Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer, actor, Rory Bremner is either multi-talented or indecisive …or both.
Born in Edinburgh in 1961 Rory Bremer was educated at Wellington College and Kings College London, (BA Hons, French and German). Rory is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune. This how was the mainstay of Channel 4’s comedy output for nearly twenty years. He won back-to-back BAFTAs for Top Comedy Performance in 1995 and 1996, together with three Royal Television Society and two British Comedy Awards.
Rory’s most recent TV credits include the return of Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report after 20 years. Tackling the 2015 general election with three side-splitting episodes, Rory took on the many faces of politics in a satirical and theatrical report alongside a list of other well-known comedians.
Never one to duck a challenge, Rory competed on Strictly in 2011, partnering Erin Boag and specialising in waltz and quickstep before losing out to Nancy Dell’Olio in the Cha Cha Cha. There will be a reckoning.
Meanwhile, he has co-written and presented two satirical Radio 4 series, Tonight and Bremner’s One Question Quiz, toured the country recording Rory Bremner’s Great British Views for ITV, hosted the quiz-show Face the Clock for C4, and written and presented a documentary on Scottish Independence, Rory Goes to Hollyrood (BBC).
In June 2013 he made his theatrical debut in Trevor Nunn’s production of Noel Coward’s Relative Values (Bath Theatre Royal) prior to a West End run at the Pinter Theatre.
He also translates operas and plays and is one of the country’s top after-dinner speakers and awards presenters.
His breakthrough TV appearance was on Wogan in 1985, following which he had his own series on the BBC from 1986 to 1991. Rory has since guested on many of Britain’s top comedy shows on radio and TV, including Spitting Image, Whose Line is it Anyway, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week (team captain for two series), The News Quiz, The Now Show, 7 day Sunday and QI. He appeared more often than any other guest on Britain’s top talk shows, Wogan and Parkinson. In addition, he often features on The Andrew Marr Show, where he reviews current political events through his many characters.
Besides live tours and numerous corporate engagements, he has also presented documentaries on Scottish Soldiers and Diaries for BBC4, traced his family history on Who Do You Think You Are (BBC), and explored his own self-diagnosed ADHD on Radio 4.
With John Bird and John Fortune, he also wrote and appeared in numerous specials, including Between Iraq and a Hard Place, My Government and I and Silly Money, and a book, You Are Here, published in 2005 (‘a stockpile of satirical ammunition’- Daily Telegraph).
Meanwhile, he’s translated three operas: two from French, Carmen (2001) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera, 2011) and one from German (Der Silbersee, 1997) together with the Bertolt Brecht play A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic, 2008). He is a regular contributor to The FT, The Telegraph, The New Statesman and Radio Times, for whom he has interviewed Michael Parkinson and David Frost.
When not working(!) he enjoys travel, opera, cooking, sport (especially cricket- he had a 1985 Top 20 hit as ‘The Commentators’ with N.n..nineteen not out) and motor racing- he owns a 1963 Alfa Spyder.
Married to the artist Tessa Campbell Fraser, with two daughters, Ava and Lila, he divides his time (badly) between London, Wiltshire and his new family home in the Scottish Borders.
Rory was brilliant; he was a huge hit with the audience and had everyone in fits with his amazing impersonations. What a fantastic performer! He made the event very special for us so please send him our thanks and best wishes – we were absolutely delighted.
Racehorse Owners Association AGM 2016
Rory was great – a pleasure to deal with beforehand, undemanding (which is always so helpful!), friendly to everyone on the night (he had lots of request for photos and was happy to oblige) and his speech went down really well with all our guests.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in West of England Dinner 2016
Please pass on our thanks, Rory was an absolute pleasure to work with and was well received by our guests. His content was perfect for what we needed and there has been lots of great feedback about him. Thanks for all your help, the evening was a great success!
UK Housing Awards 2016
Rory is a star, so easy for us, true professional and of course our clients love you. Donald Trump is just superb. Thanks for your help to make their evening so memorable. I hope we can work together again in the future.
William Bartholomew Party Organising Ltd – 2016
Rory was excellent and the surprise worked out brilliantly. The turn he did was superb and kept us all in stitches for the whole time. He generously stayed a bit longer after his act to sign autographs and pose for selfies. Please pass on my thanks and best wishes to him.
Private Event 2016
Rory, thank you for the splendid job you did of hosting our Annual Lunch & Awards last Friday. The tone struck was absolutely perfect for our audience and your management of a crowd of over 800 people first class. The feedback received to date has been excellent, further strengthening the event’s standing as a must-attend for our industry and raising the bar for future years.
Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch & Awards
Can you pass on my (and everyone at PFI’s) thanks to Rory Bremner please? We all thought he was spot-on – not just with the jokes/impressions but also with the way he controlled the audience in what could easily have been a very boring presentation. Clearly he puts great effort into these things, which is much appreciated, and there was not one negative comment about him. It was nice that he had time for us all too. Nice bloke. Definite contender for the IFR Awards next year.
Project Finance International Awards
Rory was an excellent speaker and I have received many complimentary comments about our choice of speaker for this year’s event…He was certainly very entertaining and raised many laughs. He also took time to speak to a number of the guests…
British Soft Drinks Association
Rory was a professional from start to finish. He was patient with us through the run through. Paid attention and went with the flow. His performance on the night was superb. Everyone loved him. He took us through the categories quickly but without feeling rushed. And he added some humour in there too. At the end of the night he was very gracious and patient (again!) this time with the mobs of women (and men) who wanted their photos taken with him. Then, before he left, he made a point of rooting out all the team to give them a personal thanks and well done. A true gent!
Investors in People Awards Dinner