David Robert Starkey CBE – born 3 January 1945 – is a historian and radio and television presenter.
The only child of Quaker parents, he attended Kendal Grammar School before studying at Cambridge through a scholarship.
There he specialised in Tudor history, writing a thesis on King Henry VIII’s household.
From Cambridge, he moved to the London School of Economics, where he was a lecturer in history until 1998. He has written several books on the Tudors.
Starkey first appeared on television in 1977. While a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 4 debate programme The Moral Maze, his acerbic tongue earned him the sobriquet of “rudest man in Britain”; his frequent appearances on Question Time have been received with criticism and applause.
Starkey has presented several historical documentaries. In 2002, he signed a £2 million contract with Channel 4 for 25 hours of programming, and in 2011 was a contributor on the Channel 4 series Jamie’s Dream School.
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