Michael Portillo was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England as Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo to Luis Gabriel Portillo Pérez (18 March 1907-1993) and Cora (née Blyth) (1919-2014). He is a writer, known for Great American Railroad Journeys (2016), Christianity: A History (2009) and The Sitcom Story (2003). A Former British Conservative MP. He retired from politics in 2005 to pursue a career in the media. He has been married to Carolyn Claire Eadie since February 12, 1982.