Reardon was born in New York to London architect Patrick Reardon. She attended Garden House School, Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, Cheltenham Ladies' College and Stowe School. Reardon rejected a place at the University of Exeter to begin a career in journalism.
Reardon began her career on the US edition of Vogue magazine as its youngest ever fashion assistant, and was made fashion director of the British Tatler magazine at the age of 21, also its youngest ever. Reardon remained in this position for 9 years, before gaining the attention of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who gave her the job of contributing editor in 1999, in which she spent eleven years in the role. Reardon has also contributed to most of the UK's national newspapers and written three columns in The Times, who named her one of Britain's best writers.
In 2007, Reardon launched her own website called TopTips.com, giving "real tips for real women", which later became a best-selling book (translated into Russian and Indonesian, among other languages) and spawned a column in the Daily Mail and a regular slot on GMTV. Also in 2007, Reardon was named one of London's 1,000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard.
Reardon was appointed the editor of Tatler on 20 December 2010, and was the 17th editor since the magazine's relaunch in 1901. Under her editorship, Tatler tackled many important issues on domestic abuse and championing gay women. In 2014, BBC Two broadcast a 3-part documentary, Posh People, Inside Tatler, featuring Kate and other staff members: the documentary has now been viewed by an audience approaching seven million. Other innovative developments of the brand under Kate’s leadership include successful B2C events as well as the annual and much-anticipated Schools Guide and Awards, all of which have capitalised on Tatler’s authority in the education sector.
Reardon has previously dated Rupert Fairfax, Old Etonian aide to Prince Charles, actor Samuel West, former Spectator editor Matthew D'Ancona, and former executive M&S chairman Sir Stuart Rose. In the Summer of 2013, she married bloodstock agent Charles Gordon-Watson, with whom she has two children.
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