Ross Benson

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Ross Benson [1]
Born (1948-09-29)29 September 1948
Died 8 March 2005(2005-03-08) (aged 56)
Nationality British
Education Gordonstoun
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Beverly Rose, Zoë Bennett, Ingrid Seward
Children 3
Awards Edgar Wallace Award for Fine Writing (London Press Club)

Ross Benson was a journalist and gossip columnist known for his personal style.[1] Born in Scotland on 29 September 1948. Educated at Gordonstoun School in Scotland, he worked for London Life magazine after leaving school before joining the Daily Mail Newspaper as the deputy diary editor at the age of 20.[2]

In 1971 he moved to the Daily Express Newspaper as deputy diary editor and was appointed deputy foreign editor in 1975; in 1978 he travelled to Los Angeles as the paper's West Coast correspondent. He returned to London in 1982 in the position of Chief foreign correspondent and was named as International Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1983.

In 1988 he was given his own Gossip column to rival the Daily Mail's headed by Nigel Dempster.

Ross Benson was the ghost writer for George Best's autobiography 'The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly' published in 1990. Further books followed; 'Paul McCartney:Behind the myth' in 1992 and 'Charles: The untold story' in 1993.[3]

In 1997 he returned to the Daily Mail as a foreign correspondent winning a London Press Club Award in 2004 for his work covering Iraq.

Married three times, Ross Benson had three children, his final marriage in 1997 was to Ingrid Seward,[3] the editor of Majesty Magazine.[4]

A keen Chelsea supporter and season ticket holder, he watched them beat Barcelona at Chelsea's home ground on the eve of his death.[3] Ross Benson died in London on 8 March 2005.


  1. ^ a b "Ross Benson". Telegraph Media Group Limited. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ross Benson". The Independent. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "From Gordonstoun to Kosovo". The Guardian. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "INGRID SEWARD". Retrieved 20 February 2016. 

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