Meet the man behind 'American Gods', Amazon's new big budget fantasy series set to rival Game of Thrones - 2017-04-23
Gaiman grew up in Sussex, England, the eldest of three. His parents were Jewish but the family moved to the London commuter town of East Grinstead when Gaiman was five, so they could study dianetics at the Church of Scientology HQ. In 2013, Gaiman told a BBC interviewer Scientology had been the family religion. As a seven-year-old, he spoke endearingly to a BBC radio interviewer about passing Scientology's Grade I course, 'Problems Release'. And, although Gaiman has stated he personally is not a Scientologist anymore, both his sisters are still closely involved with the church. Gaiman's father David, who died in 2009, was the church's chief spokesman in the UK and, for a time, head of their intelligence agency, the Guardian's Office. The young Gaiman also attended Lancing College, which has a tradition of High Church Anglicanism. This "giant stew" of Judaism, Scientology and Christianity, mixed with ideas he read in science fiction, made him the writer he is, he says.