Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip - and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers.
Currently a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4's Just a Minute, his acclaimed Victorian detective stories - The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries - are now being published in seventeen countries around the world and being adapted for TV.
Gyles Brandreth won his first prize as a public speaker as a schoolboy of fifteen. At Oxford, aged twenty, he was elected President of the Oxford Union. At 22, he turned professional and since then he has spoken all over the world, in venues as varied as the Helmsley Palace, New York and Buckingham Palace, London. His audiences have ranged from the executives of Coca-Cola to a silent order of nuns, from a thousand bankers in Frankfurt to ten thousand members of the WI at Wembley Arena. He has featured in the Guinness Book of Records for making the world’s longest-ever after-dinner speech. To raise funds for the National Playing Fields Association, he spoke non-stop for twelve and a half hours.
A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute to Have I Got News for You and most recently The One Show), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children’s author and biographer, his best-selling diary, Breaking the Code, was described as ‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’ (The Times) and ‘Searingly honest, wildly indiscreet, and incredibly funny’ (Daily Mail). He is the author of two acclaimed royal biographies: Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage and Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair and published his own diaries in 2009.
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 trustee of the British Forces Foundation, and a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association.
Gyles Brandreth’s forebears include George R Sims (the highest-paid journalist of his day, who wrote the ballad Christmas Day in the Workhouse) and Jeremiah Brandreth (the last man in England to be beheaded for treason). His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Brandreth, promoted ‘Brandreth’s Pills’ (a medicine that cured everything!) and was a pioneer of modern advertising and a New York state senator. Today, Gyles Brandreth has family living in New York, Maryland, South Carolina and California. 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 and, most recently, Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage.
"Wow, what a pro! Gyles did a really great job ... he was a great host, very funny and couldn’t have been more suited to the audience. He obviously works very hard and puts a lot of effort into these events. We would definitely use him again." Gyles hosted t he British Accountancy Awards - November 2011
"From the moment we made contact with Gyles he was enthusiastic, engaged, interested and courteous in all matters. He clearly had taken time to see who we were and what we did and that made all the difference to how the lunch played out." Gyles Brandreth gave the after lunch speech at the PLASA AGM - June 2011
“Thank you for your excellent contribution at our Lighting Industry event inStratford upon Avon. The feedback has been better than any of us could have hoped and the audience’s appreciation of your speech has been unanimous. Quite how you retain so much information about an industry you must surely know little about and then weave it into such an amusing speech, I have no idea. What impressed me, and the rest of the audience, was the way in which you read the tone of the evening so well.” Praise from the CEO of The Lighting Association - July 2010
"They are all thrilled Gyles by you! It was a brilliant professional hilarious performance. Thank you so much." Huntsworth Group - October 2009
"Gyles was fantastic he really put a personal touch onto all of the awards given out which was brilliant" Gyles Brandreth hosted the Euromoney Awards - October 2008
"...particular praise was reserved for Gyles who was most peoples' highlight. He was entertaining and relevant and drew well on his brief...Gyles did us proud." Copyright Licensing Association
"thank you for acting as host for our awards...your professionalism and wit made the evening a great success…we have had nothing but positive comment from all who attended." Informa - Gyles hosted 4 awards ceremonies
"The lunch went very well! The overwhelming opinion was that Gyles is definitely one of the best speakers we have ever had! I have received so many wonderful comments regarding his performance." BPMA's Annual lunch