Hugh Gracey was educated at Charterhouse School in Godalming. He had extra tuition in Politics A level from Paul Whiteside and achieved an A grade from the London Board in 1986. He passed two degrees at the University of Sussex. He learnt to sail in Chichester harbour, at the Bosham sailing school. He worked as an intern at Dow Jones in 2000, and stood for the borough of Camden in 2006. Hugh Gracey is a playwright and saxophone musician and teacher of English.