Is Michael Portillo married? Railway Journeys presenter is still with his childhood sweetheart!

Since Michael Portillo retired from politics in 2005, the former Conservative MP has taken up a more leisurely career path.

In 2010, Michael commence his celebrated series, Great British Railway Journeys, following the British railway networks according to an 1840s copy of Bradshaw’s Guide. It has since spawned plenty of spinoffs, where Michael travels across different countries using old railway guides. And this year, Michael is heading on one of his biggest journeys yet.

Earlier this year, in January, we were presented Great Asian Railways Journeys. With this show, we saw Michael travel across China and South East Asia. Now Michael is back with Great Continental Railway Journeys, which kicks off on Wednesday, July 29th. It will see Michael head across Europe, armed with a 1936 edition of Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide.

As Michael ventures off alone, many fans of the show have wondered about whether the presenter is married. Here’s what you need to know!

Carolyn Portillo, Hilary Mantel and Michael Portillo attend a drinks reception at the Man Booker Prize Winner Ceremony at The Guildhall on October 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Is Michael Portillo married?


The 66-year-old presenter and former politician has been married to Carolyn Eadie since 1982. They wed on February 12th.

According to Michael’s biography, the pair met at school. As Michael went to Harrow County grammar school (which was solely for boys), it is assumed that they met at another school as children.


Carolyn is a senior executive recruitment consultant in the City of London, with Spencer Stuart.

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The two have been incredibly public with their relationship thanks to Michael’s position in the public eye.

While Michael was in politics, Carolyn stood with him in every event.

When he retired after the 2005 General Election, Michael and Carolyn’s duties in politics did not cease. They have been spotted together at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher and attending events together.

It’s a shame Carolyn can’t come on Michael’s cross-country adventures, though!

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Michael Portillo sighting during the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, on April 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/FilmMagic)

Do the Portillos have children?

No. From what we’ve found, neither Michael nor Carolyn have children.

This is largely in part to an operation Carolyn had after battling breast cancer two years after their wedding.




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