Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.
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 and Wordaholics to QI and 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 (‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’, The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime (‘Witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant’, Daily Mail).
His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include 'Word Play', a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness – No 1 on Amazon. His online course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.
As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he played Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2016 appeared in Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.
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 and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association. At the end of 2016, he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.
What the clients say:
‘A standing ovation on a wet Wednesday in January – amazing. It was the best speech I have ever heard.’
Citywire New Model Adviser Awards, 2017
‘A standing ovation at the end of the best presentation I have ever heard . . . Pure genius and amazing research.’
Close Brothers Asset Finance Conference, 2017
‘This is the third year he has done it and it was better than ever – beyond brilliant, completely perfect.’
The COCOAS Awards at the Eden Project, 2017
‘As for Gyles – he was a triumph!’
Belvoir Awards, 2017
‘The best speaker I have heard at any Federation meeting ever.’
SW Federation of WIs, 2017
‘Everyone LOVED him! He really made it very special.’
Private Equity Awards, 2017.
‘Fabulous hosting of our awards ceremony . . . it was such a treat to work with such a true professional . . . our guests had a ball.’
CSSA 50th Anniversary Luncheon, 2017.
‘In 23 years the best speech and the best hosting - by a country mile.’
Oxfordshire Business Awards, 2017.
‘Over twenty years we’ve had everybody – Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall – but we’ve only had one person back twice and that’s Gyles Brandreth. Without a doubt, he’s the best.’
MDA UK Annual Dinner, 2017
‘A complete success, the feedback has been fantastic and the sum raised exceeded our most optimistic expectations. All of this was, above all, down to Gyles.’
Casual Dining Dinner in aid of The Prince’s Trust, 2017
‘Gyles was absolutely fantastic and would recommend him in a heartbeat! He managed to be humorous without smut or impropriety to a room full of international guests of all ages and cultures and the entire room were in stiches! Wonderful MC and will definitely use him for future events.’
SBID International Design Awards, 2017
‘He did a really professional job for us and we loved working with him and will look forward to working with him again in the future.’
The Promotional Edge, 2017