Rob Brydon is a BAFTA-nominated Welsh actor, comedian, radio and television presenter, singer and impressionist.
Rob is best known for playing Uncle Bryn in the comedy drama Gavin and Stacey. He is currently 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.
Rob Brydon was born in Swansea, South Wales on 3rd May 1965. He grew up in Baglan nr Port Talbot, before moving to Porthcawl where his interest in acting flourished under the guidance of Porthcawl Comprehensive School’s drama teacher, Roger Burnel.
After school Rob began a three year course at The Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, but left midway through the second year to become a radio presenter for nearby BBC Wales. There then followed six years of presenting work on local television and radio, during which time Rob would perform the odd comedy pieces including, on Radio 5’s ‘Rave’ with Alan Thompson, the early days of Keith Barret. Whilst at the BBC Rob joined the Bath based improvisational comedy group ‘More Fool Us’, where he met Julia Davis with whom he would go on some years later to make the award winning ‘Human Remains’.
Leaving Cardiff for London, Rob worked mostly as a voice artist on animations and commercials until his role as the traffic warden in ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ prompted him to make a short video of comic characters he had created. The video, ‘Rob Brydon – An Extremely Unlucky Traffic Warden’ finished with Cardiff cabbie Keith Barret chatting cheerily to a camera fixed to the dashboard.
Rob first came to the public’s attention in 2000 with the shows Marion and Geoff and Human Remains, winning British Comedy Awards for both.
Since then his comedy credits have included A Small Summer Party, The Keith Barret Show, Directors Commentary, Supernova, Cruise Of The Gods, Black Books, I’m Alan Partridge, Little Britain, Live At The Apollo, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, QI, The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, Have I Got News For You, Gavin and Stacey, Rob Brydon’s Identity Crisis and Would I Lie To You?.
He has also appeared in the dramas Oliver Twist, Heroes and Villains: Napoleon, The Way We Live Now, Murder In Mind, Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, Marple and the films 24 Hour Party People, MirrorMask and A Cock and Bull Story.
His many radio guest appearances include, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Just A Minute, Loose Ends, Steve Wright In The Afternoon, Jonathan Ross, Chris Evans, and Ken Bruce also guest hosting the Ken Bruce and Steve Wright shows for BBC Radio 2. As narrator, The Flight Of The Conchords, Make ‘Em Laugh, The Colonel Parker Story and Tom Jones, From The Valleys To Vegas.
Rob Brydon is also known for his versatile voice. He has narrated Little Britain Down Under, Valley Of Song, Becoming Bond,Holmfirth Hollywood and 100 Greatest Comedy Moments. He has also performed character voices for the animations The Gruffalo, Body Beautiful, The Legends of Treasure Island, The Baskervilles and Robbie The Reindeer: The Legend Of The Lost Tribe.
In 2009 alongside Ruth Jones, Robin Gibb and Sir Tom Jones, Rob reached number one in the charts with the single Islands In The Stream, in aid of Comic Relief.
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