Dr Stephen Dorril

Honorary FellowDr S Dorril

Contact Details

  • Email: sd512@le.ac.uk


Personal Details

I am historian, research and investigative journalist and have been researching the activities of the British security and intelligence services for nearly forty years. Until 2018 I was for twenty years a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield where I lectured on journalism, history of the press, investigative journalism and the intelligence world, and was head of the University's Centre for Oral History.

Selected Publications

Author of a number of books dealing with aspects of the intelligence world including:

  • The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward: Sex, scandal and deadly secrets in the Profumo Affair (2013)
  • Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism (2007)
  • MI6: Fifty Years of Special Operations (2002). My journal articles include "Russia Accuses Fleet Street": Journalists and MI6 during the Cold War

Journal Articles:

International Journal of Press/Politics, 2015, Vol.20 (2); Mosley, Oswald (1896-1980), The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Dec. 2015.

Selected Journalism

I have written for all the major British newspapers, been consultant for many television and radio programmes, including most recently the BBC series, Peaky Blinders, and interviewed for numerous documentaries, including Coup 53 (2019) and The Allen Identity: Mosley, MI6 and the Ulster MP (BBC Radio Ulster, 2020). Among many conference talks, in 2016 I delivered a paper on The British Union of Fascists in Great Britain at the Topographic of Terrors, Berlin. In 2019 I co-organised a research symposium at the University of Salford on 'The Troubles': What we now know and what we don't know.


My particular research interests are the relationship between journalism and MI6, special operations and stay-behind units during the Cold War, intelligence during 'The Troubles' in Ireland both North and South, the biographies of MI6 officers, family secrecy and the intelligence, and researching the secret world.

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