Stephen Basdeo grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. Having left college at the age of 18 after finishing his A levels, he spent some time wandering from job to job (and he has done some horrendous jobs in that time). At the age of 26, realising he needed to keep his mind active, he decided to return to university to study history. And he actually proved to be rather good at it, achieving a 1st Class degree in the subject from Leeds Metropolitan University. Wanting to take his love of the subject to the next level, he decided to complete an MA in Social History from the same university, for which he was awarded a Distinction. Stephen then decided to take things one step further, and he was awarded a place on a fully-funded PhD program at Leeds Trinity University.