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Overview (5)

Born in New Delhi, British India
Died in UK  (bladder cancer)
Birth NameJeremy John Durham Ashdown
Nicknames Action Man
Paddy Pantsdown
Paddy Backdown
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paddy Ashdown was born on February 27, 1941 in New Delhi, British India as Jeremy John Durham Ashdown. He was married to Jane Courtenay. He died on December 22, 2018 in the UK.

Spouse (1)

Jane Courtenay (1962 - 22 December 2018) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (4)

[1988-1999] Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party. He was made a life peer on his retirement from the House of Commons in 2001.
He was awarded Knighthood of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to politics.
He was was awarded the GCMG (Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George) before being awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire and awarded the Member of the Companion of Honour in the 2015 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to public and political service. He lives in Norton Sub Hamdon, Somerset, England.
European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the 27th May 2002 until the 31st January 2006.

Personal Quotes (12)

I've had much nastier things said about me in the British press than in the Bosnian press.
The major burden of guilt is on the Serbs, and they have to acknowledge it, just as the Germans acknowledged it.
[Brexit] God help this Country.
The Guardian feels like a jilted lover. It hates the Liberal Democrats. The Guardian feels personally betrayed because for the very first time it gave the Liberal Democrats its support and what did we do? We went off with the Tories. But what else would you have done in the circumstances?
It spoils my whole afternoon that I haven't been prime minister. Hahahahahaha!
Me, an awkward bastard? Listen, I'm a quiet little herbivore. Aren't all Liberals nice, cuddly, herbivorous creatures on the border of politics? Hahahaha! You're such a shit; you go and interview my wife and use it against me.
Look, nobody wants to go into politics and do it at a high level without wanting to do it at the highest level. If you are leader of a party, what d'you want to do? You want to be prime minister. 'Course you do.
[on being unemployed for 18 months] We were down to our last 100 quid, and I said to Jane: 'What should we do?' And we said: 'Let's send the kids for a holiday to some friends in Switzerland.'
Would you like some salmon? [Interviewer: Paddy, it's 9.15 am. Bit early.] Not if you didn't have dinner last night!
Sarajevo is one of the greatest cities in the world. I speak Bosnian, and there's a great Bosnian saying: 'It's easy to beat thorn bushes with other people's pricks.' I said to Nick [Clegg] it will make an excellent motto for the coalition.
Best slogan of the day: End May in June.
Obama smokes too, or certainly did. Not that I'm saying there's any connection between us [himself and Nick Clegg] and Obama.

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