Caitlin Moran

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Caitlin Moran
Born Catherine Elizabeth Moran
(1975-04-05) 5 April 1975 (age 39)
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist, author, broadcaster
Known for How to Be a Woman

Caitlin Moran (born Catherine Elizabeth Moran; 5 April 1975) is a British broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times, where she writes three columns a week: one for the Saturday Magazine, a TV review column, and the satirical Friday column "Celebrity Watch". Moran is British Press Awards (BPA) Columnist of the Year for 2010, and both BPA Critic of the Year 2011, and Interviewer of the Year 2011.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Moran's Irish-Catholic father is a one-time "drummer and psychedelic rock pioneer" who became "confined to the sofa by osteoarthritis".[2] She is the eldest of eight children and has four sisters and three brothers. She was born in Brighton and then lived in a three bedroom council house in Wolverhampton with her parents and siblings. She attended Springdale Junior School and was then educated at home from the age of 11, having attended secondary school for only three weeks.[3]

At the age of 13 in October 1988 she won a Dillons young readers' contest for an essay on Why I Like Books and was awarded £250 of book tokens. At the age of 15, she won The Observer's Young Reporter of the Year.[4] She began her career as a journalist for Melody Maker, the weekly music publication, at the age of 16.[5] Moran also wrote a novel called The Chronicles of Narmo at the age of 16, inspired by having been part of a home-schooled family. In 1992 she launched her television career, hosting the Channel 4 music show Naked City,[6] which ran for two series and featured a number of then up-and-coming British bands such as Blur, Manic Street Preachers, and the Boo Radleys. Johnny Vaughan co-presented with her on Naked City.

In December 1999, Moran married The Times rock critic Peter Paphides in Coventry and the couple have two daughters, born in 2001 and in 2003.[7]

In 2011, Ebury Press published Moran's book How To Be a Woman in the UK. As of July 2012, it had sold over 400,000 copies in 16 countries.[8]

On 13 July 2012, Moran became a Fellow of the University of Aberystwyth.[9]

In July 2013, Moran was featured in the BBC Radio 4 program "My Teenage Diary", where she discussed the diaries she kept through teenage years, with host Rufus Hound.[10] In the program Moran described growing up in an overcrowded council house with 7 other siblings as akin to The Hunger Games, and revealed she left home as soon as she was able, at age 18.[10] Moran had been officially home educated from the age of 11 but revealed, however, that she and her siblings received no proper formal education from their parents during this time; the local council allowing them to do so, as they were "the only hippies in Wolverhampton".[10] With no lessons to attend, Moran and her siblings frequently occupied their time with simple bland games, such as throwing mud at their house.[10] Moran describes her childhood as happy and revealed she was convinced throughout her teenage years that she would become a writer.[10] This upbringing served as the inspiration behind Moran's foray into TV drama/comedy with Raised By Wolves, a series which began airing in the UK on Channel 4 in December 2013.

In August 2013, Moran organized a 24-hour boycott of Twitter in protest against the organization's perceived failure to deal adequately with offensive content posted, sometimes anonymously, on public figures' Twitter feeds.[11]

In April 2014, she was named as one of Britain's most influential women in the BBC Woman's Hour power list 2014. [12]

Awards and honors[edit]



  1. ^ Interviewer of the Year 2011
  2. ^ Aida Edemariam "The Saturday interview: Caitlin Moran", The Guardian, 18 June 2011
  3. ^ The Times 2, p2. 28 December 2011
  4. ^ Moran, Caitlin (2007-11-26). "My glorious career? I won it in a competition". The Times (London). Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Pop on trial". BBC Online. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Davies, Hunter (17 May 1994). "Atrocious mess, precocious mind: Meet Caitlin Moran, newspaper columnist, television presenter, novelist, screenwriter, pop music pundit … and typical teenage slob". The Independent (London). 
  7. ^ Moran, Caitlin (2011). How To Be a Woman. HarperCollins. p. 275. ISBN 9780062124296. 
  8. ^ Jen, Doll. "Caitlin Moran on How to Be a Woman, How to Be a Feminist". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Aberystwyth University - July
  10. ^ a b c d e BBC Radio 4: "My Teenage Diary", First Broadcast 6:30PM Wed, 4 Jul 2012
  11. ^ "#TwitterSilence: Was Caitlin Moran's Twitter boycott an effective form of protest?". The Independent (London). 5 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Woman's Hour Power List 2014 – Game Changers". BBC Radio 4. 
  13. ^ "Cosmo's Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2011 announced!". Cosmopolitan UK. 4 November 2011. 

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