Terry Deary Author Profile
Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.
Terry’s father (Bill) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father’s butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.
Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter.
Terry didn’t start writing until he was 29. In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction, his most famous being the Horrible Histories series. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.
His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children’s Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .
Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland.
Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level..
In his spare time Terry is a road runner and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.