Georgia Byng

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Georgia Byng
Byng smiling to the camera
Byng in 2016
Born (1965-09-06) 6 September 1965 (age 54)
Winchester, England, United Kingdom
  • Novelist
  • illustrator
  • actress
  • film producer
EducationWestonbirt School, Gloucestershire
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Notable worksMolly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

Georgia Byng (born 6 September 1965)[1] is a British children's writer, illustrator, actress and film producer.

Early life[edit]

Georgia Byng was born on 6 September 1965, in London, England. She grew up in a village, Abbots Worthy near City of Winchester in Hampshire. She has three brothers and one sister. She is the elder daughter and second child of Thomas Edmund Byng, the eighth Earl of Strafford and his first wife, Jennifer May (daughter of Irish politician William Morrison May. Byng is the elder sister of Jamie Byng, publisher of Canongate Books.[2] Through her late stepfather, Sir Christopher Bland, Byng is the half-sister of Archie Bland, Guardian writer and sub editor.[3]


Byng was educated at Princess Mead School, Winchester, Nethercliffe School, Winchester then from 12 years old at Westonbirt School, an independent boarding school for girls in Gloucestershire.[4] She went to Peter Symonds, a sixth form college in Winchester. From 1984 - 1987 she attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, a constituent college of the University of London in central London.[2]



Byng worked as an actress from 1989 to 1990, appearing in the television series Screen Two, Dealers, and Capstick's Law.

Writing and illustration[edit]

While pursuing her acting career, Byng began writing comic strips, and illustrating. After her initial success in this field, she gave up acting to write full-time. Her first published book was a comic strip story, The Sock Monsters. Byng's best-known work is Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism, a book about a girl who finds a book about hypnotism and learns how to hypnotise people. In later books, Molly learns to use other powers such as stopping time, travelling through time, reading minds, and morphing into other forms. The sixth book in the Molly Moon series was released in 2012. Byng co-wrote the screenplay for Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, the movie of her first book. Byng is with Caradoc King at London agency, United Agents.[5]


In 2015, Byng was the producer for Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, the film adaptation of her book.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Byng married Daniel Chadwick in 1990; they divorced in 1995. They have a daughter, Tiger, from this marriage, born 1990.[1][7]Byng married artist, Marc Quinn. They divorced in 2014. She has two more children with him; sons, Lucas (born 2001) and Sky (born 2005).[8][9][10]


Selected works include:

Molly Moon series[edit]

  1. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (2002)
  2. Molly Moon Stops the World (2004)
  3. Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time-Travel Adventure (2005)
  4. Molly Moon, Micky Minus and the Mind Machine (2007)
  5. Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery (2010)
  6. Molly Moon and the Monster Music (2012)


  1. ^ a b Cracrofts Peerage. Retrieved 12 August 2011. meow Archived 29 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Amanda Craig, "Harry's Heirs". 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2007. Archived 9 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "List addict prepared to tick off BT television". Jane Martinson. The Guardian. 10 February 2006. Retrieved 4 September 2012. Based on an interview of Sir Christopher Bland.
  4. ^ "Westonbirt School" Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Schools Guide 2012. Tatler ( Retrieved 9 November 2012.
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  6. ^ Georgia Byng, retrieved 14 May 2016
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Lady Georgia Byng". The Peerage.[unreliable source]. Last edited 22 May 2004. Retrieved 20 August 2007
  8. ^ Stefanie Marsh, "The new Marc Quinn". Times Online, 22 January 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Nigel Reynolds, ""Children's writer mounts challenge to Harry Potter". Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2002. Retrieved 20 August 2007. Archived 18 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "[1]. Harper Collins' Author Biography. Retrieved 28 February 2008.[dead link]
  11. ^ Byng, Georgia. "The Girl With No Nose". Barrington Stoke. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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