The Marchioness of Normanby
Born1960 (age 61–62)
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
(m. 1987; div. 1990)
(m. 1990)
RelativesJason Shulman (brother)
Alexandra Shulman (sister)

Nicola Phipps, Marchioness of Normanby (née Shulman; born 1960), known professionally as Nicola Shulman, is a British biographer, former model, and aristocrat.

Early life

Nicola Shulman was born into a Jewish family, the daughter of Milton Shulman, the former theatre reviewer for the London Evening Standard, and Drusilla Beyfus, an author of etiquette books.[3][4][5] Her brother, Jason Shulman, is an artist, while her sister, Alexandra Shulman, is the former editor in chief of British Vogue.[6]

Shulman graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.[5]


Lady Normanby started her career as a model.[5] She later worked for Harpers & Queen.[5] She is the author of two biographies.[4] Her second book, Graven with Diamonds, was reviewed in The Daily Telegraph,[7] The Guardian,[8] The Times,[9] The Sunday Times,[10] and The Independent.[11]

Personal life

Shulman has been married twice. Her first husband was novelist Edward St Aubyn.[5][12] After they divorced, she married Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby, whom she met at the Groucho Club.[4][5] They have three children:[4][2]



  1. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 3496. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. ^ a b Mosley 2003, p. 287
  3. ^ Rubinstein, W.; Jolles, Michael A. (2011). The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History. Springer. p. 909. ISBN 9780230304666. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d de Rosée, Sophie (7 April 2011). "World of Nicola Shulman, writer". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Nicola Shulman is a modern marchioness among the Tudors". London Evening Standard. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ Day, Elizabeth (1 April 2012). "Never out of Vogue: Alexandra Shulman". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ Johnston, Freya (16 April 2011). "Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt, Courtier, Poet, Assassin, Spy by Nicola Shulman: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  8. ^ Nicholl, Charles (24 April 2011). "The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt by Nicola Shulman - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  9. ^ May, Derwent (16 April 2011). "Graven with Diamonds by Nicola Shulman". The Times. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  10. ^ Guy, John (1 May 2011). "Graven with Diamonds by Nicola Shulman". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (19 May 2011). "Graven With Diamonds, By Nicola Shulman". The Independent. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  12. ^ Freeman, Hadley (13 January 2007). "Road to redemption". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2016.