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Gyles Brandreth

Author, broadcaster, actor, entertainer and former MP – Gyles Brandreth has done it all!

After Dinner Speaker / Presenter & Host / TV Personality

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute and Workaholics to QI and Have I Got News for You), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children’s author and biographer. He has published two volumes of diaries; Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries, (‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’ – The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime (‘witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant’ – Daily Mail).

He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair as well as a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in 22 countries around the world. His latest Sunday Times best-seller (No. 1 on Amazon) is The 7 Secrets of Happiness. His one-man show, Looking for Happiness won multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London from April 2014.

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One Hundred Musicals for Less Than the Price of One at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK and also as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he appeared as Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest. 

Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain’s busiest after dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself and been nominated for awards as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster (Sony and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.

He is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown, with whom he co-curated the exhibition of Twentieth Century Children’s Authors at the National Portrait Gallery and founded the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum now based at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. His son, Benet, is a barrister, award-winning speaker and authority on rhetoric. His daughter, Aphra, is an environmental economist. With his daughter Saethryd and grandson Rory, he is the author of a compendium of family games, The Lost Art of Having Fun.

Gyles Brandreth’s forebears include George R Sims (the highest-paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse) and Jeremiah Brandreth (the last man in England to be beheaded for treason). His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted ‘Brandreth’s Pills’ (a medicine that cured everything!) and was a pioneer of modern advertising and a New York state senator. Gyles Brandreth has been London correspondent for Up to the Minute on CBS News and his books published in the USA include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex as well as The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries (Simon & Schuster) and The 7 Secrets of Happiness (Open Road Media).

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