Edwina Currie was born in Liverpool in 1946 and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. A life-long Conservative, she stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented a Midlands seat for fourteen years, becoming one of the nation's best known MPs.
Edwina is also successful writer, publishing both fiction and non-fiction. These include A Parliamentary Affair, The Ambassador and This Honourable House. Her Diaries 1987-1992 were published in 2002, and caused a sensation, revealing that she had a four-year affair with the then future prime minister John Major.
She has presented her own radio programme, Late Night Currie and television show Currie Nights, and won the BBC's Celebrity Mastermind 2004. She has appeared in reality television programmes Hell's Kitchen, Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes and Celebrity Wife Swap. Edwina will appear in the Autumn 2011 season of Strictly Come Dancing.
Edwina Currie is married to her second husband and lives in Surrey. They have a combined family of six children and nine grandchildren.