Nick Griffin was born in Barnet and grew up in Halesworth in rural Suffolk, England.
Initially educated at two Suffolk private schools, St Felix School (in Southwold) and Woodbridge School, Nick studied history and then law at Downing College, Cambridge and boxed while at Cambridge and was awarded a full blue for representing the University against Oxford three years running, losing the first year on points and winning in the next two with first round stoppages.
Nick graduated with an honours degree in Law.
Nick is married to Jackie, a specialist nurse, living in Wales. They have four children, now more or less grown up. All are bi-lingual in English and Welsh.
Mr Griffin was elected to lead the BNP by a large majority vote of the membership in a secret ballot in September 1999, and re-elected with nearly 90% of the vote in 2007.