Francis Fulford (television personality)

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Francis Fulford (born 31 August 1952) is a reality TV star and landowner. 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.[8] 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 appeared in reality television and documentary-style programmes, many of which (such as The F***ing Fulfords) make a feature of his casual swearing, prejudices,[9] and traditionalist views.[10][11][12]

In 2007 he attempted a move into local politics, standing for a seat on the Teignbridge District Council. He was defeated, gaining 370 votes out of an electorate of 2215.[13] He is currently a member of the UK Independence Party.[14]

Reality Television[edit]

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fulford, Francis, Bearing Up:The Long View London, 2004, ISBN 1-85724-203-9
  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. ^ Fulford, Francis, Bearing Up:The Long View London, 2004, ISBN 1-85724-203-9
  9. ^ Saban, Stephen. The Wow Report, 2004. Latest Star of Brit TV Is Swearing Racist Sexist Homophobic Aristocrat
  10. ^ "Prepare for the F***ing Fulfords! - Showbiz - London Evening Standard". Standard.co.uk. 2004-08-06. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  11. ^ "Can the Fulfords clean up?". Telegraph. 2005-07-06. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  12. ^ Shrimsley, Robert. The Financial Times, August 13, 2004 When gritty realism turns into panto
  13. ^ http://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13134
  14. ^ Radio Times Interview, 2014-10-28 Life is Toff's the Fulfords as posh and outspoken as ever
  15. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/country-house-rescue/on-demand/53640-004

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