Alastair Campbell’s daughter foreswears politics in Fringe gig

Feminist campaigner and stand-up Grace Campbell with her father Alastair. Picture: Ken McKay/Shutterstock
Feminist campaigner and stand-up Grace Campbell with her father Alastair. Picture: Ken McKay/Shutterstock

As the daughter of arguably Britain’s best-known spin doctor, Grace Campbell has been immersed in the world of politics ever since she was born a quarter of a century ago.

Now she is hoping to take the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by storm by exploring why the UK’s current political system is so broken.

A year after launching a career as a stand-up, the daughter of Tony Blair’s most trusted confidant, Alastair Campbell, will be at the Gilded Balloon with a show entitled Why I’m Never Going Into Politics.

The 25-year-old performer, filmmaker and activist will discuss how her Westminster upbringing left her determined to steer clear of mainstream politics by the time she was a teenager. Campbell has already made her name as co-founder of the feminist activist group The Pink Protest, which is aimed at helping to build “a global movement of young people who want to change the world”.

Campbell had been dabbling in writing comedy since she was 19, but it was not until she made her TV debut a year ago – on a hidden camera feminist prank show for Channel 4 – that she harboured notions of performing live on stage. She said: “It was only when I was making Riot that I realised how much of a bug I had for performing.

“As soon as I started doing stand-up I instantly thought: ‘Oh my god, this is so for me.’

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