Carolyn Eadie is the wife of Michael Portillo, a British journalist, broadcaster, and former politician who was once the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of the United Kingdom. Eadie was born on March 15, 1952, and is 71 years old in 2023.
Michael Portillo has been married to Carolyn Eadie since 1982. Thanks to her union with a public figure who has been quite controversial, Eadie piques the interest of many people. While some seek to know more about her personal life with Michael Portillo, others are interested in knowing what she does for a living. From her personal life to her career and what have you, the following are the facts to know about Michael Portillo’s wife.
Carolyn Eadie Was Born and Raised in North London
Named Carolyn Claire Eadie at birth, Michael Portillo’s wife was born in North London on the 15th of March 1952. This means she is 71 years old right now. It also means she is a year older than her husband who is 70. Michael Portillo was born on the 26th of May 1953 in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. Carolyn Claire Eadie was raised in North London where she was born. Apart from the facts mentioned already, it is hard to tell anything else about her family background and early life.
Information ranging from who her parents are to the number of siblings she has remain unknown to the public. This is so because Carolyn Eadie only gained public attention as a result of her marriage to Michael Portillo. So all the details of her life before she became the wife of a public figure are yet to be uncovered. Having said that, it is no secret she is a British woman who belongs to the caucasian ethnic group. Carolyn has lived in Britain all of her life and she still lives in the country with her famous husband.
In terms of her education, there are no publicly available records regarding the schools Carolyn Eadie attended. The level of education she attained is also best known to her. However, her career and the things she has accomplished thereof suggest she is well-educated. It is possible she pursued her education to the tertiary level but we can’t confirm that at the moment. One thing is certain though, the entirety of Carolyn Eadie’s life does not revolve around her husband. She has her own life and career outside of Michael Portillo’s successes and fame.
She is the Wife of Former MP – Michael Portillo
The British businesswoman is married to a journalist and TV broadcaster. Her husband was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, to a refugee father named Luis Gabriel Portillo and a Scottish mother, Cora Waldegrave. He had his primary education at Stanburn Primary School in Greater London and thereafter proceeded to Harrow County School for Boys. He later won a scholarship that took him to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he studied history and graduated with a first-class degree.
Michael Portillo’s first political office came in 1984 when he contested and won the Enfield Southgate by-election. He became a Conservative Party MP and by 1987, was appointed to his first ministerial post, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security.
He went on to hold several political positions for years. But primarily, he served as a Conservative Party representative for Enfield Southgate from 1984 to 1997. And then as a representative for Kensington and Chelsea from 1999 to 2005. He did not seek re-election in the 2005 general election and that effectively brought his political career to an end.
Michael Portillo now works in media as a journalist and TV broadcaster. He made his first TV appearance at the age of eight in 1961: he was featured in a television advertisement for Ribena. Since his retirement from politics, he has stayed committed to his career as a journalist. Through it, he has remained one of the prominent political voices in the country.
They have Been Married Since 1982
Michael Portillo is still married to Carolyn Eadie. The couple lives happily together. Their marriage has lasted over four decades as they have been married since 1982. From what we gathered, the couple met for the first time in the mid-70s at a school party. They became friends and in the fullness of time, it turned into a romantic relationship.
They eventually got engaged and exchanged marital vows on the 12th of February 1982. It is said that their’s was a small wedding in London witnessed by close friends and relatives. As of when they got married, Michael was yet to kick start his political career. He was working for Kerr-McGee Oil at that time. So Carolyn Eadie has known and been part of Michael Portillo’s life long before he became famous.
In celebration of World Book Day a photo of me holding a copy of Bradshaw's guide. pic.twitter.com/aFfpJe81Ju
— Michael Portillo (@portilloandhen) March 3, 2016
The Couple Does Not Have any Children
Even though Carolyn Eadie and Michael Portillo have been married for over four decades, they have no children together. Some reports indicate that this is a result of a health issue Carolyn had shortly after she got married to Michael. Two years into their marriage, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Because of that, she had a mastectomy which reportedly took away her and her husband’s dream of becoming parents someday. Regardless, their love for each other has flourished through the years and they have a happy home.
What Does Carolyn Eadie Do for a Living?
Michael Portillo’s wife is a businesswoman. According to multiple reports, she has done well for herself as an entrepreneur. But then, she has kept a low profile which has made it hard to give details of her accomplishments as a businesswoman.
Carolyn Eadie has always lived her life away from the spotlight. She is not interested in sharing the limelight with her husband and is contended to be in the background. This is why what she does for a living has remained sketchy to the public.
However, it has been reported in some quarters that she works with Spencer Stuart in London as a Senior Executive Recruitment Consultant. Away from her career, she has been a supportive wife to her husband. She has been seen several times at political events with him.