Rae Earl

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Rae Earl
Rachel Earl

(1971-12-13) 13 December 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceHobart, Tasmania, Australia
Other namesRae Earl Johnson, Rachel Earl Johnson
Alma materStamford High School, University of Hull
OccupationWriter, broadcaster
Known forMy Mad Fat Teenage Diary
Spouse(s)Kevin Johnson
ChildrenHarry Johnson

Rae Earl (born Rachel Earl; 13 December 1971 in Stamford, England) is an English writer and broadcaster.

Personal life[edit]

Earl obtained a degree from Hull University and won the University's Philip Larkin literary prize in 1994. She then worked as a copywriter in local radio before moving into radio presenting. Earl lives in Hobart, Australia and is married to Kevin Johnson and has a son named Harry.


My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary[edit]

She is the author of the 2007 book My Fat Mad Teenage Diary (published in the U.S. as My Mad Fat Diary, 2016) a collection of the diaries she wrote as a teenager in the late 1980s. The diary describes the tribulations of being an overweight girl with mental health difficulties, living in a council house with her mother and her mother's Moroccan boyfriend.[1] A follow-up book, My Madder Fatter Diary, Vol.2 was published in 2014.

The television show My Mad Fat Diary on E4 is based on her books. UnlIke the book, the series takes place in the 1990s rather than the 1980s. The first series began airing in January 2013, with a second series shown in 2014. A third and final series was shown in 2015.


  • OMG! Is This Actually My Life? Hattie Moore's Unbelievable Year! (2013) - Fictional diary of a teenage girl who lives in Derby.
  • OMG! I'm in Love with a Geek! (2014)
  • My Life Uploaded (2018)
  • My Life Gone Viral (2020)


  • It's All In Your Head: A Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together (2017); published in the U.S. as Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches (2019)


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