Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip – and one of Britain’s most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. Currently a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute, his acclaimed Victorian detective stories – The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries – are now being published in twenty-one countries around the world.
Best known for the colourful jumpers he wore on countless game shows and on TV-am. His speeches are legendary the Daily Express wrote ” Brandreth is brilliant. If I ever hear a better public speaker I’ll be surprised”. “A deadpan comic to rival Jack Dee” Daily Telegraph “He has a touching access to the secrets of the human heart” The Times.
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, 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, and 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 an amateur detective and based on Wilde’s real-life friendship with Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. (‘One of the most intelligent, amusing and entertaining books of the year. If Oscar Wilde himself had been asked to write this book he could not have done it any better’, Alexander McCall Smith).
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 as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 2010 saw him back in Edinburgh and on a sixty-date tour with The One to One Show. 2010 also saw his play, Wonderland, staged in London and Edinburgh. With music by Susannah Pearse, it starred Michael Maloney as Lewis Carroll and Flora Specer-Longhurst as Isa Bowman, the actress who played Alice in Wonderland on stage. Most recently, Gyles has been appearing as Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2013 he returns to Edinburgh with a new one-man show: Looking for happiness
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