Michael Portillo was born in 1953 and is a British journalist, broadcaster, and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister.
Portillo was a Member of Parliament for most of the period 1984-2005, and held three positions in the Cabinet.
Since leaving politics he has turned to writing and broadcasting. He has made a number of television documentaries, mainly for the BBC, on subjects as diverse as his own father, Richard Wagner, Queen Elizabeth I, Horatio Nelson and the hyacinth macaw.
He appears weekly on This Week on BBC1 with fellow presenters Andrew Neil and Diane Abbott MP. Michael has written regularly for The Sunday Times on current affairs and for the New Statesman on theatre.
He has been a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize BBC4 and Whitbread book prizes and was the chair of the judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2008.