Is J.K. Rowling married? Yes, she is. Her husband’s name is Neil Murray (born 30 June 1971) who is a Scottish doctor by profession. Their wedding took place on 26 December 2001, at her home, Killiechassie House in Scotland. It was completely a private ceremony where few close friends and family members were invited.
On 24 March 2003, the couple welcomed their first child together as a son named David Gordon Rowling Murray. Rowling ceased her time from writing novels in order to care for her son in his early infancy. A New Yorker magazine article stated that the family resided in a seventeenth-century Edinburgh house in October 2012. Later, they started living together in Scotland.
Neil Murray isn’t the first husband of J.K. Rowling as she was previously married to Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes. Rowling had moved to Porto, Portugal where she taught English. There, she met Arantes in a bar and discovered various common things between them.
Rowling and Arantes tied their knot on 16 October 1992. From their conjugal life, the duo welcomed their first child as a daughter named Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes on 27 July 1993 in Portugal. They encountered various relationship problems between them and finally got separated on 17 November 1993.
The following month, Rowling moved to Edinburgh, Scotland with her infant daughter. She went into depression because of marriage failure, being jobless and much more ongoing stress. She suffered from contemplated suicide as well.
However, she continued her writing job and the illness made her develop the characters known as Dementors. Her estranged husband came to Scotland from Portugal but Rowling was able to receive an Order of Restraint. Arantes moved back to Portugal. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Rowling:
Who is J.K. Rowling?
Born as Joanne Rowling, she landed the planet on 31 July 1965, which makes her age be 53 years old as of 2019. However, she is popular with her pen names like Robert Galbraith and J. K. Rowling. By profession, she is a British novelist who has also gained success as a screenwriter and producer. She is internationally popular for being the writer of the popular Harry Potter fantasy series.
Being the author of the best-selling book series in history, she has been able to establish herself as one of the biggest novelists in history. Her Harry Potter fantasy series has crossed 500 million copies of sale and made her amass multiple prestigious awards and nominations. Her novels have been presented in the form of the movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and much more.
Early Life and Education
Rowling was born in 1965 and her place of birth is in Yate, Gloucestershire. Talking about her family background, she was born to the parents named Peter James Rowling (father) and Anne Volant Rowling (mother). Her father was a Rolls-Royce aircraft engineer whereas her mother used to work as a science technician.
Rowling’s parents met in 1964 and celebrated their wedding on 14 March 1965. She has a younger sister named Dianne. At the age of four, her family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne. She started writing fantasy stories at an early age. Her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which created a disturbance in her family’s happiness.
She also developed an interest in rock music where she used to enjoy listening Siouxsie Sioux, Siouxsie Sioux and the Clash. Talking about her education and academic achievements, she went to St Michael’s Primary School. The headmaster of the school named Alfred Dunn is said to be Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Porter’s headmaster character named Albus Dumbledore.
For her high classes of the school, she was enrolled at Wyedean School and College. She took A-levels in English, German and French and was able to garner two As and a B. She applied for Oxford University in 1992 but was not selected there. After that, she got enrolled at the University of Exeter from where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in French and Classics.
Career and Professional Life
Rowling initially worked as a researcher as well as a bilingual secretary for Amnesty International in London. She moved to Manchester with her then-boyfriend in order to work at the Chamber of Commerce. She started writing Harry Potter during which her mother died who was suffering from multiple sclerosis for the last ten years. It is said that Rowling’s writing is highly affected by her mother’s death.
She completed Harry Potter’s manuscript in 1995. The script was rejected by twelve publishing houses. Editor Barry Cunningham from a London publishing house Bloomsbury finally accepted her manuscript and offered her £1,500 in advance. She received a grant of £8,000 in 1997 from the Scottish Arts Council.
The date of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is on 26 June 1997. The fantasy novel was followed by its sequels published in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007. She has also written guide book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, e-book Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and so on.
Rowling is also noted for writing a novel named The Casual Vacancy which was published on 27 September 2012. She is also the author of a crime-fiction novel titled The Cuckoo’s Calling published on 18 April 2013. The following year, she published another crime-fiction novel named The Silkworm. She also authored Career of Evil and Lethal White published on20 October 2015 and 18 September 2018 respectively.
British author J.K. Rowling has been married twice. She is the wife of Neil Murray, a medical doctor. They have been enjoying their conjugal life since 26 December 2001. They welcomed a son named David Gordon Rowling Murray in 2003. Rowling’s first husband name is Jorge Arantes who is a Portuguese by nationality. With him, J.K. Rowling is the mother of a daughter named Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes.
J.K. Rowling’s Religion
Rowling has clearly stated that she is Christian and has also stated that she believes in God but not in magic. However, some religious people have decried her novel for promoting witchcraft. She loves visiting Church and was an adherent of the Church of England which she stated in 2007.
Moving towards her body measurement, J.K. Rowling stands at an average height of 5 feet and 5 inches or 165 cm. She has a slim body structure and weighs 54 kilograms being perfectly balanced as per her height. Rowling has blonde colored hair and blue colored eyes. Her body statistics measure 36-24-35 inches or 91.5-61-89 cm. Rowling’s dress size and feet/ shoe size is 4 (US) or 36 (EU) and 8 (US) or 38.5 (EU) respectively.
Salary and Net worth
British novelist Joanne Rowling AKA Robert Galbraith AKA J. K. Rowling has an estimated net worth of 1 billion USD as of 2019. She has made such a massive fortune from her entertaining magical stories.
Not every celebrity has big hearts like Rowling as she has utilized her net worth for various philanthropy activities. She established the Volant Charitable Trust in 2000 which has an annual budget of £5.1 million working together to fight against poverty and social inequality. Rowling has also contributed to the treatment of multiple sclerosis, the cause of her mother’s death in 1990.
Wiki and Facts
The biography of J.K. Rowling is presented by various wiki sites including Wikipedia. Find her on Twitter @jk_rowling where she has retained more than 16 million followers now. Her Facebook page is reachable @JKRowling where the British author is being followed by over 7 million followers.