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Alex von Tunzelmann

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Alex von Tunzelmann
Tunzelmann in 2018
Tunzelmann in 2018
Born1977 (age 46–47)
United Kingdom
EducationBrighton and Hove High School
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
SubjectCold War
British Empire

Alex von Tunzelmann (born 1977) is a British popular historian, screenwriter and author.

Early life and education[edit]

Tunzelmann has stated that her surname is of German ancestry originating in Saxony in Germany and that she has family connections from Estonia since 1600 and New Zealand since 1850.[1]

Tunzelmann was educated at Brighton and Hove High School,[2] an independent school for girls in Brighton, and at University College at the University of Oxford. She read history and edited both Cherwell and Isis.


Tunzelmann has contributed to The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman, The Truth About Markets by John Kay, Does Education Matter? by Alison Wolf, and Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence. She has been recognized as a Financial Times Young Business Writer of the Year. She collaborated with Jeremy Paxman on his book, On Royalty.

From 2008 to 2016, Tunzelmann wrote a column for The Guardian entitled "Reel history", in which she discussed and rated popular films for their historical accuracy.[3] She has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller, BBC Lonely Planet Magazine, and The Daily Beast.[4] She published Blood and Sand about the Suez Crisis of 1956 in 2016.[5]

She has appeared on the literary discussion radio programme Litbits on Resonance FM, discussing literature and hair[citation needed]. She appears regularly on Sky News and on BBC current affairs programmes.


Tunzelmann wrote the script for the movie Churchill, a film that received mixed reviews. Noted Churchill biographer Andrew Roberts gave the film a scathing review, writing "Ms. von Tunzelmann—who once had a column in The Guardian that attacked movies for their historical errors—has twisted the truth about Churchill and D-Day in a truly repulsive way".[9]

She also wrote episodes of the RAI period drama Medici, focusing on the powerful Florentine family.


  1. ^ von Tunzelmann, Alex [@alexvtunzelmann] (10 April 2014). "German origin but from Saxony, not Prussia. Family Estonian since c1600, New Zealanders since c1850. Would like red coat though" (Tweet). Retrieved 9 February 2021 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Cheating student flees to Germany". Oxford Mail. Gannett Company. 10 September 1998. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Reel history". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Alex von Tunzelmann Writer". United Agents. Limited Liability Partnership. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Blood & Sand". alexvontunzelmann.com. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  6. ^ Random House of Canada (1 September 2011). Red Heat by Alex von Tunzelmann (YouTube). Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  7. ^ Sands, Philippe (2 September 2021). "Monumental injustices — relics, racism and reparations". www.ft.com. Archived from the original on 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  8. ^ "£50k Wolfson History Prize shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 22 April 2022. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  9. ^ Roberts, Andrew (1 May 2017). "Fake History in "Churchill," starring Brian Cox". The Churchill Project. Hillsdale College. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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