2013. 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. Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  12. ^ "UKIP asks police to investigate the BBC over Have I Got News for You". ITV News. 29 April 2015.

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