Suella Braverman was named after a TV series Dallas: 'My name is actually...'

Suella Braverman is trending as she has just been sacked by PM Rishi Sunak. But did you know Suella is actually not her real name? Here's what is....

Suella Braverman's real name
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Suella Braverman's real name

UK Home SecretarySuella Braverman often finds herself at the centre of controversy as her immigration plans are criticised over their alleged cruelty. A lot of high-profile personalities, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, the ex-British Army chief, and, reportedly, even King Charles spoke against them.

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Suella Braverman is known for lobbying for housing hundreds of asylum seekers on a barge and deporting ‘small boat’ arrivals to Rwanda, amongst other things. As she is a daughter of immigrants herself, many are in disbelief of her position, calling it ‘racist’, ‘vile’ and ‘hateful’.

She recently defied Prime Minister Rishi Sunak by publishing an article in which she attacked the Metropolitan Police for its handling of pro-Palestinian protests. This was not all cleared with the PM, and she has now been sacked from her position as Home Secretary.

Despite the fact that she is often in the news, little is known about Braverman's family life as she reportedly prefers to keep it private.

But there is one fact she once opened up about: Suella is not her real name. The Home Secretary was named after a famous American soap opera character from the 80s.

Find out who Suella Braverman really is.

Suella Braverman’s real name revealed

Suella Braverman is known for insisting that overall migration numbers in Britain must come down, and stating there is ‘no good reason’ the country cannot train its own workers, such as fruit pickers and HGV drivers.

A headstrong politician, she likes to keep her personal life private. But she opened up about one important fact of her biography and it is fascinating: Suella is not her real name.

The Home Secretary’s full name is Sue-Ellen Cassiana Braverman.

If ‘Sue-Ellen’ rings a bell, it is because it is the name of a famous fictional character from the TV seriesDallas. Sue Ellen Ewing, played by Linda Gray, was one of the female leads.

Braverman revealed:

So my name is actually Sue-Ellen because my mum was a fan of Dallas and thought this would be a great name for her daughter. I’ve been plagued ever since.

According to the politician, her primary school teachers ‘didn’t like the hyphen’ so they ‘came up with Suella’ on the little tag for her coat, and the name ‘stuck’.

Braverman admitted that she was ‘more of a Dynasty fan’ herself.

Suella Braverman's husband

Braverman was born in Harrow, London on April 3, 1980, and educated at Uxendon Manor Primary School in Brent and the fee-paying Heathfield School, Pinner, on a partial scholarship.

She is married to Rael Braverman – a manager at Mercedes – with the two having tied the knot in February 2018 at the House of Commons after being together for three years.

The Home Secretary once admitted that she fell for her 'supportive' future spouse the day he came out to deliver her election leaflets ‘in the pouring rain’.

The couple have two children – a son called George, born in 2019, and a daughter, Gabriella, born in 2021.

Braverman is also a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community and attends the London Buddhist Centre.

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Sources used:

- Metro: 'Who is Suella Braverman? Home Secretary’s husband, political career, real name and more'

- Financial Times: Suella Braverman’s job on the line after defying Sunak with controversial article

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