Geordie Greig

George Carron Greig (born 1960), known as Geordie Greig, is an English journalist and editor of the Daily Mail.

Geordie Greig
George Carron Greig

(1960-12-16) 16 December 1960
Lambeth, London, England
ResidenceNotting Hill, London, England
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford
TitleEditor, Daily Mail
PredecessorPaul Dacre
Kathryn Terry (m. 1995)
Parent(s)Sir Carron Greig
Monica Stourton

Early life and career

Born 16 December 1960 in Lambeth, London,[1][2] Greig is the son of Sir Carron Greig and Monica Stourton, granddaughter of the 24th Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton. Members of his father's family have been royal courtiers for three generations — including his twin sister Laura, who was a lady-in-waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.[3] He attended Eton College and St Peter's College, Oxford.[2]

Greig began his career as a reporter for the Hitchin and Stevenage Comet freesheet group in North Hertfordshire before moving to the South East London and Kentish Mercury newspaper, then joining the Daily Mail and then Sunday Today. He moved to The Sunday Times in 1987,[4] becoming arts correspondent in 1989 and then its American correspondent based in New York in 1991. Greig returned to London in 1995 to become The Sunday Times Literary Editor and was then appointed editor of Tatler magazine in 1999.[5]


He was appointed editor of the London Evening Standard in February 2009.[6] During his time as editor the Dispossessed Campaign was launched tackling poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. The campaign led to a Dispossessed Fund which has raised over £9 million for grassroots groups addressing poverty and has helped more than 100,000 people, including the homeless and unemployed.

In 2010 he was appointed Editorial Director of The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i (Independent Print Ltd) and the Evening Standard.

In March 2012, Greig became editor of The Mail on Sunday while remaining a director of Independent Print Ltd and The London Evening Standard.

He succeeded Paul Dacre as editor of the Daily Mail in September 2018.[7]

Other interests

In addition to his editorial duties, Greig has literary interests, for instance writing the foreword for the Forward Book of Poetry (1999).[8] His 2011 book, The Kingmaker is about his grandfather, Louis Greig, a war hero and rugby international, who became mentor, physician and friend to the young and hesitant Prince Albert, the future King George VI. His influence helped to guide the prince from a stammering, shy schoolboy to become the monarch who saw Britain through the Second World War.[9]

Greig has also written about the life of Lucian Freud. According to his publishers Jonathan Cape:

As one of a few close friends who regularly had breakfast with the painter during the last years of his life Breakfast with Lucian tells an insider's account ... Greig, who has studied his subject's work at length, unravels the tangled thread of a life lived on Freud's own uncompromising terms. Based on private conversations ... and informed by interviews with friends, lovers, and some of the artist's children who have never before spoken publicly about their relationships with the painter ... The book was published in autumn 2013.[10]

In 2005, The Observer newspaper termed Greig "Britain's most connected man".[11]

Personal life

On 25 November 1995 he married Kathryn Terry,[12] who is originally from Texas; the couple have three children, a son, Jasper, and twin daughters, Monica and Octavia (both 14). Greig and his family live in Notting Hill, London.[13]


  1. "Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006". Findmypast.
  2. Burke's Peerage 2003, page 1657
  3. Burke's Peerage 106th edition p. 2025
  4. Polly Vernon (1 May 2005). "The entertaining Mr Sloane". The Observer. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  5. "Class act". The Guardian. 11 October 1999. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  6. Luft, Oliver (2 February 2009). "Geordie Greig confirmed as London Evening Standard editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  7. Waterson, Jim (6 September 2018). "'A friend to Middle Britain': Geordie Greig begins reign as Daily Mail editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  8. "The Forward Book of Poetry 1999 by Geordie Greig". LibraryThing. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  9. "The King Maker by Geordie Greig - review". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  10. Breakfast with Lucian - Geordie Greig. Macmillan. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  11. Turvill, William (12 June 2013). "Britain's best connected man? Mail on Sunday editor Geordie Greig on Hugh Grant, Paul Dacre and the Johnsons". Press Gazette. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  12. "Kerrville Funeral Home". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  13. "The Tatler List | The People Who Really Matter". Tatler. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016.
Media offices
Preceded by
Jane Procter
Editor of Tatler
Succeeded by
Catherine Ostler
Preceded by
Veronica Wadley
Editor of the Evening Standard
Succeeded by
Sarah Sands
Preceded by
Peter Wright
Editor of the Mail on Sunday
Succeeded by
Ted Verity
Preceded by
Paul Dacre
Editor of the Daily Mail
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