Pattie Boyd Biography

Pattie Boyd, an English model and photographer, is widely recognized as one of the leading international models of the 1960s. She embodied the iconic British female ‘look’ of the era, influencing popular models like Twiggy. Boyd’s beauty and style even inspired renowned designer Ossie Clark, who named several of his designs after her. Beyond her modeling career, Boyd played a significant role in the Beatles’ exploration of Indian spirituality, having traveled to the country twice with her husband George Harrison and the band. Her influence extended to the music world, as she served as the muse for Harrison’s songs and later for guitarist Eric Clapton’s compositions. Boyd’s impact and experiences are chronicled in her autobiography ‘Wonderful Today’ and her exhibition ‘Through the Eye of a Muse’. Additionally, she co-founded the charity SHARP alongside Barbara Bach, the second wife of Ringo Starr.

Quick Facts

  • Name: Patricia Anne Boyd
  • Age: 79 years
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation: Model
  • Nationality: British
  • Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
  • Spouse/Ex: Rod Weston (m. 2015), Eric Clapton (m. 1979–1988), George Harrison (m. 1966–1977)
  • Father: Colin Ian Langdon Boyd
  • Mother: Diana Frances Boyd
  • Siblings: Colin Boyd, David J. B. Gaymer-Jones, Jenny Boyd, Paula Boyd, Robert Gaymer-Jones

Childhood & Early Life

Patricia Anne Boyd was born on March 17, 1944, in Taunton, Somerset, England to Colin Ian Langdon Boyd and Diana Frances Boyd. Due to her father’s job in the Royal Air Force, the family moved from place to place until finally returning to England after his discharge in 1953.

The eldest child of her parents, she has a brother named Colin and sisters named Jenny and Paula. After her parents separated and remarried, she gained two step-brothers, David and Robert Jr., and two step-sisters, Clare and Julia.

She completed her school degree with three GCE O level passes in 1961. She moved to London the following year and was encouraged to become a model by a ‘Honey’ magazine staffer who saw her working as a shampoo girl at Elizabeth Arden’s salon.


Pattie Boyd entered the fashion industry as a model in 1962 and worked primarily in London and Paris. Apart from ‘Honey’ magazine, she got regular assignments from the UK edition of ‘Vogue’, ‘Vanity Fair’, and ‘Elle’ in France, and also appeared on newspaper spreads for ‘The Daily Telegraph’ and ‘The Times’.

She appeared on the cover of British ‘Vogue’, and worked with photographers such as David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy. Along with Jean Shrimpton, she became the embodiment of the British female ‘look’ that defined Western fashion for women since her association with the Beatles in the late 1960s.

In early 1964, she worked with director Richard Lester for a television advertising campaign for Smith’s crisps, following which Lester cast her as a schoolgirl in the 1964 Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. During this time she became romantically involved with Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison, which not only spiked interest in her personal affairs, but also boosted her modeling career significantly.

She immediately earned further assignments from ‘Vogue’ and ‘Vanity Fair’; did a photoshoot with photographer Jeanloup Sieff for ‘Tatler’; and appeared on more commercials for Smith’s and L’Oréal, as well as fashion ads. Described as “by far the most glamorous” of all the Beatles’ wives and girlfriends, she epitomized “sixties stardom”, with women striving “to look like Pattie Boyd rather than Marlene Dietrich”.

Gloria Stavers convinced her to write a column for the American teen magazine ’16’, titled ‘Patti’s Letter from London’, to report on the latest trends in Carnaby Street, including insight into Beatles and Stones wardrobe. However, she had to stop at the request of Harrison after she became the target of Beatles’ female fans.

She then embarked on a joint venture with her sister Jenny, also a model, by opening a boutique named ‘Jennifer Juniper’ in the Chelsea Market area of London to sell antiques and other art works. She was the buyer while her sister managed the shop.

In her later modeling career, she promoted designs by Ossie Clark, appeared on several British ‘Vogue’ covers, and also did a photoshoot with her sisters for the magazine. She worked with photographer Justin de Villeneuve and model Twiggy for a cover shoot for the Italian ‘Vogue’ magazine.

On Valentine’s Day 2005, she put up her photographs from the 1960s of Harrison and Clapton for exhibition at the San Francisco Art Exchange, naming the show ‘Through the Eye of a Muse’.

In 2011, she held the exhibition ‘Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton’ in Santa Catalina Island in California and at the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Major Works

As a model, Pattie Boyd is best known for defining the British female ‘look’ with “mini-skirt, long, straight hair and wide-eyed loveliness”. She is equally familiar as a photographer for her exhibitions ‘Through the Eye of a Muse’ and ‘Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Pattie Boyd, who was in a relationship with photographer Eric Swayne, had declined George Harrison’s first date proposal after they first met on March 2nd, 1964. However, she soon split from Swayne and went on a date with Harrison to a private gentlemen’s club called the Garrick Club.

After Harrison bought the house ‘Kinfauns’ in Esher, Surrey, in July 1964, she moved into the house with him. The couple got engaged on December 25, 1965, and subsequently married on January 21, 1966, in a ceremony at Epsom register office.

Boyd had introduced Harrison to meditation, which led to their six-week-long trip to India during which Harrison took sitar lessons from Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar, while she learned to play the dilruba. Later in February 1968, she and her sister Jenny accompanied Beatles during their visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India.

Soon after their return, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein suddenly died, forcing the musicians to look into the business part of the band, which began to create stress in their relationship. After the Beatles broke up one year later, and Harrison became particularly involved with the Hare Krishna movement, it created further tension between the couple.

During the early 1970s, she resumed her modeling career, began an affair with Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood, and finally decided to leave Harrison in 1974 following his affair with Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen. In 1979, two years after getting divorce, she married guitarist Eric Clapton, who had proclaimed his love for her in his song ‘Layla’ while she was still with Harrison.

She eventually left Clapton in 1987 and divorced him in 1989 due to his alcoholism and numerous affairs, including one with Italian model Lory Del Santo. She later developed a relationship with property developer Rod Weston in 1991 and got married to him on April 29, 2015.

She published her autobiography, ‘Wonderful Today’, titled ‘Wonderful Tonight’ in the United States, in August 2007. Co-written with journalist and broadcaster Penny Junor, it debuted at the top of the ‘New York Times’ Best Seller list in the US.


In early 1965, while attending a party held by her dentist, John Riley, Pattie Boyd took a drink spiked by the host with LSD. Under the influence of the drug, she reportedly threatened to break a store window while returning home with then-husband Harrison.

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