Lauren Booth was born and grew up in North London, UK. She trained as an actress at the London Academy of Performing Arts spending several years touring Europe with various, regional, theatre companies. However, her greatest interest lay in writing and politics. In 1997, spurred on by the election of her brother in law Tony Blair as Prime Minister she entered the journalism world. Her earliest writing experiences were with the London Evening Standard, where she wrote a lightweight, ‘About Town’ column for six months. From there, in 1999, she went to write for the political magazine, the New Statesman. Where she remained for four years. At the same time, the Mail on Sunday employed her as a columnist and feature writer. It was during her time with Mail on Sunday, that Lauren was sent to report on the 2005 Palestinian elections. Her relationship with the people and the vast injustice they continue to suffer, began.
Her outspoken writing style, led to her being offered her own show, ‘In Focus’ at the Islam Channel (UK). As their chief interviewer, she travelled the world for 2 years meeting major, thinkers, academics and activists from the Muslim world in the 21st century including, Sheikh Raed Saleh and Bishop Riadh (Palestine), amongst others.
In 2006 Lauren was a contestant on the ITV reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, donating the money she raised to the renowned charity, Interpal.
In 2008, Lauren was living in the South of France with her husband and their two young daughters. Despite an idyllic lifestyle, the struggles of the Palestinian people constantly called her away from her home and comfort zone, both professionally and personally. In July of that year, she went to Cyprus to report on the efforts of 45 human rights activists to break the illegal Israeli siege of Gaza, by boat. The Freegaza Movement made history on the 23rd of August 2008, by sailing the first ships to the Palestinian coast in 44 years. Lauren remained in Gaza for a month, unable to leave due to the siege. It was a life changing experience, which would lead her to embrace Islam two years later.
Since 2008, Lauren has worked and travelled extensively as an interviewer and reporter for the alternative news channel PressTV. Her ground breaking programs, Remember Palestine and the Diaspora are widely acclaimed for shedding new light on the suffering of the Palestinian people since 1948.
Lauren Booth, currently tours the globe speaking about her ‘Journey to Islam’ and other topics including Islamophobia, the mainstream media and Islam, Women’s rights in Islam, and the situation today in Palestine.
In October 2012, Lauren visited Pakistan for the first time at the invitation of former cricketer and leader of the PTI, Imran Khan. She took part in the historic convoy and peace protest to the borders of South Waziristan, against US drone attacks in the region.
She blogs about her experiences and is working on several books on the subject of Muslim prisoners in the 21st century as well as her varied and inspiring experiences in the Muslim world.
Daughters; Alexandra (b.2000) Holly (b.2003).
Islamic study, travel, my children.
Copthall Girls School
Barnet College; English, Art, Drama
London Academy of Performing Arts; Diploma
Journalism and broadcasting:
1987-1989 – LAPA
1992- 1997 – Theatrical tours, including; Vienna’s English Theatre.
1997-1998 Evening Standard
1998-1999 Breakfast Show, London Radio
1999 – 2004 New Statesman, ‘What Now,’ column
2002 – 2010 Mail on Sunday, features writer, columnist
2006 – 2008 In Focus, Islam Channel
2008 – 2009 Behind the Headlines, Press TV
2009 – Remember Palestine, Press TV
2011 – Diaspora, Press TV
2011 – Patron, Cageprisoner