Annie Tempest

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Anne Tempest (b. 22 August 1959)[1] better known as Annie Tempest is a British artist and cartoonist initially known for her popular cartoon strip The Yuppies which ran for seven years in the Daily Mail and now for her acclaimed cartoon strip Tottering-by-Gently which has graced the pages of Country Life magazine since 1993.


Annie Tempest was born the second of five children.[2] Her father was the second son of the Tempests of Broughton Hall, and she was born in Zambia.[3] When she was two, her family came back to England.[3] In 1970, her father inherited the Broughton Hall estate in Yorkshire from his brother, and she draws on her memories of Broughton Hall in the Tottering By Gently comic strip.[3] She has also said that Lord Tottering is modeled on her father Henry,[3] and Lady Tottering is partly modeled on herself.[4] The 3,000 acre Broughton Hall estate is now run by her brother Roger,[5] who is the oldest son of her father.[2]

Annie Tempest married the composer James McConnel in 1991; they had a son (Freddy) and a daughter (Daisy).[2] They divorced in 2006.[3] Both her children feature in the Tottering-by-Gently comic strip as grandchildren of Lord and Lady Tottering.[3] Freddy died of a heroin overdose in 2011 at the age of 18, and Annie Tempest has said that she intends to retain him in the comic strip, but that he will remain 18.[3]


Her cartoon strip The Yuppies, which ran for seven years in the Daily Mail, led to her being recognized by The Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain as "Strip Cartoonist of the year".[6]

Tottering-by-Gently prints, books and products are sold throughout the UK and she has had a number of exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

In 2009, the Cartoon Art Trust awarded Tempest the Pont Award for her portrayal of the British character.[7]


  1. "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 22 August 2014. p. 43. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rhodes, Michael (8 July 2004). "Tempest family update". Retrieved 30 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Stanford, Peter (22 November 2011). "Annie Tempest: 'Pete Doherty and my son were sick'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Harding, Louette (3 April 2010). "'I've based my career on the family pile': Annie Tempest tells us what inspired her acclaimed cartoon strip". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 May 2013. I know her so well because she’s partly me.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "My Yorkshire: Roger Tempest". Yorkshire Post. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Tempest, Annie. Tottering Life. Frances Lincoln Limited, 2012, p. 5.
  7. Tempest, Annie. Out and About with The Totterings. Frances Lincoln Limited, 2010, p. 5.