Matthew d'Ancona was born in London in 1968. He gained a First in History at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was elected a Fellow of All Souls College in 1989.
He joined The Times as a trainee in 1991, worked as a news reporter, education correspondent and leader writer, and was appointed Assistant Editor at the age of 26. His disclosure of the Anglo-Irish framework document in 1995 was hailed as one of the biggest and most controversial scoops of the decade.
He joined The Sunday Telegraph in 1996 as number three on the paper and its political columnist. In 1998, he became Deputy Editor.
He was Political Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards, 2004. Before that, he was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Prize for journalism in 1994.
He is a member of the Millennium Commission, a director of the Centre for Policy Studies, member of the Social Market Foundation's policy advisory board, and a member of the board of Index on Censorship.
His two books on the origins of Christianity, co-authored by the late Carsten Thiede, were both international bestsellers and the subject of television documentaries. His first novel, Going East, was published to international acclaim in 2003. His second, Tabatha's Code, is published this May.
He is married to Sarah Schaefer, Europe Director at the Foreign Policy Centre, and has two young sons, Zac and Teddy. They live in East London. Matthew is currently Editor of The Spectator.