Stephen Dorril

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Stephen Dorril
BornJuly 17, 1955
Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Stephen Dorril (born 17 July 1955)[1] is a British academic, author, and journalist. He is a former senior lecturer in the journalism department of Huddersfield University and ex-director of the university's Oral History Unit.[2][3][4] His books have mostly been about the UK's intelligence services. With Robin Ramsay, Dorril co-founded the magazine Lobster. He has appeared on radio and television as a specialist on the security and intelligence services.[4] He is a consultant to BBC's Panorama programme.[3][4] His first book Honeytrap, written with Anthony Summers about the Profumo affair, was one of the sources used for the film Scandal (1989).[citation needed]


External video
video icon "Secrecy is the British Disease." Extended interview with Stephen Dorril.

Dorril has appeared as a specialist and consultant regarding intelligence matters on several radio and television programs: Panorama, Media Show, Secret History, World at One, NBC News, Canadian television, History Channel, French television, and others.[4] Dorril also served as a consultant on a forthcoming Channel Five series on the intelligence services.[4]




  • Honeytrap: The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward, with Anthony Summers. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1987). ISBN 0340429739.
  • Smear!: Wilson and the Secret State. New York: Harper Collins (1992). ISBN 0586217134.
  • The Silent Conspiracy: Inside the Intelligence Services in the 1990s. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann (1993). ISBN 0434201626.
  • MI6: Fifty Years of Special Operations. London: 4th Estate (2000). ISBN 1857020936.
  • MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service. New York: Simon & Schuster (2002). ISBN 0743203798.
  • Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism. New York: Viking Press (2006). ISBN 0670869996. See: Excerpted notes + appendix.

Media appearances[edit]

Conference papers[edit]

  • "The Secret Intelligence Service and Journalists During the Cold War." Delivered at the Journalism and History: Dialogues Conference, University of Sheffield (Sep. 15, 2010).


  1. ^ Dorril, Stephen. "Biography." Accessed Aug. 15, 2015. Archived from the original.
  2. ^ "Project Leaders". Asian Voices Oral History Project. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Biography: Dr Stephen Dorril". University of Huddersfield. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Stephen Dorril Biography."Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Archived from the original.

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