Tilly Bagshawe

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Tilly Bagshawe
Born Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe
(1973-06-12) 12 June 1973 (age 41)
London, England
Pen name Tilly Bagshawe
Occupation Journalist, writer
Language English
Nationality British
Period 2005-Present
Genre Chick-lit
Spouse Robin Nydes
Children 3
Relatives Louise Mensch (sister)

Tilly Bagshawe (born Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe, 12 June 1973 in London, England) is a British freelance journalist and author. She is best known for her books Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game and Sidney Sheldon's After the Darkness.


Born Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe on 12 June 1973 in Lambeth Hospital, London,[1] is the daughter of Nicholas Wilfrid Bagshawe and Daphne Margaret née Triggs.[2] Her father comes from a family of Catholic gentry;[3] his grandfather was the marine artist Joseph Richard Bagshawe, who was himself grandson of one of the 19th century's most renowned marine artists Clarkson Stanfield,[4] and a nephew of Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham. Her paternal grandmother Mary Frideswide was the daughter of Charles Robertson, a stockbroker and benefactor of St Philip's Priory, Begbroke and one of the co-founders of Westminster Cathedral.[5] Her older sister is Louise Bagshawe Mensch, a Chick-Lit author and former Conservative Member of Parliament. She has another sister Alice and a brother, James.[6]

She was educated at Woldingham School, Surrey, and while there,she became pregnant. At seventeen, she was a single mother of a daughter, Persephone (aka Sefi), but she finished her studies and at the age of eighteen, she went up to St John's College, Cambridge with her ten-month-old daughter in tow.[7]

Married with Robin Nydes, a US businessman, they live between their homes in London and Los Angeles, with her daughter Sefi, and their sons Zac and Theo.

Now a freelance journalist and novelist, she is a regular contributor to The Sunday Times, Daily Mail and other British publications.



  • Adored (2005/Jul) (ISBN 0-446-57688-3).
  • Showdown (2006).
  • Do Not Disturb (2008).
  • Flawless (2009).
  • Scandalous (2010).
  • Fame (2011)
  • Temptation (2012)

Sidney Sheldon Series of novels[edit]


  1. ^ "Births". The Times. 13 June 1973. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Marriages". The Times. 23 September 1969. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "The Landed Gentry of Britain". Wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  4. ^ David Cordingly (1996), Jane Turner, ed., "Stanfield, Clarkson" Grove Dictionary of Art, Macmillan Publishers 
  5. ^ The Catholic Who's Who and yearbook, Volume 33, 1940, p. 432 
  6. ^ Scott, Caroline (6 March 2005). "Relative Values: Tilly and Louise Bagshawe". The Sunday Times (London). 
  7. ^ Haynes, Lorien (23 May 2009). "'Sefi is the best mistake I ever made'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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