Lucy Worsley's Biography

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Who is Lucy Worsley?

Lucy Worsley was born in Reading on 18 December 1973.

Her father was a geologist who worked where there were glaciers and so, Lucy was brought up in various countries such as Canada, Iceland and Norway.

She studied Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford, before completing a PhD in art history at the University of Sussex.

After leaving University, Lucy Worsley worked at Mlton Manor in Oxfordshire, where her role included giving guided tours.

Subsequently, she worked for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, English Heritage and Glasgow Museums.

In 2003, she was appointed Chief Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces.

She has gained widespread public attention through presenting numerous historical documentaries on the BBC including Six Wives with Lucy Worsley, Mozart's London Odyssey, Empire of the Tzars - Romanov RussiaA Very British Murder, The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain, and A Very British Romance.

She also co-presented Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Of Dance with Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman.

Her husband Mark Hines is an architect.

According to Lucy Worsley, quoted in The Standard, Mark Hines insisted on an unusual pre-nup clause that she would never compete in Strictly: "My husband was worried that all those celebrities seem to run off with their partners — and he thinks there’s quite enough of me on TV already.”

In June 2017, BBC Four revealed that it had commissioned Fizz Bang Wallop - A Tudor Firework Spectacular, co-presented by Lucy Worsley and Zoe Laughlin.

In October 2017, it was announced that Lucy Worsley would present a 90 minute documentary on BBC One, How Women Won The Vote.

In 2018 Lucy Worsley was appointed an OBE.

In 2019, she presented A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley on BBC Two.

In December 2020, it was announced that BBC One had commissioned a special 90 minute documentary exploring the Blitz, entitled Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley.

In 2022, the BBC announced that it had commissioned a series presented by Lucy Worsley with the working title Agatha Christie: Mystery Queen.

The true-crime podcast and BBC Radio 4 show Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley returned to the airways in March 2023.

In December 2023, she presented a three-art series for BBC Two, Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on The Case Of Conan Doyle.

She is frightened of heights.

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