Francis Fulford (television personality)

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Francis Fulford (born 31 August 1952) is an English reality TV star. He is a member of England's landed gentry, and the 23rd Fulford to have owned and inhabited Great Fulford manor house.[1][2]

Family estate[edit]

The Fulford family continues to occupy the same manor granted to William de Fulford by Richard I of England[3] about 1190 as a reward for going on crusade.[4] The present house dates back to the 16th Century.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Francis Fulford is the son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Edgar Anthony Fulford and Joan Shirley, younger daughter of Rear-Admiral C. Maurice Blackman, DSO.[6] He attended Sunningdale School in Berkshire but failed the entrance exam for Eton, and so attended Milton Abbey School in Dorset. He did not progress to any university or higher education.[7] At 18 he started a career with the Coldstream Guards, but failed the Army Officer Selection Board exam and so left after nine months. He travelled to Australia to work as a jackaroo, but soon returned to England, re-taking (and again failing) the Army Officer Selection Board exam,[7] before moving to London to work as a stockbroker and insurance broker.[1] Since inheriting the family estate he has devoted himself to its management, though it is in need of restoration and currently (according to his many television appearances) in a state of severe debt. He lives there with his wife Kishanda and four children.

Since 2004 he has maintained an ongoing career in reality television, appearing in various entertainment and documentary-style programmes, many of which (such as The F***ing Fulfords) make a feature of his casual swearing, prejudices,[8] and traditionalist views.[9][10][11]

In 2007 he attempted a move into local politics, standing for a seat on Teignbridge District Council as a member of the Conservative Party. He was defeated, gaining 370 votes out of an electorate of 2215.[12] He is currently a member of the UK Independence Party.[13]

Reality television[edit]

Publications[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fulford, Francis, Bearing Up:The Long View London, 2004, ISBN 978-1-85725-203-3
  2. ^ Colby, Frederic Thomas, B.D., F.S.A., Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford – editor, The Visitation of Devon 1620, London, 1872, pps: 117–119.
  3. ^ Townend, Peter, editor, Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th edition, 1965, vol.1, p.294.
  4. ^ Burke's LG, 1965, p.294 where the three brothers are recorded as crusaders.
  5. ^ "Great Fulford :: Historic Houses Association". Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Kelly's Handbook to the Titled, Landed, and Official Classes, London, 1962, p.801.
  7. ^ a b http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/passedfailed-an-education-in-the-life-of-francis-fulford-landowner-and-writer-516629.html
  8. ^ Saban, Stephen. The Wow Report, 2004. Latest Star of Brit TV Is Swearing Racist Sexist Homophobic Aristocrat
  9. ^ "Prepare for the F***ing Fulfords! – Showbiz – London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 2004-08-06. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  10. ^ "Can the Fulfords clean up?". Telegraph. 2005-07-06. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  11. ^ Shrimsley, Robert. The Financial Times, August 13, 2004 When gritty realism turns into panto
  12. ^ http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13134
  13. ^ Radio Times Interview, 2014-10-28 Life is Toff's the Fulfords as posh and outspoken as ever
  14. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/country-house-rescue/on-demand/53640-004

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