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Boris Johnson Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More


Bio/Wiki Full NameAlexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson Nickname(s)Boris, BoJo, Brand Boris Profession(s)Politician, Journalist Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm in meters- 1.75 m in feet inches- 5’ 9” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg in pounds- 165 lbs Eye ColourHazel Green Hair ColourBlonde Politics Political PartyConservative Party

Some Lesser Known Facts About Boris Johnson

  1. Does Boris Johnson smoke?: Yes (But according to some reports, he has quit smoking)

Boris Johnson while smoking

  1. Does Boris Johnson drink alcohol?: Yes

Boris Johnson while drinking beer

  1. He was born at Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. When he was born, his father, Stanley was studying Economics at Columbia University.

  2. However, he lived there until the age of 5. His mother got a job there in the World Bank. In 1969, his family moved to England where Johnson learned fox-hunting.

Childhood photo of Boris Johnson, his siblings and mother

  1. Johnson’s maternal grandfather, James Fawcett, was a lawyer and was a member of the European Commission for Human Rights from 1962 to 1984. He also served as its President from 1972 to 1981.

  2. Johnson is of German, French, Jewish, and Turkish descent. His paternal great-grandfather,  Ali Kemal, was a famous Circassian-Turkish journalist. He was a secular Muslim from Turkey. His maternal great-grandfather was a Lithuanian Jew and Orthodox Jewish rabbi (a teacher of Torah).

  3. In childhood, Johnson was very quiet and studious. At that time, he also suffered deafness and underwent several operations to insert grommets into his ears.

  4. When his father got a job in the European Commission, his family shifted to Uccle, Belgium. In Belgium, he attended his school and got fluent in French. During this time, he developed his interest in Rugby.

Boris Johnson as a child with his father, Stanley Johnson

  1. In 1980, his parents got divorced and Johnson settled with his mother in Notting Hill, West London.

  2. He abandoned his mother’s Catholicism and became an Anglican. He joined the Church of England. Once he stated that he was not a serious practising Christian.

  3. Darius Guppy (Businessman) and Charles Spencer (Nobleman, Author, Journalist, Broadcaster) were his best friends in school and college.

Darius Guppy and Boris Johnson were good friends at college

  1. He was good at literature and was trained in English and classical languages. He won prizes in competitions.

  2. After finishing his study at Eton College, Johnson went to Australia on a gap year where he taught English and Latin at Timbertop, Victoria.

College photo of Boris Johnson in the red circle

  1. He won a scholarship to study Literae Humaniores, a four-year course based on the study of Classical languages at Balliol College, Oxford.

  2. In Oxford University, he played Rugby for Balliol College. 

  1. He met his future wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen when he was studying at the University of Oxford and got engaged.

  2. Johnson was very popular at University. He co-edited the University’s satirical magazine, ‘Tributary’ with Darius Guppy. He has also written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, etc.

  3. In 1984, he was elected the secretary of the Oxford Union. However, he lost the election for the post of Union President to Neil Sherlock. In 1986, he ran for the post of the President of Oxford Union again and won the election.

  4. Johnson and Allegra Mostyn-Owen married in West Felton, Shropshire, in England and went to Egypt for honeymoon.

  5. After writing as a graduate trainee for the daily national newspaper, ‘The Times,’ Johnson established himself as a good columnist. Johnson’s articles established him as the favourite journalist of the conservative Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Boris Johnson and Margaret Thatcher

  1. In February 1990, Johnson and his wife Owen got separated and divorced each other in 1993. His second wife, Marina Wheeler was his childhood friend. In 1993, they got married in  Horsham, Sussex.

  2. After becoming an MP in 2001, he supported an unsuccessful impeachment process against the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair for high crimes and misdemeanours during the Iraq War of 2003.

  3. When he became Mayor of London for the first time in 2008, he launched some new policies and schemes in his first term; he introduced Routemaster double-decker buses replacing city’s articulated buses. He introduced a public bicycle scheme colloquially known as ‘Boris Bikes.’

Boris Bikes scheme was launched by Boris Johnson

  1. He has been a hardliner Brexit campaigner. He endorsed Vote Leave in the Out campaign for the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

  1. When Theresa May came to power, Johnson was appointed as the Foreign Secretary. Over his appointment, some politician criticised his position because of his huge account of controversies. Sweden’s former Prime Minister, Carl Bildt said, “I wish, it was a joke.”

Boris Johnson and Theresa May

  1. He is the biological father of a daughter with his secret relationship with Helen MacIntyre. He wanted media not to report his daughter existence but the Court ruled that the public had a right to know about Johnson’s reckless behaviour.

  2. His girlfriend, Carrie Symonds is a daughter of Matthew Symonds, co-founder of ‘The Independent’ Newspaper.

  3. He was portrayed by Will Barton in 2017 produced drama, ‘Theresa vs Boris: How May Became PM.’ He was also portrayed by Richard Goulding in the 2019 HBO and Channel 4 drama, Brexit: The Uncivil War.

  1. To become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, he defeated Jeremy Hunt by a margin of more than 45000 votes.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

  1. He has penned many columns, articles, and books. Some of his works are ‘Friends, Voters, Countrymen,’ ‘Lend Me Your Ears,’ ‘Seventy-Two Virgins,’ ‘The Dream of Rome,’ ‘Have I Got Views For You,’ ‘Life in the Fast Lane: The Johnson Guide to Cars,’ ‘Johnson’s Life of London,’ ‘The Churchill Factor,’ etc.

Boris Johnson; The dream of Rome

  1. He loves sports; especially playing rugby, tennis, and riding bikes.

Boris Johnson playing Tennis

Boris Johnson riding bike

References/Sources: [ + ]

1. ↑ The Guardian 2. ↑ Metro


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