Katie Hopkins Biography

Katie Olivia Hopkins is a British columnist and media personality. Let's have a look at her childhood, family, personal life, etc.

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Birthday: February 13, 1975

Nationality: British

Famous: Journalists British Women

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Females

Also Known As: Katie Olivia Hopkins

Born in: Barnstaple

Famous as: Media Personality

Height: 1.7 m

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Mark Cross (m. 2010), Damian McKinney (m. 2004–2005)

father: Roy Hopkins

mother: Anona C. O. Crowle

children: India McKinney, Maximillian William Cross, Poppy McKinney

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education: University of Exeter, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

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Katie Olivia Hopkins is a British columnist and media personality known for her outspokenness. She first gained recognition as a controversial contestant on the BBC show, ‘The Apprentice.’ Born and raised in Devon, UK, she studied economics and then obtained military training, but was not commissioned as she suffered from epilepsy. After her first reality show, ‘The Apprentice,’ she appeared in few more shows, then worked as a columnist for British publications ‘The Sun’ and later, ‘Mail Online.’ Written through her columns, and tweets, her views proved controversial on many occasions. Her comments about Scottish people, dementia patients, and migrants raised criticism, protests and petitions. She has been interviewed under caution by ‘Homicide and major crime command’ over the allegations of inciting racial bias. After her remarks about ‘Manchester Arena Bombing,’ she was removed from the post of presenter for ‘LBC’ radio station. On occasions, the publications that employed her had to pay damages and legal costs to the targets of her allegations. Presently she writes for the Canadian website ‘The Rebel Media.’ She is married to Mark Cross, and has three children.

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Katie Hopkins
Childhood & Early Life
  • Hopkins was born on February 13, 1975, in Barnstaple, Devon, UK, to a banker mother and an (electrical) engineer father. She was brought up in Bideford and is the younger of the two daughters. She studied at a private convent school, wherein she participated in sports and took lessons in piano and violin.
  • After graduating from the school, she studied economics at the ‘University Of Exeter’ and took part in the ‘Officer’s Training Camps’ on weekends. She attended the ‘Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst’ and completed military training. However, she couldn’t take up her commission post as at the passing out, it was discovered that she suffered from epilepsy.
  • She worked at a business consultancy in Manhattan, New York and later, returned to the UK in 2005. In September 2006, she began working as a global brand consultant at Met Office.
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Career
  • Soon after joining the work, the Met Office granted her an unpaid leave to participate in the series 3 of the BBC reality show, ‘The Apprentice,’ where the contestants competed to obtain a job with businessman Alan Sugar. During the show, she became known for her criticism of fellow contestants, back-stabbing attacks and controversial comments about maternity leave, obese people among other topics. She quit the show before the finals, stating reasons of childcare issues.
  • After the show, she lost her Met Office job in June 2007; the reasons given were - failure to meet the standards to complete her probationary period and also, her performance on the show. Later she sold her story to two newspapers.
  • In 2007, she took part in the comedy panel game show, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats,’ and guest-starred in ‘Loose women,’ and ‘The Friday Night Project.’ The same year, she was one of the celebrities in ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out Of Here!’ Hopkins was one of the housemates in ‘Channel 5’ reality series ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in January 2015, where she earned a second place. She was often argumentative and aggressive with other participants.
  • In 2015, she did 2 shows for the channel ‘TLC.’ For her show ‘My Fat Story’ she initially gained 3 stones/19 kg. and later lost that weight over 6 months. This entire process was recorded on camera, through which she wanted to prove that obesity can be controlled. Her other ‘TLC’ show was ‘If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World,’ which was discontinued after first series due to low ratings.
  • On a national radio station ‘LBC’ she hosted a Sunday morning talk show from April 2016. But on May 26, 2017, after her Twitter comment about the ‘Manchester Arena Bombing,’ wherein she stated that ‘we need a final solution,’ the radio station announced discontinuation of her services.
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Work As A Columnist
  • Initially, till 2007, she wrote for an Exeter newspaper ‘Express & Echo.’ Hopkins joined ‘The Sun’ as a weekly columnist from October 2013. She was publicized as ‘Britain’s most controversial columnist.’ She worked with ‘The Sun’ till autumn 2015 and then joined ‘Mail Online,’ the online portal of ‘Daily mail.’ On October 5, 2017, she wrote her last column for ‘Mail Online.’ Her contract was not renewed after November 2017.
  • Hopkins is active on ‘Twitter’ and expresses most of her views through posts or tweets. She joined a Canadian far-right website, ‘The Rebel Media,’ as a columnist from January 2018 and writes the column ‘Hopkins World.’
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  • She ran for the ‘2009 European Parliament Election’ as an Independent candidate for the South-West England constituency and received 0.6% of total votes.
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Personal Life
  • Hopkins married Damian McKinney, a former Royal Marine, in Exeter, in September 2004. They have 2 daughters. The couple divorced in 2005, after their second daughter was born. She met design manager Mark Cross at the Met Office. They were married in 2010, and the marriage was captured on camera as a part of the reality show ‘Four Weddings.’ They have a son.
  • As a treatment for her epilepsy, she underwent a brain surgery in February 2016, and later claimed to have been cured of epilepsy.
  • In November 2017, she released her autobiographical book, ‘Rude.’
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Last Updated
- July 21, 2018

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