George Carey was born in 1935 in the East End of London, the son of a hospital porter. After failing his 11-plus he left school at 15 and began working at the London Electricity Board as an office boy, and also served with the British armed forces in Iraq during the fifties.
By the time he was twenty, he had decided he wanted to be ordained as a minister into the Church of England. After positions as a curate in Islington, London and parish priest in Durham he later became Principal of Trinity Theological College in Bristol before being called to be Bishop of Bath and Wells. In 1991 he was invited to take up the post of 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury and served 70 million Anglicans around the world until his retirement in 2002.
In 2002 George Carey was made a life peer as ‘Lord Carey of Clifton’.
Lord Carey is Presentation Fellow of King’s College London, Fellow of Christ’s University College, Canterbury and Fellow of the Library of Congress. He is also the recipient of some 12 Honorary Doctorates.
Lord Carey married Eileen Harmsworth Hood in 1960, and they have four children and thirteen grandchildren