24 Facts About Carrie Symonds


Carrie Symonds is married to Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Carrie Symonds remains a senior advisor to the ocean conservation charity Oceana.

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Caroline Louise Beavan Carrie Symonds was born on 17 March 1988 to Matthew Carrie Symonds, co-founder of The Independent, and Josephine McAfee, a lawyer working for that newspaper.

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Carrie Symonds was the result of an affair between her parents, who were both married to other people at the time.

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Carrie Symonds went to the University of Warwick to study Art History and Theatre Studies, graduating as BA in 2009.

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Carrie Symonds originally planned to become an actor, and unsuccessfully auditioned for the 2007 film Atonement.

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Carrie Symonds worked at Conservative Campaign Headquarters, and later campaigned for Boris Johnson in the 2010 London Conservative Party mayoral selection.

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Carrie Symonds has worked as a media special adviser for Conservative Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid and John Whittingdale .

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Carrie Symonds was present when Whittingdale and others launched Conservative Friends of Russia and has attended several of its meetings.

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Carrie Symonds became the Conservative Party's head of communications in 2018, but left the position later that year, taking up a job in public relations for the Oceana project.

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Carrie Symonds is a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.

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Carrie Symonds later recalled Worboys offering her champagne and vodka, which she believed was spiked and, after returning home, began "vomiting and laughing hysterically before passing out until 3pm the next day".

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Carrie Symonds was one of fourteen women who testified against Worboys at his trial.

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Carrie Symonds was the youngest of Worboys's victims, and waived her anonymity to talk about her experiences and, later, to campaign against his early release, fundraising for a successful judicial review of the decision.

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Carrie Symonds was previously in a relationship with British political journalist Harry Cole.

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Carrie Symonds began an affair with British politician Boris Johnson, then Foreign Secretary, in 2018 while he was still married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler.

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In July 2019, Johnson became prime minister and both he and Carrie Symonds officially moved into the flat above 11 Downing Street.

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Carrie Symonds was the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to reside at Downing Street.

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Carrie Symonds was influential in making sure that Lee Cain did not get a job as the prime minister's chief of staff, and urged Boris Johnson to fire environment secretary George Eustice from his role.

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Carrie Symonds was additionally involved in a political controversy over the refurbishment of the 11 Downing Street flat, and her comments over the flat's decor being a "John Lewis furniture nightmare" led to accusations of snobbery.

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Cummings later said in 2021 that Carrie Symonds acted "illegally" in awarding influential jobs to her friends, including press secretary Allegra Stratton.

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Carrie Symonds used to be a practising Catholic and had her son baptised into the Catholic Church.

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Carrie Symonds married Boris Johnson on 29 May 2021 in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral attended by thirty guests.

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Carrie Symonds wore a boho-chic style bridal gown by Greek designer Christos Costarellos.

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