Lauren Booth, is a British journalist, TV presenter,
and human rights
activist. She is sister of wife of Tony
Blair, Britain's former Prime Minister.
She was born and grew up in North London. Booth is a half-sister of Cherie
Blair (wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair) and
the sixth daughter of actor Tony Booth. She trained as an actress at the London
Academy of Performing Arts spending several years
touring Europe with various, regional, theatre companies.
In 1997, she entered journalism. Her earliest writing experiences were with the
London Evening Standard, writing the column ‘About Town’.
In 1999, she began to write for the political magazine, the New Statesman, where
she remained for four years. At the same time, she began
writing columns and features for The Mail on Sunday as a columnist. Booth was a
writer for the New Statesman and The Mail on Sunday.
During her time as a writer with The Mail on Sunday, she was sent to report on
the 2005 Palestinian elections.
She was a vocal opponent of the Iraq War giving speeches at many rallies
against the invasion.
In August 2008 she traveled to Gaza by ship from Cyprus, along with 46 other
activists, to highlight the blockade of the Gaza Strip and
deliver hearing aids and balloons to a school for the deaf in Gaza. She was
subsequently refused entry into both Israel and Egypt.
During her visit, she received a Palestinian VIP passport from Hamas Prime
Minister Ismail Haniya. Booth left Gaza through the Rafah Border Crossing
into Egypt on 20 September 2008. In 2009, she returned to Gaza with the aid
convoy Viva Palestina, set up by the British politician George Galloway. Since
2012 she has returned on several occasions as the Chair of Trustees with the
charity she co-founded, Peace Trail, delivering assistance to students and
families in the region.
In 2010, Booth converted to Islam after marrying Sohale Ahmed a practicing