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Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon

Brydon at the 2008 BAFTA Television Awards
Born Robert Brydon Jones
(1965-05-03) 3 May 1965 (age 47)
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Ethnicity Welsh
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer, radio and television presenter
Years active 1992–present
Television Marion and Geoff
The Keith Barret Show
Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive
Gavin & Stacey
Would I Lie to You
The Trip
The Rob Brydon Show
Spouse Claire Holland (2006-present, second wife)
Children 2 daughters, 3 sons
Parents Howard Jones, Joy (née Brydon)

Rob Brydon (born Robert Brydon Jones; 3 May 1965[1]) is a BAFTA-nominated Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist. He played Uncle Bryn in the comedy drama Gavin and Stacey, is the host of panel quiz show Would I Lie to You?, plays a parody of himself in Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive and played Keith Barret in the BBC comedy Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show. He also hosts The Rob Brydon Show, a chat show for the BBC. Brydon has worked with a number of comedians and actors, notably Steve Coogan and Julia Davis. In June 2012 Brydon was one of six hosts for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London.


  Early life and studies

Robert Brydon Jones was born on 3 May 1965 in Swansea, South Wales. His mother, Joy Jones (née Brydon), was a school teacher, and his father, Howard Jones, was a car dealer. He grew up near Swansea, in Baglan in the town of Port Talbot.[2]

Brydon was educated at two independent schools: St. John's School in Porthcawl, which Eddie Izzard also attended as did Ruth Jones (whom he later worked with in Gavin and Stacey), and Dumbarton House School in Swansea until the age of 14; this was followed by Porthcawl Comprehensive School, where he became a member of the school's youth theatre group. While at Dumbarton he once stole fellow pupil Catherine Zeta-Jones's dinner money (which he admitted while participating in a series-four episode of Would I Lie To You?).[3]


Brydon attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, but left to join Radio Wales at the age of 20 without graduating from the college.

Brydon's career began with radio. His early broadcasts included DJing on BBC Radio Wales, when his Saturday morning shows included contributions from standup comedian Pete Park-Walker. Between 1992 and 1994 on Radio Wales (where he stayed for six years) he was the main presenter of Rave, one of BBC Radio 5's youth magazine and music programmes, with Alan Thompson; which led to the genesis of his Marion and Geoff story.[4]

In 1994 and 1995 he appeared in numerous episodes of the original Radio Wales version of the cult comedy Satellite City with Boyd Clack.

Though he stayed with radio as a comedy performer on BBC Radio Five Live's The Treatment, Rob also does occasional stints as a stand-in presenter on BBC Radio 2, where he has even stood in for Ken Bruce, one of the people whom he impersonates. On 1 April 2011 he appeared in Ken's place on his show as an April Fools' Day joke.[5][6]

  Voiceover artist

Brydon was first known nationally as a voice artist. He provided several voices for the Discworld computer games and continuity announcements for BBC 1.[7] He is also known for voice-over work in television advertising, including those for Renault, Tango, The Times, Tesco, Abbey National, Sainsburys, McDonald's, Toilet Duck, Cahoot, Mint Card, Pot Noodle, Domino's Pizza, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, The Observer and Fairy Liquid. He also voiced the main character, Lewton, in the Discworld computer game Discworld Noir.[8]

  Writing breakthrough

In the early 1990s he spent a brief stint presenting for the Home Shopping Network,[9] and began to find small roles in several successful films and television series. In 2000 he made his mark in television comedy, with two series which he co-wrote and performed in for the BBC: Human Remains, co-written by Julia Davis, and the commercially successful Marion and Geoff.

Since these series Brydon has developed a career path as a character actor, in both comedic and serious roles. He portrayed controversial theatre critic Kenneth Tynan in the BBC Four film Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore (2005), opposite Julian Sands as Laurence Olivier.

His character Bryn West in Gavin and Stacey, written by Ruth Jones and James Corden, allowed him to return to his South Wales roots. In this role Brydon performed the 2009 Comic Relief charity single, "Barry Islands in the Stream", with Ruth Jones (both actors appearing as their characters from Gavin & Stacey) and singer Tom Jones. It reached No.1 in the UK singles chart on 15 March 2009.

In 2010 Brydon starred alongside Steve Coogan in Michael Winterbottom's partially improvised BBC 2 sitcom The Trip in which both actors played exaggerated versions of their own perceived public personas (Brydon, affable and always ready to slip into an impression, Coogan, grumpy and frustrated not to be the major international star he believes he should be).[10]

Brydon's book Small Man in a Book (the title a play on his "small-man-in-a-box" impression), was published in November 2011.[11]


In 2006 Brydon first appeared on the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel-game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. His singing voice even earned the unprecedented accolade by the erstwhile host, Humphrey Lyttelton, of being "not bad". When the team went on a tour of non-broadcast stage shows, Brydon filled in as chairman when Lyttelton was in hospital to repair an aortic aneurysm. A message was played to the audience in which Lyttelton commented on his absence. Three days later Lyttelton died in hospital after surgery.

In February 2009, it was announced that Brydon would be one of three people to replace Lyttelton as chairman of the 51st series of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (the others being Stephen Fry and Jack Dee).[12][13] Brydon also appeared as guest panelist in the first two episodes of series 52, chaired by Jack Dee. He returned as a guest panelist in the last two episodes of series 54 in January 2011.

Additionally, he took over from Angus Deayton as host of Would I Lie To You? in 2009.[14]

Brydon has also presented an episode of Have I Got News for You,[15] and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's panel game Just a Minute.[16] [17]

Brydon also narrated a two-part programme on BBC Radio 4, The Pain of Laughter: The Last Days of Kenneth Williams. It explored the latter part of Williams's life, featuring many of the performer's friends and contemporaries. In other radio work Brydon sat in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 for one day only on 25 August 2008. In addition to this, on 1 April 2011, Brydon impersonated Ken Bruce, for the entire two hour and thirty minute show. He then had the real Ken Bruce at the end of the show reveal the prank. He later tweeted "Well I don't know about you but I thought Ken Bruce was superb today. Much sexier than usual :)"[citation needed]

He has made a number of appearances on the TV comedy quiz QI. In his first appearance (A series, episode 5), his talent for mimicry was displayed with impressions of Sir Alec Guinness, James Dean and Michael J. Fox. In the 2008 Christmas special he also provided impressions of Richard Burton and Sir Tom Jones.

  Stand-up comedy

In 2009/10 Brydon had his first stand-up tour as Rob Brydon (rather than as a differently named character) in the UK. The resulting DVD of the 2009/10 show, Rob Brydon: Live, was released on 23 November 2009.[18] Brydon appeared as a host on episode two of series five of the BBC series of Live at the Apollo.

In 2010 Brydon took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March. He was one of six comperes for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012.

  Personal life

From his first marriage Brydon has two daughters, Katie, born August 1994 and Amy, born August 1999, and a son, Harry, born October 1996.[19][20]

On 6 October 2006 Brydon married Claire Holland,[21] a former producer on The South Bank Show, at Windsor church. They live in Strawberry Hill in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and have two sons, Tom, born in April 2008, and George, born in June 2011.

A fanatical golfer, Brydon is also a Swansea City fan and is an ambassador to their 1912 foundation.[22]

Brydon has often been mistaken for comedian Ben Miller (and vice versa).[23] As a reference to it, they dressed in similar outfits and shared a narcissistic kiss in the QI episode "Future".[24][when?]

Brydon was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he previously studied.[25][when?]


Year Title Role
1994 The Healer Sean
1995 First Knight Man in crowd
1996 Lord of Misrule Cornish policeman
1998 Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Bus driver
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Traffic warden
2001 A Small Summer Party Keith Barret
A Knight's Tale First Villager
2002 24 Hour Party People Ryan Letts
I'm Alan Partridge Baptist fan
Cruise of the Gods Andy van Allen
2004 Shaun of the Dead Football commentator/'Zombies from Hell!' presenter (voice)
2005 MirrorMask Morris Campbell/Prime Minister
A Cock and Bull Story Capt. Toby Shandy/ Rob Brydon
Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore Kenneth Tynan
2009 The Gruffalo Snake (voice)
2011 The Trip (US Film Edit) Rob Brydon
The Gruffalo's Child[26] Snake


Year Title Role
1993 The Legends of Treasure Island Long John Silver (Voice) (Series 2)
1996 Cold Lazarus Karl
2000 Human Remains Peter Moorcross, Gordon Budge, Stephen, Tony, Barne Willers, Les
2000–2003 Marion and Geoff Keith Barret
2001 The Way We Live Now Mr. Alf
2002 Black Books B. Nugent
Murder in Mind Barry Coates
Legend of the Lost Tribe Prison guard
2003 Top Gear Himself
QI Himself
2004 Director's Commentary Peter de Lane
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panelist
2004–2005 The Keith Barret Show Keith Barret
2005 Supernova Dr Paul Hamilton
Little Britain Roman de Vere (Series 3)
QI Himself
Jack Dee Live at the Apollo Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panelist
2006 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panelist
Have I Got News for You Guest Presenter
100 Greatest Funny Moments Narrator (voice)
2006–2007 Annually Retentive Himself
2007 QI Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panelist
2007–2010 Gavin and Stacey Bryn West
Heroes and Villains: Napoleon Stanislav Fréron
2008 Top Gear Himself
QI Himself
2009 Horne & Corden Narrator to olympic sketches
Live at the Apollo Compere/stand-up
QI Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panelist
2009–present Would I Lie to You? Host of Series 3 , Series 4 , Series 5 & Series 6
2010–present The Rob Brydon Show Himself (Host)
2010 Ronnie Corbett's Supper Club Himself (Guest)
The Trip Rob Brydon
QI Himself
2011 A Quiet Word With ... Himself (Guest)[27]
Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow Father Christmas/himself

  Radio Appearances

Year Title Role
1992–1994 Rave Himself - Presenter
1994 Satellite City Himself - Radio show
1995 Eleven Men Against Eleven Radio commentator
The Treatment Himself - Radio show
2004 Just a Minute Himself
2005 Flight of the Conchords (radio series) Narrator
Just a Minute Himself

Other appearances



Year Single Chart positions
2009 "Barry Islands in the Stream" 1 48 7


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  2. ^ "Ask Rob Brydon". Bbc.co.uk. 2003-01-29. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/talkwales/transcripts/brydon.shtml. Retrieved 2011-08-19. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Would Rob Brydon lie to you?". Daily Post North Wales. 8 August 2009. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/leisure/tv-wales/programme-news/2009/08/08/would-rob-brydon-lie-to-you-55578-24334829/. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "South West Wales - Hall of Fame". BBC. February 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southwest/halloffame/showbiz/robbrydon.shtml. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Rob Brydon impersonates Radio 2's Ken Bruce", BBC News, retrieved 1 April 2011
  6. ^ "Rob Brydon fools Ken Bruce's Radio 2 fans", The Independent, retrieved 1 April 2011
  7. ^ Larman, Alexander. "BFI Screenonline: Brydon, Rob (1965-) Biography". Screenonline.org.uk. http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/1184747/. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  8. ^ "Discworld Noir (1999) Windows credits". MobyGames. 2004-06-20. http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/discworld-noir/credits. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Other works for Rob Brydon". IMDb.
  10. ^ Wollaston, Sam (2 November 2010). "TV review: The Trip, Coppers, The Little House, Twitchers: A Very British Obsession, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2010/nov/02/the-trip-coppers-tv-review. 
  11. ^ "Rob Brydon: 'I used to be ambitious, but now I’m more like JR Hartley’", by Bryony Gordon, at telegraph.co.uk
  12. ^ Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 17:10 GMT (2009-02-25). "Fry, Brydon, Dee to host 'Clue' return". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/broadcasting/a147836/fry-brydon-dee-to-host-clue-return.html. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  13. ^ Foster, Patrick (26 February 2009). "I'm Sorry I Havent a Clue panel game to return to Radio 4". The Times (London). http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/comedy/article5805311.ece. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  14. ^ Parker, Robin (11 March 2009). "Brydon to host BBC1 quiz". Broadcastnow. http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/2009/03/brydon_to_host_bbc1_quiz.html. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  15. ^ smith1947 Added Apr 3, 2009 All my reviews (2009-04-03). "Have I Got News for You: Rob Brydon, Frankie Boyle, Claudia Winkleman Episode Summary". TV.com. http://www.tv.com/have-i-got-news-for-you/rob-brydon-frankie-boyle-claudia-winkleman/episode/931746/summary.html. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  16. ^ "Wales - Arts - Rob Brydon". BBC. 2010-12-03. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/arts/sites/themes/comedy/rob_brydon.shtml. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  17. ^ Raphael, Amy (24 February 2008). "Look who's laughing now". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2008/feb/24/television.dvdreviews. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  18. ^ "Rob Brydon: Live – ''Play.com''". Play.com. http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/10537125/Rob-Brydon-Live/Product.html. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  19. ^ Swann, Yvonne (22 January 2010). "My perfect weekend: Rob Brydon". Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/my-perfect-weekend/7043548/My-perfect-weekend-Rob-Brydon.html. 
  20. ^ Ancestry.com, England & Wales Birth Index: 1916-2005.
  21. ^ "Rob Brydon's Wedding Day – Gallery – Mail Online". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/galleries/index.html?in_gallery_id=8803&in_page_id=1055. 
  22. ^ "Rob Brydon signs for Swans". Swansea City Footbal Club official site. 12 November 2008. http://www.swanseacity.net/page/1912Foundation/0,,10354~1284824,00.html. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  23. ^ Robins, Derek (17 May 2007). "Double trouble for Ben". The Sun (London). http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article75048.ece. 
  24. ^ QI, Episode 6.9, BBC1, 20 February 2009
  25. ^ "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Honourary Fellows". [[Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama | rwcmd.ac.uk]]. http://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/about_us/honorary_fellows.aspx. 
  26. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018nrhm. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  27. ^ "A Quiet Word With Rob Brydon". Official site. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc1/201105/programs/AC0954H005D2011-05-07T213000.htm?program=A%20Quiet%20Word%20With%20Rob%20Brydon. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Jenkins featuring West, Jones and Gibb - Islands In The Stream - Music Charts". Acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/42283. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  29. ^ "Ireland Singles Top 50 - Music Charts". Acharts.us. http://acharts.us/ireland_singles_top_50. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 

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