Adrian Woodhouse

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Adrian Woodhouse (born 27 July 1951) is a British writer, journalist and collector. Born in Calcutta, India he moved with his family back to their native England in the mid-1960s. After reading history at King's College, Cambridge he started work as a financial journalist before moving into gossip which better suited his talent since childhood for "collecting" famous people. In 1978 he became editor of Londoner's Diary in the Evening Standard for four years and in the following decade worked successively for Tatler, the Daily Telegraph and Robert Maxwell's short-lived London Daily News.

Through his more conventional collecting he curated from 1978 pioneering exhibitions of his favourite subjects - ceramics designer Susie Cooper, graphic artist Beresford Egan and surrealist photographer Angus McBean[1] - and published full-length biographies of all three. With Angus McBean he also wrote Vivien: A Love Affair in Camera about Vivien Leigh.

From the 1990s garden and architectural history have been his staples in Country Life and other magazines. He was initiator of the Capability Brown birthplace museum at Kirkharle, Northumberland in 2000 and is acknowledged[2] champion of the reputation of the 17th century architect and designer John Smithson.

These professional notices should not obscure an extremely colourful personal life that includes film and theatre legends, popstars and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic. As yet the arch-gossip has not been persuaded to spill the beans about his unofficial as well as official encounters with the famous.


  • Vivien Leigh: A Love Affair In Camera. London: Phaidon, 1989. (with Angus McBean.)
  • Susie Cooper. Trilby Books, 1992.
  • Beresford Egan. North Yorkshire:, Tartarus Press, 2005.
  • Angus McBean: Facemaker. London: Alma, 2006.


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