Christiane Amanpour is a British-Iranian television host and journalist. Amanpour was born in the West London suburb of Ealing, the daughter of Mohammad Taghi and Patricia Anne Amanpour.
Her father was Iranian, from Tehran. Amanpour was raised in Tehran until the age of eleven. Her father was a Shi’ite Muslim, and her mother was a Catholic.
Her parents sent her to a boarding school in England when she was 11 years old, after she had completed the majority of her primary school education in Iran.
She attended Holy Cross Convent, an all-girls school in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, before transferring to New Hall School, a Roman Catholic school in Chelmsford, Essex, when she was 16
Not long after the Islamic Revolution began, Christiane and her family returned to England. She has emphasized that they were not forced to leave the country, but were instead returning to England as a result of the Iran-Iraq war. The family eventually stayed in England because it was difficult for them to return to Iran.