Gyles Brandreth

TV Presenter, Journalist, Actor, Author, Former MP

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, actor, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester. A star of Celebrity Gogglebox, a veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show, a presenter on Pointless, a regular on This Morning, and since the 1980s one of the mainstays of Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4.

"Probably the best speaker I have ever heard" Daily Mail

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  • After Dinner
  • Host and Awards
  • Current Affairs
  • Life and Times of Gyles Brandreth
  • Breaking the Code: How Government REALLY Works
  • The 7 Secrets of Happiness
  • The 6 Essentials of Success


He presents in English.

How he presents

Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet, and incredibly funny, Gyles has a serious talent for making people laugh which makes him a popular choice at after dinner speeches across the globe.

Books & Media

  • A History of Britain in Just a Minute
  • Elizabeth
  • Philip
  • Odd Boy Out
  • Dancing By The Light of The Moon
  • Podcast: Something Rhymes With Purple
  • Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries

In Detail

A former Oxford scholar and President of the Oxford Union, his career has ranged from being a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major's government, to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London's West End. He has won awards himself and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children's writer, broadcaster, political diarist, journalist, theatre producer and businessman He has featured in the Guinness Book of Records for making the world's longest-ever after-dinner speech, he spoke non-stop for twelve and a half hours.


Gyles is one of Britain's busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. Having appeared regularly in assorted comedy and current affairs programmes and having interviewed Princes, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and stars of stage and screen, Gyles is truly one of our greatest national treasures!



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