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Jemima Khan

Jemima Khan

Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith

Born January 30, 1974 (1974-01-30) (age 36)
Westminster Hospital, London, England

Nationality British

University of Bristol
Alma mater
SOAS, University of London

Known for Socialite, Writer

Religion Islam (formerly Protestant)

Spouse(s) Imran Khan (1995 - 2004)

Partner Hugh Grant (2004 - 2007)

Jemima Marcelle Khan (née Goldsmith; born 30 January 1974) is an English socialite, who
has worked as a charity fundraiser and contributing writer for British newspapers and magazines.
Khan first garnered notice in the United Kingdom as a young heiress, the daughter of Lady
Annabel and James Goldsmith, who converted to Islam and married the retired Pakistani
cricketer Imran Khan in 1995, with whom she had two sons in the 1990s before they divorced in
2004. For the next three years, from 2004 to 2007, Khan gained worldwide media attention for
her romantic relationship with British film star Hugh Grant.

• 1 Early life and education
• 2 Marriage with Imran Khan
• 3 Relationship with Hugh Grant
• 4 Commentary and other writings
• 5 Charity and other works
• 6 Social and personal life
• 7 References
• 8 External links

Early life and education

Born in London's Westminster Hospital as Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith, Khan is the eldest child
of Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart and Anglo-French financier Sir James Goldsmith. Her
parents started a polyamorous relationship in 1964 while they were married to different partners,
but in 1978, the two married for the sole purpose of legitimizing their children.[1] She has two
younger brothers, Zac and Ben, as well as five paternal and three maternal half-siblings,
including Robin and India Jane Birley.[2]
Khan grew up at Ormeley Lodge while attending the Old Vicarage preparatory school and
Francis Holland School. Between the ages of ten and seventeen she was an accomplished
equestrian in London.[1] Khan enrolled at the University of Bristol in 1993 and dropped out to get
married in 1995, but eventually submitted her dissertation in March 2002 for a class 2:1
bachelor's degree in English.[3] She later completed an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS,
University of London, majoring in Modern Trends in Islam.[4]
Marriage with Imran Khan
At 21, Jemima Goldsmith married the 42-year old retired Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan on 16
May 1995 in a two-minute Islamic ceremony in Paris.[5] The couple later participated in a civil
ceremony on 21 June at the Richmond Register Office,[6] which was followed by a midsummer
ball at Ormeley Lodge.[7] Upon her marriage and subsequent move to Lahore, while her husband
pursued politics, Khan underwent what she later called a reinvention.[8] Raised a Protestant,[3] she
converted to Islam a few months before her wedding,[2] citing the writings of Muhammad Asad,
Gai Eaton, and Alija Izetbegović as her influences.[9] She also learned to speak Urdu and wore
traditional Pakistani clothes. In 2008, she wrote that she "over-conformed in [her] eagerness to
be accepted" into the "new and radically different culture" of Pakistan.[8]
While married, Khan and Imran spent four months each year in the UK and she gave birth to her
sons at London's Portland hospital.[10] In 1999, in an accusation believed to be politically
motivated, Khan was charged in Pakistan with the non-bailable crime of illegally exporting tiles
claimed to be centuries-old antiques of the Islamic era. She stayed with her mother for a year due
to fear of incarceration[11] and returned to Pakistan only after the case was dropped following
General Pervez Musharraf's military coup.[12] She returned to UK full-time in 2002. After Khan
decided that she could not settle in Pakistan, her divorce from Imran Khan was announced on 22
June 2004.[13] She later recalled, "I now think, my God, I mean, how did I live five years with
Imran’s whole family, who I was very close to? I mean, I really liked and respected them, but
obviously, they lived very, very differently."[14]
Relationship with Hugh Grant
In 2004, Khan became involved in a romantic relationship with movie star Hugh Grant. She
gained a new level of fame during the three years she and Grant were partners. A 2005 article in
the Evening Standard magazine noted that while "Jemima's profile" was high since her first
marriage, it was "soaring since she became involved with Hugh Grant".[15] As he was followed
relentlessly by the paparazzi and featured in print and television media worldwide, Khan's
relationship with Grant was scrutinized extensively by the tabloids.[14] A survey of visitors to
London in 2005 showed that Khan and Grant were the couple with whom a majority of visitors
wanted to travel the city.[16] In 2007, Khan accompanied Grant on the red carpet at the London
and New York premieres of his movie Music and Lyrics. After three years of the high profile
romance, in February 2007, Grant announced that the couple had "decided to split amicably".[17]
Grant's spokesman added: "Hugh has nothing but positive things to say about Jemima."[17]
Commentary and other writings
Khan has contributed op-eds to England's newspapers and magazines such as The Independent,
The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard.[18][19][20] In 2008, she interviewed Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf for The Independent.[21] She was a Sunday Telegraph columnist from
21 October 2007 to 27 January 2008.[22] Khan has also written feature articles and been a
contributing editor for British Vogue.
Charity and other works
Khan is a supporter of Soil Association,[23] the Quilliam Foundation, and children's charities like
HOPING foundation.[24] In 1998, she launched an eponymous fashion label that employed poor
Pakistani women to embroider western clothes with eastern handiwork[25] to be sold in London
and New York.[26][27] Profits were donated to the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital but
the company was closed in 2001.[27] In 2008, she modeled the relaunched Azzaro Courture
fragrance and was a guest co-designer of a Spring 2009 collection for Azzaro, with her fee
reportedly donated to UNICEF.[28][29]
Khan became an Ambassador for UNICEF UK in 2001 and went on field trips to Kenya,
Romania, Bangladesh and Pakistan, where she helped victims of the 2005 earthquake by raising
emergency funds. She has promoted UNICEF's Breastfeeding Manifesto,[30] Growing Up
Alone[31] and End Child Exploitation campaigns in the UK.[32][33] In 2001, she set up the Jemima
Khan Afghan Refugee Appeal to provide tents, clothing, food, and healthcare for Afghan
refugees at Jalozai camp in Peshawar.[34][35] In 2007, Khan set up the Free Pakistan Movement.
She, her family and friends, participated in three demonstrations outside Downing Street to
protest the state of emergency in Pakistan, during which her ex-husband was incarcerated.[36]
Social and personal life
As voted by readers of the Daily Telegraph, she won the Rover People's Award for the best
dressed female celebrity at the 2001 British Fashion Awards.[26] Khan was featured on Vanity
Fair's Annual International Best-Dressed List in 2004, 2005 and 2007.[37] Khan is known to be
shy,[10][38] modest, stylish, and levelheaded,[39][40] with her ex-husband describing her as "very
shy".[41] She has called herself a "lifelong coward"[42] who has a "a chronic inability to make up
my mind".[43]
Khan has two sons from her marriage with Imran Khan, Sulaiman Isa (born 1996) and Kasim
(born 1999), and because she wants to have the same last name as her children, she goes by
Jemima Khan.[44] On 29 December 2000, Khan and her family were on a British Airways jet to
Kenya that was temporarily knocked off course and dived thousands of feet, after a passenger
tried to seize controls in the cockpit.[45] Her mother later said, "Jemima was frightened of flying
even before the incident; she's petrified [now]".[46]
1. ^ a b Goldsmith, Annabel (2004). Annabel: An Unconventional Life: The Memoirs of Lady
Annabel Goldsmith. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-297-82966-1.
2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Person Page 5917:Sir James Goldsmith". Retrieved 2007-09-28.
3. ^ a b "The real Jemima Khan". Despardes.
Retrieved 2006-06-05.
4. ^ "Quilliam Foundation Launch". 2002-04-22.
Retrieved 2008-06-05.
5. ^ "Imran and Jemima married in Paris". The Times. 1995-05-17.
6. ^ Rosser, Nigel (1995-06-20). "Jemima arrives 12 minutes late for wedding No2". The Evening
7. ^ Bruce, Rory (1995-06-21). "Blinis, Bolly and Brass bands for Jemima". The Evening Standard.
8. ^ a b Khan, Jemima (2008-08-10). "My grandfather's secret". London: The Times.
Retrieved 2008-10-05.
9. ^ Khan, Jemima (1995-05-28). "Why I chose Islam". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
10.^ a b Khan, Sairah Irshad (November 2002). ""I think the world of politics is pretty sleazy."".
Newsline. Retrieved 2007-
11.^ Hasnain, Ghulam (1999-10-17). "Coup paves way for Jemima's return". The Sunday Times.
12.^ "Pakistani court exonerates Jemima Khan". BBC. 2000-04-05. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
13.^ "Imran Khan and Jemima divorce". BBC. 2004-06-22. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
14.^ a b "Life lessons". London: Times Online. 2005-11-12. p. 24. Retrieved 2007-10-
15.^ Radcliffe, Rebecca (2005-11-25). "Jemima's Jumble sale". London: Evening Standard. Retrieved 2007-10-
16.^ "Celebrities reveal their London". BBC. 2005-04-19. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
17.^ a b "Hugh Grant splits with girlfriend Jemima Khan". Reuters. 2007-02-16. Retrieved 2007-02-24.
18.^ Khan, Jemima (2008-09-07). "Mad and bad – but the West will turn a blind eye". The
ndash-but-the-west-will-turn-a-blind-eye-921544.html?startindex=60. Retrieved 2008-11-05.
19.^ Khan, Jemima (2003-04-02). "I am angry and ashamed to be British". The Independent.
be-british-593083.html. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
20.^ Khan, Jemima (2008-02-18). "The Politics of paranoia". The Independent.
paranoia-783560.html. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
21.^ Khan, Jemima (2008-02-17). "An extraordinary encounter with Musharraf". The Independent.
783388.html. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
22.^ "Telegraph: Jemima Khan". The Daily Telegraph.
edChannels=Ultratravel. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
23.^ "The Feast of Albion - committee". Quintessentially Events. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
24.^ "Karaoke with the stars in aid of HOPING" (PDF). HOPING Foundation. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
25.^ Menkes, Suzy (1998-09-01). "Jemima Khan: Shining Through". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
26.^ a b Robson, Julia (2001-02-23). "The best dressed". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved
27.^ a b Laville, Sandra (2001-12-06). "Jemima Khan closes fashion label". The Daily Telegraph.
fashion-label.html. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
28.^ Mann, Rebecca (2008-06-13). "Parfums Azzaro creates a new way to wear Couture". Moodie
International Ltd.
Retrieved 2008-07-05.
29.^ Mann, Rebecca (2008-06-13). "Fashion scoop: Temporary star". Retrieved 2008-06-24.
30.^ "Protect breastfeeding in the UK". UNICEF UK.
page=76&nodeid=campaign_subpage76. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
31.^ Alleyne, Richard (2001-06-21). "Jemima Khan joins Unicef campaign for war orphans". Daily
campaign-for-war-orphans.html. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
32.^ "The horror of child trafficking". BBC. 2003-07-30. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
33.^ "Jemima's child labour campaign". BBC. 2005-02-21. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
34.^ Khan, Jemima (2001-04-08). "The camp is a vast dump.". Sunday Telegraph.
35.^ Hafeez, Assad (2004-04-03). "Integrating health care for mothers and children in refugee
camps and at district level".
artid=383387. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
36.^ Lewis, Jason (2007-11-11). "Jemima Khan joins Pakistan protest - and mum Lady Annabel
lends a hand". The Mail on Sunday.
Khan-joins-Pakistan-protest--mum-Lady-Annabel-lends-hand.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
37.^ "The 68th Annual International Best-Dressed List". Vanity Fair. 2007-09-01. p. 290.
ISSN 07338899.
38.^ Manley, Debbie (2004-11-14). "VIP: Jemima Khan". The People. p. 12.
39.^ MacSweeney, Eve (2007-02-01). "Reluctant Romeo". Vogue. pp. 232–37. ISSN 00428000.
40.^ Bruce, Rory Knight (1995-05-18). "Jemima, Imran and a Londonderry legacy". Evening
Standard. pp. 16–17.
41.^ Jones, Liz (2005-10-31). "I do want Jemima to be happy for her sake and for my children's".
Evening Standard. p. 18.
42.^ Khan, Jemima (2000-12-31). "Nightmare Aboard Flight BA2069". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
43.^ Khan, Jemima (2008-05-01). "Spoilt for Choice". Vogue. ISSN 00428000.
44.^ Gerard, Jasper (2005-03-15). "Interview: Jasper Gerard meets Jemima Khan". London: The
Times. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
45.^ "BA jet plunges in cockpit struggle". BBC. 2000-12-29. Retrieved 2007-10-08.
46.^ Helliker, Adam (2001-06-03). "Lady Annabel's Gift". The Sunday Telegraph.

External links
• Jemima Khan on Twitter
• UNICEF UK Ambassador Jemima Khan, official homepage at
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