Esther Freud was born in London in 1963, one of the daughters of the painter Lucian Freud. As a young child she travelled through Morocco with her mother and sister, returning to England aged six where she attended a Rudolf Steiner school i n Sussex. In 1979 she moved to London to study Drama, going on to work as an actress, both in theatre and television.
Her first novel Hideous Kinky, was published in 1992 and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a film starring Kate Winslet. In 1993, after the publication of her second novel, Peerless Flats, she was named by Granta as one of the Best of Young Novelists under 40.