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Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster and former MP. He is one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speaker. Gyles is a reporter on 'The One Show' on BBC1. His acclaimed Victorian detective stories - 'The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries' - are published in twenty-one countries around the world.

Picture shows: Presenter, Giles Brandreth TX: BBC One

About Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester. His 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.


Gyles Brandreth is a prolific broadcaster, in programmes ranging from ‘Just a Minute’ to ‘Have I Got News for You’. Also an acclaimed interviewer, principally for the Sunday Telegraph.  Furthermore, Gyles is a novelist, children’s author and biographer. He has published two volumes of diaries: ‘Breaking the Code’. These are ‘Westminster Diaries’ and ‘Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime’.

Gyles 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’ was published in the UK and US.

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).

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 vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.

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"Our first Virtual Awards – he nailed it.  Utterly awesome.  The perfect host, virtual and real."

Silver Travel Awards, 2020

"Truly a professional who made our virtual event a fantastic evening."

GPA Global Payroll Awards 2020

" A huge thank you for Gyles hosting our virtual Awards recording.  He certainly brought lots of laughter and a wonderfully energetic and positive vibe to the whole thing!  Cannot imagine that many celebrities would have been so engaging and easy to work with.  We really appreciated his sincerity and professional input throughout the day and thoroughly enjoyed working with him."

Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2020

"The best presentation at any conference I have ever heard. A standing ovation.  Brilliant. "

HLPartnership Success Awards, 2020

"The talk of the show right into the wee hours – respected and loved by the whole room.  Fabulous."

Card & Payments Awards, 2020

"Simply astonishing.  The best speech I have heard in many, many years."

The Cream Awards, 2020

"Funny, informative, and brilliant – the funniest wise speech I have ever heard."

Society of Heads Conference, 2020

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Jan 03, 2024

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