Rory Bremner is the UK’s leading comedy and saterical impressionist.
Over twenty-five years ago, Bremner put on a duffel coat and performed his first public impression – of his French teacher, Derek Swift.
Nine years later, he starred in his first BBC series ‘Now for Something Else’, a variety sketch show where he did impressions of Sean Connery and Terry Wogan.
Today, Rory Bremner is widely rated as Britain’s sharpest impressionist – a one-man opposition party – with his shows regularly winning awards as the best satire on television.
Born in Edinburgh, Rory Bremner was educated at Wellington College and went on to attend King’s College, London, where he graduated with an honours degree in French, German… and imitating lecturers. While still at university, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and began his career on the satirical radio shows News Revue (LBC) and Weekending (BBC Radio) before embarking on a seven-year spell at the BBC.
Since then, he’s appeared in countless comedy shows from Have I Got News For You to Whose Line is it Anyway? including: Comic Relief, They Think It’s All Over, It’ll Be Alright on the Night, Mock the Week and QI.
He has now written and starred in over one hundred programmes for Channel Four, starting with Rory Bremner, Who Else? and including the specials: From Blair to Here, Blair did it all go wrong?, My Government and I, Geoffrey Malet – A Hero of Our Time, Bremner, Bird and Fortune at Her Majesty’s Pleasure (to coincide with the Queen’s Jubilee) and Between Iraq and a Hard Place.
Elsewhere, he appeared regularly on Breakfast with Frost, and has written and performed the BBC radio series Some of Our Pilots Are Missing and writes articles and diaries for The New Statesman, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The London Evening Standard.
Since 1999, he has translated two operas: Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee and George Bizet’s Carmen, the latter for a cast recruited from South African townships who promptly translated the dialogue into Xhosa so Rory can’t understand it!
Rory and The 2 Johns (Bird & Fortune) enjoyed their first ever West End appearance together during Autumn 2002, at the Albery Theatre, with Beware of Imitations.
Rory Bremner is available for After Dinner Performances and Awards Hosting.