Born in 1963, Toby Young was educated at William Ellis and Brasenose College, Oxford.
In 1991, he co-founded The Modern Review with Julie Burchill and went on to edit it for four years, an experience that was chronicled in the recent BBC documentary "When Toby Met Julie".
For the past five years, he has worked as a drama critic for the Spectator and last year he and his fellow critic, Lloyd Evans, wrote a sex farce called "Who's The Daddy?" about the various scandals that beset the magazine in 2004. It was acclaimed as "Best New Comedy" in the 2005 Theatregoers'
He has written two books: "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People", a memoir about his failure to take Manhattan, and "The Sound of No Hands Clapping", a follow-up about his equally unsuccessful efforts to make it in Hollywood.
He lives in Shepherd's Bush with his wife and two children.