Alexander Bernstein, Baron Bernstein of Craigweil

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Alexander Bernstein, Baron Bernstein of Craigweil (15 March 1936 – 13 April 2010)[1] was a British television executive and a Labour member of the House of Lords.

Educated at Stowe School and St John's College, Cambridge,[2] Bernstein joined the Granada Group, the leisure and television company founded by his uncle, Sidney, and his father, Cecil Bernstein. He was a director of the company, managing director of Granada Television in the 1970s, and Chairman of Granada Group 1979-96.

Bernstein was a major contributor to the Labour Leader's Office Fund run by Lord Levy to finance Tony Blair's private office. He was created a life peer as Baron Bernstein of Craigweil, of Craigweil in the County of West Sussex, on 15 May 2000.[3][4] He was also active in the arts, serving on several governing bodies and trusts.

He married Vanessa Anne Mills in 1962; they had a son and a daughter, and divorced in 1993. In 1995, he married Angela Mary Serota, the former wife of Sir Nicholas Serota.


  1. ^ Jessica Elgot "Labour peer Lord Bernstein dies", The Jewish Chronicle (website), 13 April 2010
  2. ^ Obituary: Lord Bernstein of Craigweil, Daily Telegraph (website), 18 April 2010
  3. ^ "No. 55859". The London Gazette. 26 May 2000. p. 5821.
  4. ^ David Osler "Taking It On Trust",What Next? no.25, 2003