Mark Kermode Biography

Mark James Patrick Kermode is an English journalist, film critic, and musician. He is The Observer’s top film reviewer, writes for Sight & Sound, broadcasts Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema on BBC Four, co-hosts Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live, and previously co-hosted the BBC Two arts program The Culture Show. Kermode is a member of the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). Kermode plays double bass with the Dodge Brothers, a skiffle band in which he was a founding member.

How old is Mark Kermode? – Age

Kermode was born on July 2, 1963, in New York City.

Where did Mark Kermode go to school? – Education

He was a student at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire, a private boys’ school, where he met comedians Sacha Baron Cohen and David Baddiel and actor Jason Isaacs. With a thesis on horror literature, he got his Ph.D. in English from the University of Manchester in 1991.

Mark Kermode – Family

He was born in the town of Barnet, Hertfordshire. He was raised as a Methodist before converting to the Church of England. While his parents divorced when he was in his early twenties, he changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name by deed poll.

Kermode Wife

Linda Ruth Williams, a film lecturer at the University of Exeter, is Kermode’s wife. From October to November 2004, they co-curated a History of Horror Film season and exhibition at the National Film Theatre in London. Kermode and Williams have a daughter and a son.

Mark Kermode The BBC journalist
Mark Kermode The BBC journalist

What is Kermode Salary?

Kermode’s pay isn’t disclosed.

Kermode Net Worth

Kermode’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 and $5 million.


Film reiewer

Kermode began his career in the film business as a print journalist, first for City Life in Manchester, then for Time Out and the NME in London. He’s also written for The Independent, Vox, Empire, Flicks, Fangoria, and Neon, among others. In 1993, he began working for BBC Radio 1 as a film reviewer on Mark Radcliffe’s Graveyard Shift show, where he had a weekly slot called Cult Film Corner. Later, he joined Simon Mayo’s morning show on BBC Radio 1. On Tuesday nights, he and Mary Anne Hobbs co-hosted Cling Film on Radio 1, a film review show. From February 1992 to October 1993, he was the regular film critic on BBC Radio 5’s Morning Edition with Danny Baker. Since 2001, Kermode has co-hosted the BBC Radio 5 Live show Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, where he reviews and debates new films alongside Mayo. The show won Gold in the Speech Award category at the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards on May 11, 2009.

Kermode is a visiting fellow at Southampton University in the United Kingdom.
He’s also worked on documentaries including The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist, Hell on Earth: The Desecration and Resurrection of Ken Russell’s The Devils, Blade Runner: The Edge, and The Cult of the Wicker Man, among others.
Until September 2005, Kermode contributed weekly film reviews to the New Statesman. Until September 2005, Kermode contributed weekly film reviews to the New Statesman. Since 2009, Kermode has been authoring “Mark Kermode’s DVD round-up,” a weekly review of new releases for The Observer. He occasionally writes to the British Film Institute’s Sight and Sound publication. He is a film critic and host for Film4 and Channel 4, where he hosts the weekly Extreme Cinema strand. He co-hosts BBC News at Five’s The Film Review with Gavin Esler and makes and broadcasts documentaries for Channel 4. Kermode delivers a “Kermode Awards” section on BBC Two’s The Culture Show every year, in which he presents statuettes to actors and directors who were not nominated for Academy Awards that year. In 2002, Kermode chastised the UK’s film censor, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), for its changes to the 1972 film The Last House on the Left.

In 2008, the BBFC granted permission for the film to be re-released uncut. He has also stated that the BBFC performs an outstanding job in a tough situation and that he agrees with their decisions. In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll, Kermode named his top ten films like The Exorcist, A Matter of Life and Death, The Devils, It’s a Wonderful Life,Don’t Look Now, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mary Poppins, Brazil, Eyes Without a Face, and The Seventh Seal, a collection he later published in order of preference in his book Hatchet Job. William Friedkin, Terry Gilliam, and Ken Russell are among his favorite filmmakers. In September 2013, Kermode took over as the Observer’s chief cinema reviewer.

There was a second season, as well as specials on Disaster Movies, Christmas, and Oscar Winners.

In 2019, Kermode conducted a movie soundtrack-themed show on Scala Radio, a classical radio station. Kermode prepares an annual “best-of-the-year” film list that summarizes his critical preferences.


Kermode has been frequent on BBC Two’s The Culture Show as a presenter. He has been on Newsnight Review on a regular basis. Werner Herzog was shot with an air gun during a 2006 interview with Kermode on The Culture Show in Los Angeles.

Herzog seemed unfazed, later saying it wasn’t a serious bullet and he had no fear. On May 19, 2007, he appeared on the show, performing with The Dodge Brothers, a skiffle band in which he plays the double bass. Kermode and former Blue Peter broadcaster Caron Keating co-hosted the BBC Radio 5 afternoon magazine show A Game of Two Halves in the early 1990s. On January 1, 2012, Kermode made a cameo appearance as himself in the BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous revival. Kermode began a twice-weekly video blog on the BBC website in April 2008, in which he examined films and related tales. At the end of 2018, he retired the podcast for its tenth anniversary, with special episodes focusing on his greatest and least favorite films from the preceding decade.

Tommy, The Devils, The Ninth Configuration, The Wicker Man, and Becket (with Peter O’Toole) are among Kermode’s DVD audio commentary. He also appears in the Lost in La Mancha DVD extras, where he interviews Terry Gilliam, and in the Pan’s Labyrinth DVD features, where he interviews Guillermo del Toro on the film, which he has termed a masterpiece.

Kermode has authored books on The Exorcist and The Shawshank Redemption for the BFI’s Modern Classics series, and his documentary for Channel 4, Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature, is included on the film’s 10th-anniversary special edition DVD.

Kermode has a familial connection to the Isle of Man, and as a result, he is involved in Manx culture and the arts.

As a result, he has hosted a number of presentations on the island, including An Evening with Mark Kermode at Ballakermeen High School. He’s also a part of the Isle of Man Film Festival, which takes place every year.


Kermode was a member of The Railtown Bottlers, a skiffle/rockabilly band, in the early 1990s. The Railtown Bottlers were also the house band on Danny Baker, After All, a BBC show where he played alongside Madness lead vocalist Suggs for a season commencing in 1993. He formed The Dodge Brothers, a skiffle quartet where he played double bass, in 2001.

Kermode Prizes

Kermode supports the Phoenix Cinema’s charitable trust in North London, which was his favorite cinema as a kid in East Finchley. The tenth-anniversary episode of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review was presented as part of the venue’s reopening celebrations in 2010.

In 2013, the Isle of Man Arts Council designated Kermode an Island of Culture Patron.

In 2016, Kermode received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Winchester.

In 2018, Kermode was appointed Honorary Professor of Film Studies at the University of Exeter.

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