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Gyles Brandreth

Former MP
TV Presenter and Raconteur


Society & Culture


Culture / Creativity



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 to 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, and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime, and is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair. In 2007/2008, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, his series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde as an amateur detective was published in the UK and US. He is the host of the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show Wordaholics, first aired on 20 February 2012.

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen most recently in ZIPP! ONE HUNDRED MUSICALS FOR LESS THAN THE PRICE OF ONE at London’s Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in TWELTH NIGHT: THE MUSICAL at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 2010 saw him back in Edinburgh and on tour once more with his own one-man show, THE ONE TO ONE SHOW. 2010 also saw his play, WONDERLAND, opening in Edinburgh.

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), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy).

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. He is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.

He has been London correspondent for “Up to the Minute” on CBS News and his books published in the United States include the New York Times best-seller, The Joy of Lex as well as Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries.


  • After Dinner
  • Awards


  • The 7 Secrets of Happiness: An Optimist's Journey, 2013
  • Oscar Wilde and the Vatican Murders: Oscar Wilde Mystery: 5, 2012
  • Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair
  • Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries
  • Brief Encounters: Meetings with Remarkable People