Hermione Eyre

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Hermione Eyre
OccupationJournalist, novelist
Alma mater Hertford College, Oxford
GenreHistorical fiction
Notable worksViper Wine
Spouse Alex Burghart

Hermione Eyre (born 1980) is a British journalist, novelist, and former child actor.


Early life

Hermione Eyre was born in 1980. Her parents were Sir Reginald Eyre, a British Conservative party politician, and Anne Clements. [1] [2] Her godmother was the English actress Hermione Gingold, who was a friend of her mother and whom she was named after. [3]

Eyre studied at Rugby School, joining at the age of 13 in the first year that the school began to admit girls. [4]

Eyre read English at Hertford College, Oxford. [5] [6]

After university, Eyre trained as a croupier at the Bermondsey Casino Training Centre, [7] and worked for a year at a London casino, dealing roulette and blackjack. [8]



At the age of seven, Eyre acted in About Face, a sitcom with Maureen Lipman. She also acted as a young Agatha Christie in a BBC production. In 1990, Eyre obtained a role as Zinnie in the film The Children with Kim Novak and Ben Kingsley. [9]

Aged twelve, Eyre acted in her final role – as the Kid Clementina in an episode of the television series Jeeves and Wooster . [10]


Eyre worked at The Independent as a staff writer for seven years. She was also a television critic for that newspaper. [11]

Eyre is known for her long-form interviews with celebrities, publishing her works in the London Evening Standard Magazine, where she is a contributing editor. [12] She has also written for the New Statesman , [13] and The Spectator . [14]


Eyre co-wrote The Dictionary of National Celebrity in 2005. [15]

In 2014, she published a work of historical fiction Viper Wine, featuring Venetia Stanley and Kenelm Digby, [16] which was nominated for the Folio Prize, [17] and short-listed for the Walter Scott Prize. [18]

Eyre cites Borges, Dorothy Parker and Charles Dickens as influences. [8]

Personal life

Eyre lives in Archway, London. In 2012, she married Alex Burghart, now a Conservative MP. [19] Their daughter, Sybilla, was born in 2013. [2]

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