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 and 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, for nearly twenty years a mainstay of Channel 4’s comedy output. He won back-to-back BAFTAs for Top Comedy Performance in 1995 & 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.
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.
He has 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, 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. He often features on The Andrew Marr Show, where he reviews current political events through his many characters.
Rory has 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.
"Rory Bremner was wonderful. A difficult audience, being multi-national, Rory made the most of his time on stage. A wonderful service."
Heather Madel, Events Manager - Outer Sanctum.
"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."
Project Finance International Awards
"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