Her battles over Brexit made her ‘the most hated woman in Britain’.
But businesswoman Gina Miller has for many become a household name over her involvement in two high-profile court cases on the biggest national question in decades.
Mother-of-three Mrs Miller was born in Guyana to a land-owning family with a mother as the attorney general, but grew up in Britain.
She studied law at the Polytechnic of East London but was unable to finish because her parents wanted her back home. She eventually obtained a degree in marketing and in 2017 an honorary law degree.
Married for the first time at 20, she had disabled daughter Lucy-Ann. Her second husband, she claims, was a drinker who beat her badly (he denies this), forcing her to flee with her daughter. For a time they lived like vagrants, sleeping in her ‘little blue car’ in multistorey car parks in Wiltshire.
She went on to become a successful City investment manager and also set up the No.1 Ladies’ Investment Club for women in business.
Describing herself as a ‘passionate person with a feisty tone of voice’, Mrs Miller says she first took an interest in challenging the Brexit process after discussing with a lawyer her belief that the Prime Minister was not allowed under constitutional law to remove citizens’ rights without parliamentary consent.
In 2016, she challenged the government over its power to trigger article 50 without parliamentary approval. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually forced then-PM Theresa May to hold a Commons vote.
After court ruling in her favour in January 2017, she became a hate figure for many Brexiteers, subject to intense vitriol.
The Metropolitan police revealed it had issued eight ‘cease and desist’ notices to people who had sent Miller threatening messages.
Two years afterwards, Gina and her family were still living under security. ‘I was the most hated woman in Britain,’ she said in 2019.
And it was also in 2019 when Mrs Miller returned to the highest court in the land, this time over Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament in an attempt to pass his Brexit bill.
While her initial challenge was dismissed the case was granted an appeal. Following a hearing in Scotland a few days later the case returned to the Supreme Court, where the prorogation was found to be unlawful.
Mrs Miller has stated in various interviews that she was only pressing on with the legal action as a matter of democracy and parliamentary supremacy.
She now has two young children with her third husband and live in a £7million townhouse in Chelsea, West London.