Writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers.
Gyles Brandreth, a former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester has gone from from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Majors government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in Londons West End.
Gyles is a broadcaster and an acclaimed interviewer, primarily for the Sunday Telegraph. His broadcasting programs include Just a minute and Have I Got News for You. Gyles is also a performer, he has recently been seen in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at Londons Duchess Theatre, and on tour throughout the UK. In 2010 he was on tour with his own one-man show, The One to One show, in Edinburgh. He also opened his play, Wonderland, in 2010.
He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair, and a series of Victorian detective stories, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in twenty-two countries around the world. His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include Word Play, a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness No 1 on Amazon. His on-line course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.
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. In 2011/12 he appeared as Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Gyles Brandreth is one of Britains busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, childrens 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. At the end of 2016, he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.
Gyles is married to writer and publisher Michèle Brown, with whom he oversees the exhibition of twentieth century childrens authors at the National Portrait Gallery. They also founded the award-winning Teddy Bear Museum based in Wimbledon at the Polka Theatre. Gyles is the vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.
Gyles ancestors include one of the highest-paid journalists of his day, George R Sims, as well as Jeremiah Brandreth, the last man in England to be beheaded for treason. His great-great-grandfather was the man who promoted Brandreths Pills, a medicine that cured everything.
World Class. Epic. Quite simply the best speech at any conference ever.
- Master Innholders Conference, 2016
Incredible research. He showed he really understood the industry and the audience. The best weve ever had.
- NFDC 75th Anniversary Awards, 2016
Gyles Brandreth stood without notes and delivered what can only be described as the funniest and most entertaining after dinner speech that we had ever heard, setting the perfect tone and celebratory mood to ensure that everyone present had a wonderful time. Gyles ended the evening on a serious note, and with a standing ovation, he had made everyone present feel part of a huge success story. Belvoir Lettings Awards, 2012