Alex von Tunzelmann

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Alex von Tunzelmann
Tunzelmann in 2018
Tunzelmann in 2018
Born1977 (age 43–44)
United Kingdom
EducationBrighton and Hove High School
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
SubjectCold War
British Empire

Alex von Tunzelmann (born 1977) is a British historian, screenwriter and author. Tunzelmann has worked primarily as a researcher.

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.

Recently, Tunzelmann has begun writing a weekly column for The Guardian entitled "Reel history", in which she discusses and rates popular films for their historical accuracy. 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.[3] She published Blood and Sand about the Suez Crisis of 1956 in 2016.[4]

She has appeared on the literary discussion radio programme Litbits on Resonance FM, discussing literature and hair. She appears regularly on Sky News and in BBC current affair programmes.


Tunzelmann wrote the script for the movie Churchill, a film that received mixed reviews, with some publications citing numerous historical inaccuracies.[6] She also wrote episodes of the RAI period drama Medici, focusing on the well-known Florentine family.

A film based on her book Indian Summer is currently in development with Working Title Films.

Personal life[edit]

She lives in London.


  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. ^ "Alex von Tunzelmann Writer". United Agents. Limited Liability Partnership. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Blood & Sand". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  5. ^ Random House of Canada (1 September 2011). Red Heat by Alex von Tunzelmann (YouTube). Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. ^ 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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