Jemma Kidd

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Jemma Kidd
Born Jemma Madeleine Kidd
(1974-09-20) 20 September 1974 (age 44)
Guildford, England
Occupation Make up artist, former fashion model
Title Countess of Mornington
Children 3
Relatives Jodie Kidd (sister)
Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (great-granddaughter)

Jemma Madeleine Wellesley, Countess of Mornington (née Kidd; born 20 September 1974), more known by her maiden name as Jemma Kidd, is a British countess by courtesy, make up artist and fashion model. She currently resides on the Stratfield Saye estate, Hampshire.

Early life[edit]

Jemma is the second child of Johnny Kidd (a businessman and former showjumping champion)[1][2] and Wendy Madeline Hodge Kidd, the daughter of Sir John Rowland Hodge, 2nd Baronet[3] and founder of the Holder's Festival. Jemma is also a paternal great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook who founded The Daily Express.


The sister of international supermodel Jodie Kidd, Jemma led a successful career as a fashion model in her own right before discovering a new calling as a make-up artist. In 2003, Jemma opened her own "Make-up School" in London, and a cosmetics line of the same name was launched in 2006 and was available in the UK (in Boots), America, Australia, Hong Kong, and Canada. The business went into administration on October 2012.[4] She is the author of the books Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass, published in 2009.


She is married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, elder son of Duke of Wellington and his wife, Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington, and heir of the title Duke of Wellington. Their wedding took place at St James Church in Barbados on 4 June 2005.

The couple have twins and a younger son:[5][6]

  • Lady Mae Madeleine Wellesley (born 4 January 2010 at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London)
  • Arthur Darcy Wellesley, Viscount Wellesley (born 4 January 2010)
  • The Honorable Alfred Wellesley (born 10 December 2014)

Titles and styles[edit]


  1. ^ He was educated at Harrow School. In 1962, he was the European junior individual showjumping champion and he wrote the equestrian sport books, Reins in Our Hands (1966) and Take Off (1974). He was Chairman of Columbia Laboratories Inc. and lived at Holders House, St. James, Barbados and at 745 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
  2. ^ John Edward Aitken Kidd The Peerage.
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Person Page 12060". Retrieved 26 January 2012.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Katy Young (8 October 2012). "Jemma Kidd Cosmetics Enters Administration; The Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ (2010). Birth announcements. The Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ Duke has great-grand-Kidds

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