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Libby Purves (Elizabeth Mary Purves) was born on 2 February, 1950 in London, England, UK, is a Radio presenter, journalist and author. Discover Libby Purves's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 70 years old?

Popular As Elizabeth Mary Purves
Occupation Radio presenter, journalist and author
Age 71 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born 2 February 1950
Birthday 2 February
Birthplace London, England, UK
Nationality UK

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In 2009, Purves debated at the Cambridge Union against Dr. Glenn Wilson and Rupert Myers on the motion This House Would Rather Be Gay. Following a column on the anti-gay policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greek businessman Demetri Marchessini took out a quarter-page advertisement in The Daily Telegraph on 28 January 2014 to criticise her views on homosexuality and religion. According to Purves, while Marchessini is "free to approve of the beatings and hangings of young men across the world in the name of what he considers religion" she is also "free to say he is a loony."


On being sacked without explanation as Chief Theatre Critic, she announced in the London Evening Standard two days later, 13 October 2013, that her commitment to, and interest in, theatre commentary was so great that she intended to continue, and on that day she inaugurated, a review website covering much the same first nights as before.


In February 2010 she was appointed The Times drama critic, succeeding Benedict Nightingale, but her work for The Times in this area ended in autumn 2013.


Purves is married to broadcaster Paul Heiney. The couple has one surviving child. Their first child, Nicholas, died on 26 June 2006, at age 23. He hanged himself in the family home in Westleton, Suffolk after a serious mental illness. A collection of his poems and sea-logs of a Pacific journey under square rig, The Silence at the Song's End, has been published, inspired a song cycle by Joseph Phibbs, and was broadcast on Radio 4.


For her column in The Times newspaper, Purves was named columnist of the year in 1999 and in the same year was appointed an OBE for services to journalism. She has written books on childcare, twelve novels including Mother Country, a memoir of religious upbringing, Holy Smoke (1998), and a travel book, One Summer's Grace (1989), about a 1,700-mile sailing journey round Britain with children aged three and five.


On BBC Radio 4 Purves also presented Midweek for 33 years (1984-2017) and the educational programme The Learning Curve for 10 years (1998-2008).


In 1983 she was editor of Tatler magazine for six months.


Purves won a scholarship to St Anne's College, Oxford, where she was awarded a first class degree in English. She was elected Librarian of the Oxford Union. In 1971, she joined the BBC as a studio manager. By the mid-1970s she was a regular presenter on BBC Radio Oxford where she could be frequently heard on the station's early morning shows. In 1976, she joined the BBC Radio 4's Today programme as a reporter and became the programme's first woman presenter, alongside Brian Redhead and John Timpson, two years later.


Elizabeth Mary "Libby" Purves, OBE (born 2 February 1950) is a British radio presenter, journalist and author.