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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, on 3 January 1946 (aged 75) and now lives in County Durham, in the North-East of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter and (his favourite job) Country Music singer. He still acts on stage and TV and his work includes parts in British movies "Risen" (2010) and “Plan Z” (2014). He also performs 'The Terry Deary History Roadshow' around Britain - an entertainment with songs and stories for family audiences.

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale he'd created so he turned it into a collection of 'Theatre-in-Education projects (Teaching through Theatre' published by Samuel French 1977) and then his first children's novel ("The Custard Kidpublished by A&C Black 1978). 

In 44 years as an author he has written for TV, theatre, radio, audio, movie and new media scripts as well as designing heritage and museum exhibitions.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA and  RTS awards. In February 2011 and again 2012 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. In October 2014 Terry's "Horrible Histories - Villainous Victorians" book was named in the "Sunday Times" in the list of 100 Modern Children's Classics. It was the only non-fiction book to appear in the list.

A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout Britain, Australia, the Middle East and the Far East (2006 - 2019). "Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain" play is also staged  in London's West End each summer while "Horrible Histories - Terrible Thames" is opening to vistors on a river Thames cruise in 2021. 

Therry's other theatre work in 2021/2 includes "True Ghost Stories" and "Terry Deary's Twisted Tales" on tour with The National Production Company.

'Horrible Histories - Rotten Romans: The Movie' was released in Summer 2019 with Terry appearing in a small role.

His next projects are with television companies to adapt his adult history scripts into a TV series.  

In September 2014 his book 'Horrible Histories - Measly Middle Ages' was read by 426 parents and children together at Warwick Castle to set a new record for 'The Guinness Book of Records'.

His "Horrible Histories - Pirates" featured in a Maritime Museum Exhibition in Sydney, and arrived at in Portsmouth in 2019. Australia, in 2015/16 and his play "The Macbeth Curse" toured Britain with Prime Theatre Company in 2016 and his First World War play, 'The 11th Hour", in 2018.  

His charity work includes being patron of 'Single Homeless Action in Durham' (SHAID) and the CLIC Sargent children's cancer appeal. In 2011 he ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall in 6 days and ended with the Great North Run on the Sunday to make a total of 101 miles. That effort raised £8000 for a children's charity

In 2011 his novel "Put out the light" was nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal and won the Sheffield Books Award.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles, which he's done 21 times. See the videos he made HERE. He iswriting the script for a Documentary Feature Film to commemorate the 40th running of the Great North Run in 2021. 

 In December 2016 he competed in 'Celebrity Mastermind' on BBC1 and won. Terry's prize money went to the SHAID charity. 

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