David Starkey

David Starkey

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1945-01-03 (76 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Kendal, England, UK

10 Movies · 8 TV shows

Also Known As: David Robert Starkey · Dr David Starkey · Dr. David Starkey

Biography

David Robert Starkey (born 3 January 1945) is an English historian and a 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 history 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.In June 2020, during a podcast interview, Starkey stated that "Slavery was not genocide otherwise there wouldn't be so many damn blacks in Africa or Britain would there?" Following these comments, he apologised and resigned or was fired from a number of fellowships and other senior positions, along with his book deals being cancelled, and having his Medlicott Medal withdrawn.

Personal Life

Starkey lived for many years with his partner, James Brown, a publisher and book designer, until the latter's death in 2015. The couple had three homes: a house in Highbury, a manor house in Kent, and another in Chestertown, Maryland, US. Starkey previously lived at John Spencer Square in Canonbury, Islington.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

2 Movies
Lost Pharaohs of the Nile

Lost Pharaohs of the Nile

2019
Experts challenge the view that Egypt is Africa's only 'great' civilisation, providing evidence that the Black Pharaohs' Kingdom of Kush was a major ancient African superpower.
Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs

2019
The Kush Empire was an ancient superpower that dominated the Nile Valley and rivaled the Egyptians, and now, a new, cutting-edge investigation at a mysterious tomb could reveal the secrets of this for...

2018.

1 Movie
The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci

2018
Janina Ramirez explores the BBC archives to create a TV history of Leonardo Da Vinci, discovering what lies beneath the Mona Lisa and even how he acquired his anatomical knowledge.

2017.

1 Movie
Reformation: Europe's Holy War

Reformation: Europe's Holy War

2017
Historian David Starkey tells the story of the Protestant Reformation and how it transformed the face of modern Europe, unleashing fundamentalism, terror and religious violence.

2015.

4 Movies
Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court

Britain's Tudor Treasure: A Night at Hampton Court

2015
Lucy Worsley and David Starkey celebrate the 500th anniversary of Britain's finest surviving Tudor building, Hampton Court. As Henry VIII's pleasure palace, Hampton Court was a showcase for royal magn...
David Starkey's Magna Carta

David Starkey's Magna Carta

2015
David Starkey looks at the origins of Magna Carta, the document that has underpinned British liberties since it was created in 1215 to check the abuses of King John.
Sinking the Lusitania: An American Tragedy

Sinking the Lusitania: An American Tragedy

2015
The sinking of the Lusitania and the impact it had in determining the fate of World War I is widely known. But few know the stories of the passengers and crew aboard the doomed luxury liner, or the Ge...
Richard III: The Princes In the Tower

Richard III: The Princes In the Tower

2015
It's one of the darkest murder mysteries in British history: did Richard III really kill his nephews in order to make himself king? Is he the greatest villain in English history, or the victim of cent...

2014.

1 TV show
TV
Rome: The World's First Superpower

Rome: The World's First Superpower

2014
The history of Rome is a 1,000-year-long epic, filled with murder, ambition, betrayal and greed and encompassing such legendary characters as Rome’s Iron Age founders Romulus and Remus and its greates...

2013.

1 Movie
The Last Days of Anne Boleyn

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn

2013
The last days of Anne Boleyn, who became the first queen in British history to be executed, are remembered by writers and historians.

2012.

1 Movie
Saxon Hoard: A Golden Discovery

Saxon Hoard: A Golden Discovery

2012
Terry Herbert discovered the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure in the UK.

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Jamie's Dream School

Jamie's Dream School

2011
Jamie's Dream School is a seven-part British television documentary series made by Fresh One Productions, first aired on Channel 4. In it, Jamie Oliver enrols a group of teenagers with fewer than five...

2009.

1 TV show
TV
Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant

Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant

2009
Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant is a history documentary series on Henry VIII of England presented by David Starkey. It premiered on Channel 4 from 6 to 27 April 2009.

2006.

1 TV show
TV
The One Show

The One Show

2006
A magazine-style daily television programme is broadcasted on the UK's most popular television channel. The programme is hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on ...

2004.

1 TV show
TV
Monarchy

Monarchy

2004
The political and ideological history of the English monarchy from the Saxon period to modern times is the subject of a Channel 4 British TV series. PBS stations in the United States aired the show. A...

2001.

1 TV show
TV
The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

2001
Through dramatic reconstructions and his own passionate narration, Dr. David Starkey, the controversial Tudor historian, profiles the six women who married Henry Vlll.

2000.

1 TV show
TV
Elizabeth

Elizabeth

2000
Queen Elizabeth I of England is the subject of a British documentary.

1979.

1 TV show
TV
Question Time

Question Time

1979
Politicians from at least the three major political parties as well as other public figures who answer pre-selected questions put to them by a carefully selected audience are typically featured in thi...
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