Rob Brydon was born in Swansea, South Wales on 3rd May 1965. He grew up in Baglan nr Port Talbot, before moving to Porthcawl where his interest in acting flourished under the guidance of Porthcawl Comprehensive School's drama teacher, Roger Burnel.
After school Rob began a three year course at The Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, but left midway through the second year to become a radio presenter for nearby BBC Wales.
There followed six years of presenting work on local television and radio, during which time Rob would perform the odd comedy pieces including, on Radio 5's 'Rave' with Alan Thompson, the early days of Keith Barret. Whilst at the BBC Rob joined the Bath based improvisational comedy group 'More Fool Us', where he met Julia Davis with whom he would go on some years later to make the award winning 'Human Remains'.
Leaving Cardiff for London, Rob Brydon worked mostly as a voice artist on animations and commercials until his role as the traffic warden in 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' prompted him to make a short video of comic characters he had created. The video, 'Rob Brydon - An Extremely Unlucky Traffic Warden' finished with Cardiff cabbie Keith Barret chatting cheerily to a camera fixed to the dashboard.
British Comedy Awards 2000 Best Newcomer, Marion & Geoff
Royal Television Society Awards 2000 Best Newcomer, Marion & Geoff
South Bank Awards 2000Best Television Drama, Marion & Geoff
Broadcasting Press Guild of Great Britain Best Entertainment, Marion & Geoff
British Comedy Awards 2001 Best Actor, Human Remains
Banff TV Festival 2001 Best International Comedy, Human Remains
The Keith Barret Show
Marion & Geoff
Cruise of The Gods
The Way We Live Now
Murder in Mind
A Small Summer Party
I'm Alan Partridge
Tristram Shandy (2005)
24 Hour Party People
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
As a guest on The Oscars 2004 with Jonathan Ross, Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute, Richard and Judy, Parkinson, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, This Morning, Today with Des and Mel, Top Gear, QI and Comic Relief.