Rob Brydon

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Rob Brydon
MBE
Rob Brydon.jpg
Born Robert Brydon Jones
(1965-05-03) 3 May 1965 (age 49)
Baglan, Wales
Nationality 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
The Guess List
Spouse(s) Claire Holland (2006–present, second wife)
Children 2 daughters, 3 sons
Parents Howard Jones
Joy Jones (née Brydon)
from the BBC programme Front Row, 18 March 2012.[1]

Website
http://www.robbrydon.com/

Robert Brydon Jones, MBE (born 3 May 1965), known professionally as Rob Brydon, is a Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist. He played Uncle Bryn in the sitcom Gavin and Stacey and Keith Barret in the BBC comedy series Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show.

He has appeared in a number of shows for the BBC with Steve Coogan such as The Trip in 2010 and The Trip to Italy in 2014.

Since 2009, Rob has presented the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?. He played a parody of himself in Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, a BBC Three panel show which ran from 2006 until 2007. Between 2010 and 2012, Brydon presented his own BBC Two late night chat show called The Rob Brydon Show and since April 2014, Rob has hosted the Saturday night game show The Guess List for BBC One.

Early life and studies[edit]

Robert Brydon Jones was born on 3 May 1965 in Baglan, Glamorgan (now Neath Port Talbot), Wales.[2][3] 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 with his younger brother Peter (born 1973).[4]

Brydon was educated at two independent schools: St. John's School in Porthcawl, which Eddie Izzard also attended, and Dumbarton House School in Swansea until the age of 14. This was followed by Porthcawl Comprehensive School, where he met Ruth Jones (with whom he later worked in Gavin and Stacey) and became a member of the school's youth theatre group. While at Dumbarton he once stole fellow pupil Catherine Zeta-Jones's lunch money (which he admitted while participating in a series 4 episode of Would I Lie To You?).[5]

Brydon named his primary childhood influences as Barry Humphries, Frankie Howerd and Woody Allen. He has also stated that he used to memorise entire sketches by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Brydon attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff. He left after a year, to join Radio Wales at the age of 20, without graduating from the college.[2]

Brydon's career began with radio. His early broadcasts included work as a disk jockey on BBC Radio Wales, when his Saturday morning shows included contributions from stand-up 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.[8]

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

Although 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.[9][10]

Voice-over artist[edit]

Brydon was first known nationally as a voice artist. He provided several voices for the Discworld computer games and continuity announcements for BBC 1.[11] He is also known for voice-over work in television advertising, including those for Renault, Tango, The Times, Tesco, Abbey National, Sainsbury's, 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.[12]

Writing breakthrough[edit]

In the early 1990s he spent a brief stint presenting for the Home Shopping Network[13] 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 Two sitcom The Trip in which both actors played exaggerated versions of their own public personas (Brydon, affable and always ready to slip into an impression; and Coogan, grumpy and frustrated not to be the major international star he believes he should be).[14]

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.[15]

Panellist/chairman[edit]

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 from 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).[16][17] Brydon also appeared as guest panellist in the first two episodes of series 52, chaired by Jack Dee. He returned as a guest panellist 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.[18]

Brydon has also presented an episode of Have I Got News for You[19] and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's panel game Just a Minute.[20] [21]

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 minutes 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 (Series A, 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[edit]

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.[22] 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 compères for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace on 4 June 2012.

Personal life[edit]

From his first marriage Brydon has two daughters, Katie, born August 1994 and Amy, born July 1999, and a son, Harry, born October 1996.[23][24]

On 6 October 2006 Brydon married Claire Holland,[25] 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.[26]

A fanatical golfer, Brydon is also a Swansea City fan and is an ambassador to their 1912 foundation.[27]

Brydon has often been mistaken for comedian Ben Miller (and vice versa).[28] As a reference to it, they dressed in similar outfits and shared a narcissistic kiss in the QI episode "Future", first broadcast on 20 February 2009.[29]

Brydon was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he previously studied.[30][when?]

Brydon was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to comedy and broadcasting and for charitable services.[31][32]

Filmography[edit]

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
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[33] Snake
2012 The Best of Men Corporal Wynne Bowen
2013 Gangsta Granny Mr Parker

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1993 The Legends of Treasure Island Long John Silver (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
2003-present QI Himself
2004 Director's Commentary Peter de Lane
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panellist
2004–2005 The Keith Barret Show Keith Barret
2005 Supernova Dr Paul Hamilton
Little Britain Roman de Vere (series 3)
Jack Dee Live at the Apollo Keith Barret
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panellist
2006 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panellist
Have I Got News for You Guest Presenter
100 Greatest Funny Moments Narrator
2006–2007 Annually Retentive Himself
2007 Dawn French's Boys Who Do Comedy Himself
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panellist
2007–2010 Gavin and Stacey Bryn West
2007 Heroes and Villains: Napoleon Stanislav Fréron
2008 Top Gear Himself
2009 Horne & Corden Narrator to olympic sketches
Live at the Apollo Compere/stand-up
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself - Panellist
2009–present Would I Lie to You? Presenter, since Series 3
2010–present The Rob Brydon Show Himself (Host)
2010 Ronnie Corbett's Supper Club Himself (Guest)
The Trip Rob Brydon
2011 A Quiet Word With ... Himself (Guest)[34]
Michael McIntyre's Christmas Comedy Roadshow Father Christmas/himself
2014 This is Jinsy Rex Camalbeeter (series 2)
The Trip to Italy Himself
The Guess List Himself

Radio appearances[edit]

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
2012 Best of Men Himself

Other appearances

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions
UK
[35]
IRE
[36]
EU
2009 "(Barry) Islands in the Stream" 1 48 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rob Brydon". Front Row. 18 March 2012. BBC Radio 4. http://bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dhl11. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mark Lawson talks to ... Rob Brydon". BBC Four website. BBC. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rob Brydon". BBC Cymru Wales website. BBC. 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ask Rob Brydon". Bbc.co.uk. 29 January 2003. Retrieved 2011-08-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Would Rob Brydon lie to you?". Daily Post North Wales. 8 August 2009. Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ Quark. "Quark interviews Rob Brydon". Quark. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  7. ^ {{cite web url=http://quarkonline.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/quark-interviews-rob-brydon/ title=Quark interviews Rob Brydon publisher=Quark Online date=2014-04-28 accessdate=2014-05-05}}
  8. ^ "South West Wales - Hall of Fame". BBC. February 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-19. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Rob Brydon impersonates Radio 2's Ken Bruce", BBC News, retrieved 1 April 2011
  10. ^ "Rob Brydon fools Ken Bruce's Radio 2 fans", The Independent, retrieved 1 April 2011
  11. ^ Larman, Alexander. "BFI Screenonline: Brydon, Rob (1965-) Biography". Screenonline.org.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Discworld Noir (1999) Windows credits". MobyGames. 20 June 2004. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  13. ^ "Other works for Rob Brydon". IMDb.
  14. ^ 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). 
  15. ^ Gordon, Bryony (7 November 2011). "Rob Brydon: 'I used to be ambitious, but now I’m more like JR Hartley’". London: Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  16. ^ 25 February 2009, 17:10 GMT (25 February 2009). "Fry, Brydon, Dee to host 'Clue' return". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  17. ^ Foster, Patrick (26 February 2009). "I'm Sorry I Havent a Clue panel game to return to Radio 4". The Times (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Parker, Robin (11 March 2009). "Brydon to host BBC1 quiz". Broadcastnow. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  19. ^ "Have I Got News for You: Rob Brydon, Frankie Boyle, Claudia Winkleman Episode Summary". TV.com. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  20. ^ "Wales - Arts - Rob Brydon". BBC. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  21. ^ Raphael, Amy (24 February 2008). "Look who's laughing now". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  22. ^ "Rob Brydon: Live – ''Play.com''". Play.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  23. ^ Swann, Yvonne (22 January 2010). "My perfect weekend: Rob Brydon". Daily Telegraph (London). 
  24. ^ Ancestry.com, England & Wales Birth Index: 1916-2005.
  25. ^ "Rob Brydon's Wedding Day – Gallery – Mail Online". Daily Mail (London). 
  26. ^ Swann, Yvonne (22 January 2010). "My perfect weekend: Rob Brydon". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  27. ^ "Rob Brydon signs for Swans". Swansea City Football Club official site. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2011. [dead link]
  28. ^ Robins, Derek (17 May 2007). "Double trouble for Ben". The Sun (London). 
  29. ^ QI, Episode 6.9, BBC1, 20 February 2009
  30. ^ "Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - Honorary Fellows". [[Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama | rwcmd.ac.uk]]. 
  31. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 15. 15 June 2013.
  32. ^ "Birthday Honours: Adele joins Blackadder stars on list". BBC News. 14 June 2013. 
  33. ^ "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  34. ^ "A Quiet Word With Rob Brydon". Official site. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  35. ^ "Jenkins featuring West, Jones and Gibb - Islands In The Stream - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  36. ^ "Ireland Singles Top 50 - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 

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Preceded by
Angus Deayton
Host of Would I Lie To You?
2009—present
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