After Dinner Speaker and Broadcasting 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 to Have I Got News for You), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children's author and biographer, his best-selling diary, Breaking the Code, was described as 'By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark's' (The Times) and 'Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet, and incredibly funny' (Daily Mail).
Gyles is the author of two
highly acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair. In 2007/2008, John Murray in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US began publishing The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, his series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde as the detective.
As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen most recently in ZIPP! ONE HUNDRED MUSICALS FOR LESS THAN THE PRICE OF ONE at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in TWELFTH NIGHT THE MUSICAL at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy).
He is married to writer and publisher Michele 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. He is a trustee of the British Forces Foundation, and a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.
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. Today, Gyles Brandreth has family living in New York, Maryland, South Carolina and California.
He has been London correspondent for 'Up to the Minute' on CBS News and his books published in the United States include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex and, most recently, Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage.
`Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet and incredibly funny' -Daily Mail
`A deadpan comic to rival Jack Dee' -Daily Telegraph
`Not merely, like all the best after-dinner speakers, does he know how to spin a yarn - he has a touching access to the secrets of the human heart.' -The Times
`If ever I hear a better speaker, I'll be surprised. Brandreth is brilliant.' -Daily Express
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