Victoria Mary Clarke

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Victoria Mary Clarke
Born (1966-01-11) 11 January 1966 (age 51)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Writer
Language English
Notable works A Drink with Shane MacGowan,
Angel in Disguise?
Partner Shane MacGowan

Victoria Mary Clarke (born 11 January 1966) is an Irish journalist and writer. She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines.[1][2][3] She is the author of Angel in Disguise?.[4] In 2007, she appeared on Celebrities Go Wild, an RTÉ reality television show in which eight celebrities had to fend for themselves in the wilds of rural Connemara.[5]

She is also known for her long-term relationship with singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan, whom she met at sixteen.[2] She wrote the biography, A Drink with Shane MacGowan.[6][7] They do not allow celebrities or journalists to frequent their house but Sinéad O'Connor has previously visited them.[7] In December 2009, the couple appeared together on the RTÉ One reality television special Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own in which they attempted to tend to their own vegetables at an allotment in Dublin.[8][9][10][11] She returned to The Late Late Show with MacGowan on 26 February 2010 to discuss their single for the 2010 Haiti earthquake relief effort.[12][13]

Clarke grew up in the countryside in Ireland.[2] Her mother was born in Herbert Park,[7] and went on to fall pregnant with her when she was nineteen years of age, subsequently being abandoned by her father when she was a young baby.[2] Like MacGowan, she is a fan of literature and music.[7] She is also a yoga enthusiast.[3][4] She believes in angels and believes she speaks to them on a regular basis.[14]


  1. ^ Victoria Mary Clarke (22 November 2009). "'I am used to Shane being unpredictable, he has disappeared before, in worse places. I console myself with Ozzy's autobiography'". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Victoria Mary Clarke (17 January 2009). "Looking for a father figure". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Victoria Mary Clarke (2 June 2007). "Shane's certainly no Brad Pitt, but he is my sweet pea and I'm marrying him". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Mary McCarthy (31 July 2007). "Angel in Disguise? by Victoria Mary Clarke". RTÉ. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Celebrities". Celebrities Go Wild. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 
  6. ^ Ian Penman (14 April 2001). "The sound and the fury". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d "At home with: Victoria Mary Clarke". Hot Press. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Shane MacGowan to grow his own vegetables on reality TV programme". NME. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Homegrown for Shane". The Irish Times. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own is said to echo 1970s sitcom The Good Life, and follows the pair as they attempt to live on homegrown produce – apparently not very successfully. 
  10. ^ "Is Shane MacGowan the new Monty Don?". The Guardian. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Pat Stacey (9 December 2009). "Loads of manure and very little else". Evening Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Late Late Show guests are revealed". RTÉ. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "MacGowan and Clarke Lead Late Late Charge". Hot Press. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  14. ^ Hilary Fannin (12 December 2009). "Shooting the sheriff". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 

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