Camilla Elizabeth Long
18 June 1978
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
|Parent(s)||Richard Pelham Long, MBA;|
Roslyn, daughter of
Capt Gordon Britton CBE RN
|Relatives||Earl of Lincoln; |
Camilla is descended from the aristocratic Clinton family (Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle (1785-1851), an ancestor through her paternal grandmother), while her father, Richard Pelham Long, a great-grandson of Lord Charles Clinton MP, is one of the closest living relations of the last Duke of Newcastle who died in 1988.
In January 2012, Long interviewed the actor Michael Fassbender. Her opening question referred to the large size of the actor's penis ("That's kind of you to say", he replied). A section of Long's article was read to Fassbender in a subsequent interview for GQ magazine, including Long's statement that she was "quite certain that [Fassbender] would willingly show me his penis, given slightly different circumstances and a bucket of champagne," prompting Fassbender to respond that "I don't think I would touch her with a barge pole!"
In 2013 she won the Hatchet Job of the Year award for a piece on Rachel Cusk's divorce memoir Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation published in March 2012; Long had previously been nominated the year before. In July 2013 Long succeeded Cosmo Landesman as film critic for The Sunday Times.
In March 2015 Long received criticism for referring to Thanet as "a small nodule of erupted spleen at the eastern edge of England". In April 2015 Long appeared on the BBC's Have I Got News for You and was asked to justify such defamatory comments about South Thanet, the constituency where Nigel Farage, then UKIP leader, was standing for election. UKIP registered a complaint with Kent Police but no further action was taken.