Caitlin Moran (born 5 April 1975) is an English broadcaster, TV critic and columnist at The Times, where she writes three columns a week: one for the Saturday Magazine, a TV review column, and the satirical Friday column "Celebrity Watch". Moran is British Press Awards (BPA) Columnist of the Year for 2010, and both BPA Critic of the Year 2011, and Interviewer of the Year 2011. In 2012 she was named Columnist of the Year by the London Press Club, and Culture Commentator at the Comment Awards in 2013.
Moran's Irish father is a one-time "drummer and psychedelic rock pioneer" who became "confined to the sofa by osteoarthritis". She is the eldest of eight children and has four sisters and three brothers. She was born in Brighton and then lived in a three-bedroom council house in Wolverhampton with her parents and seven siblings, an experience she described as akin to "The Hunger Games". She attended Springdale Junior School and was then educated at home from the age of 11, having attended secondary school for only three weeks.
Moran and her siblings received no proper formal education from their parents during this time; the local council allowed them to do so, as they were "the only hippies in Wolverhampton". The children frequently occupied their time with simple games, such as throwing mud at their house. Moran describes her childhood as happy but revealed she left home as soon as she was able, at age 18...
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