Nigel Dempster

Born Nov 1, 1941

Nigel Richard Patton Dempster was a British journalist, author, broadcaster and diarist. Best known for his celebrity gossip columns in newspapers, his work appeared in the Daily Express and Daily Mail and also in Private Eye magazine. At his death, the editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre was reported as saying: "His scoops were the stuff of legend and his zest for life inexhaustible".… Read More

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1941 Birth Born in 1941.


1963 22 Years Old After short periods working in the City and in public relations, Dempster joined the Daily Express in 1963 and remained at the title until 1971. … Read More


1971 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He was then on the staff of the Daily Mail from 1971 to 2003, where he was initially deputy to Paul Callan, but replaced him as the newspaper's diarist in 1973.
1975 34 Years Old While Dempster was sometimes inaccurate, for instance dismissing suggestions that Prince Charles would marry Lady Diana Spencer, he forecast in 1975 that Harold Wilson would soon resign as Prime Minister, three months before he did so in 1976. … Read More
1977 36 Years Old He married Lady Camilla Osborne in 1977 (divorced 2002). … Read More


1986 45 Years Old After he left the Eye, he began writing his column for the Mail on Sunday in 1986, and thus it now appeared seven days a week. … Read More


1992 51 Years Old Paul Dacre, who succeeded Sir David English as editor of the Mail in 1992, reportedly held a low opinion of Dempster's column, and revived the 'Ephraim Hardcastle' feature, under the responsibility of Dempster's old colleague on the Eye Peter McKay, in 1996.


2003 62 Years Old Dempster retired from editing the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday diaries bearing his name in 2003 and lived with Lady Camilla Dempster, his ex-wife, who helped nurse him through the effects of progressive supranuclear palsy, a nervous disorder with some characteristics of Parkinson's disease.
2004 63 Years Old On 29 May 2004 Dempster converted to Roman Catholicism at the Brompton Oratory in London. … Read More
2007 66 Years Old Dempster died on 12 July 2007. … Read More
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