Jessie was born in London and read history at Brasenose College, Oxford. Her first book Henry VIII’s Last Victim won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, and her second, God’s Traitors, won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History in 2015. It was also longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and selected as a Book of the Year in the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and BBC History Magazine.
Jessie Childs on Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (72 Films for BBC 2)
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Jessie frequently appears on radio and TV, including the RTS Award-winning Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents (BBC 2 & PBS), and BBC Four’s two recent series on Charles I: Downfall of a King and Killing a King.
She has written and reviewed for many publications, including The Sunday Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Telegraph, Literary Review, TLS and LRB. She was one of the judges of the 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman History Prize and is on the editorial advisory board of History Today.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in Hammersmith, not far from a brewery, a distillery and the River Thames.