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Rob Brydon (born Robert Brydon Jones, 3 May, 1965, Swanseamarker, Walesmarker ) is a BAFTA nominated Welshmarker actor, comedian, radio presenter, and impressionist most famous for his role as Keith Barret in the BBC comedy Marion and Geoff and its spin-off The Keith Barret Show, as well as the host of panel quiz shows Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive and Would I Lie To You?.

Brydon is famous for bizarre or unsettling black comedy, and has worked with a number of comedians and actors with a similar taste, notably Steve Coogan and Julia Davis.

In 2003, he was listed by The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.


His mother was a school teacher, and his father was a car dealer. Brydon grew up in Baglanmarker, in Port Talbotmarker, Walesmarker and was educated at the private Dumbarton House School in Swansea until the age of 14, then at Porthcawl Comprehensive School, where he became a member of the school's youth theatre group.

Early career

He attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, but left to join Radio Wales at the age of 20 without graduating from the college. Brydon's career began with radio - his early broadcasts included DJing on BBC Radio Wales, when his Saturday morning shows included contributions from Welsh standup comedian Pete Park-Walker. Also 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, between 1992 and 1994. Following this, in 1994 and 1995, he appeared in numerous episodes of the original Radio Wales version of the cult comedy show Satellite City with Boyd Clack.

Though 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 he impersonates.

Voiceover artist

Brydon was initially known nationally as a voice artist. He provided several voices for the Discworld computer games and continuity announcements for BBC 1. Brydon is also known for his voice-over work on numerous television advertising campaigns, including those for Renault, Tango, The Times, Tescomarker, Abbey National, Sainsburysmarker, McDonald's, Toilet Duck, Cahoot, Mint Card, Pot Noodle, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, The Observer and Fairy Liquid. Additionally, he voiced the main character, Lewton, in the Discworld computer game Discworld Noir..

Writing breakthrough

In the early 1990s he spent a brief stint presenting for the Home Shopping Network, and began to find small roles in several successful films and television series. He eventually made his mark in television comedy in 2000 with two series which he co-wrote and performed in for the BBC: the Julia Davis co-written Human Remains; and the commercially successful Marion and Geoff.

Since these breakthrough series, Brydon has developed a career path as a character actor, in both comedic as well as serious roles. Brydon portrayed controversial theatre critic Kenneth Tynan in the BBC Four film Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore (2005), opposite Julian Sands as Sir Laurence Olivier.

His character Bryn in the Ruth Jones and James Cordon written Gavin and Stacey allwed him to return to his Welsh roots. In this role, Brydon performed the 2009 Comic Relief charity single, "Islands in the Stream", with Ruth Jones (both actors appearing as their characters from Gavin & Stacey) and singer Tom Jones. It reached number one in the UK singles chart on 15 March 2009. On Friday 26th June 2009, he posted on his twitter account saying that he was filming a third series of the show Gavin and Stacey in Wales.


In 2006, he first appeared on the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. His singing voice even earned the previously unknown accolade of being described by the former host, Humphrey Lyttelton, as "not bad". When the team went on a tour of non-broadcast stage shows, he 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, Humphrey Lyttelton died in hospital, following his 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). Brydon also appeared as guest panelist in the first two episodes of series 52, chaired by Jack Dee.

Additionally, he took over from Angus Deayton as host of Would I Lie To You? in 2009.

Brydon has also presented an episode of Have I Got News for You, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4's panel game Just a Minute.He also appeared in the popular BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey as Bryn West, Stacey's uncle.

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' 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.

He has made a number of appearances on the TV comedy quiz QI. In his first appearance (A series, episode 5), his talent for mimicry was displayed with impressions of Alec Guinness, James Dean and Michael J. Fox. In the 2008 Christmas Special he also provided impressions of Richard Burton and Tom Jones.

Stand-up Comedy

Brydon, in 2009, began touring the UK. This is his first stand-up tour as Rob Brydon rather than a differently-named character. Brydon's stand-up DVD, Rob Brydon: Live will be released on 23rd November 2009. Brydon is due to appear as a host on the forthcoming BBC series of 'Live At The Apollo'.

Personal life

On 6 October 2006 Brydon married Claire Holland, a former producer on the South Bank Show, at Windsor church. They live in Strawberry Hillmarker in the London borough of Richmondmarker, and have a son born in April 2008. Brydon has two daughters, born c.1994 and c.1999 and a son born c.1996 from his first marriage.

A fanatical golfer, he is also a Swansea City fan and is an ambassador to their 1912 foundation. Brydon appeared on Top Gear, as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, on the 9th November 2003.

Brydon has been mistaken for comedian Ben Miller and vice versa, whom he appeared alongside (and kissed) on QI episode 6.9, Future.

Filmography and television/radio appearances

Year Title Role
1992 - 1994 Rave
1992 The Healer Sean
1994 Satellite City Radio show
1995 The Treatment
Eleven Men Against Eleven Radio commentator
First Knight Man in crowd
1996 Lord of Misrule Cornish policeman
Cold Lazarus Karl
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Bus driver
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Traffic warden
2000 Human Remains Peter Moorcross, Gordon Budge, Stephen, Tony, Barne Willers, Les
2000 - 2003 Marion and Geoff Keith Barret
2001 A Small Summer Party Keith Barret
A Knight's Tale First Villager
The Way We Live Now Mr Alf
2002 24 Hour Party People Ryan Letts
Legend of the Lost Tribe Prison guard
I'm Alan Partridge Baptist fan
Cruise of the Gods Andy van Allen
2004 Shaun of the Dead Football commentator/'Zombies from Hell!' presenter
2004 - 2005 The Keith Barret Show Keith Barret
2005 MirrorMask Morris Campbell/Prime Minister
Supernova Dr Paul Hamilton
Little Britain Roman de Vere (Series 3)
Flight of the Conchords Narrator
2006 A Cock and Bull Story Capt. Toby Shandy/ Rob Brydon
2006 - 2007 Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive Himself
2007 - Present Gavin and Stacey Bryn West
2009 Horne & Corden Narrator to olympic sketches
Would I Lie To You? Host as of Series 3

Other Appearances



Year Single Chart positions
UK IE World EU
2009 "Islands in the Stream" 1 48 36 7


  1. BFI | Film & TV Database | Brydon, Rob
  2. BBC Online - TalkWales - Ask Rob Brydon
  7. Digital Spy: Fry, Brydon, Dee to host 'Clue' return
  12. Rob Brydon event listing archive at
  13. Rob Brydon: Live -
  14. Rob Brydon's Wedding Day | Gallery | Mail Online
  17. QI, Episode 6.9, BBC1, February 20, 2009

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