Gyles Brandreth – in 60 words
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. A reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on
Radio 4's Just a Minute, his many books include
The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries
and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.
Gyles Brandreth – in 600 words
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 and Wordaholics to QI and
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 a series of Victorian detective stories,
The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, now published in twenty-two countries around the world. His latest Sunday Times
best-seller – No 1 on Amazon – is The 7 Secrets of Happiness. His one-man show,
Looking for happiness, won multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and
is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre in London from 29 April 2014.
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 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 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.
He is married to writer and publisher Michèle 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.
His son, Benet, is a barrister, award-winning speaker an authority on rhetoric – see artofrhetoric.com.
His daughter, Aphra, is an environmental economist. With his daughter Saethryd and grandson Rory, he is the author of a
compendium of family games, The Lost Art of Having Fun.
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. Gyles Brandreth has been London correspondent for “Up to the Minute” on CBS News and his books
published in the USA include the New York Times best-seller,
The Joy of Lex, as well as The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries
(Simon & Schuster) and The 7 Secrets of Happiness (Open Road Media).
Gyles Brandreth – in 60,000 words
||Under the Jumper: Autobiographical Excursions
by Gyles Brandreth, published by Robson Books, 1993
Gyles Brandreth – in 600,000 words
Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries by Gyles Brandreth, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999
Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime, published by John Murray, 2009
Gyles Brandreth is a former appeals chairman, chairman and currently vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association,
now known as Fields in Trust: www.fieldsintrust.org.
In 1986 as chairman of the Barn Elms Protection Association, Gyles visited Sir Peter Scott to encourage the creation
of what became the London Wetlands Centre: www.wwt.org.uk/visit/london.
Gyles has served on the appeals committee of what used to be called Action Research for the Crippled Child, now www.action.org.uk.
He is the patron of PetSavers, a division of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association dedicated to improving the health of
pets, providing vets with a better understanding of the illnesses that affect animals: www.petsavers.org.uk.
He is also a patron of the Polka Theatre for children in Wimbledon: www.polkatheatre.com.
Other charities he supports include:
He is a patron, president or vice-president of a number of societies, including:
In 1971, Gyles Brandreth founded the National Scrabble Championships. He is the president of the Association of British
Scrabble Players: www.absp.org.uk
Gyles Brandreth: Contact
Mail : [email protected]
Twitter : @GylesB1
Voice-overs : Hobsons International