Rory Bremner is quite possibly the best known and sharpest of Britain's impressionists, with a reputation for accurate mimicry and topical satire.
As a mimic, his repertoire extends to over 100 personalities; he’s provided definitive impersonations of Prime Ministers and Presidents from Major to Mandela, Blair to Brown, Clinton to Cameron and Bush to Trump.
Rory's unique brand of comedy and satire has sustained a highly successful career in radio and television for over a quarter of a century. Nowadays, he's equally in demand as a columnist for newspapers and magazines or as a documentary presenter.
Born in Edinburgh on 6th April 1961, Rory Bremner resents having to share a birthday with the late Paul Daniels and Ian Paisley! He wad educated at Clifton Hall, Wellington College and King's College, London, where he was made a Fellow in 2006. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary College.
Rory started acting in revues and cabarets while at University in London, where he gained a good honours degree in French, German and imitating lecturers. He still speaks both languages - French adequately, German slightly — better than Nicholas Ridley. He has a Russian 'O' Level and speaks enough of the language to impress you for 90 seconds (unless you’re actually Russian).
With John Bird and John Fortune, his satirical programmes — Rory Bremner- Who Else plus Bremner, Bird and Fortune — were a mainstay of Channel 4's output, winning a total of four BAFTAs and three RTS awards. The trio regularly produced specials, including a trilogy on Iraq (Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Beyond Iraq and a Hard Place and Beneath Iraq and a Hard Place) and a number of programmes charting the rise and fall of New Labour.
Prior to that, Rory Bremner had seven series on the BBC, from 1986 to 1992, winning the Special Award at the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1987. Over the last two decades, Rory's appeared in many of the top TV comedy shows, from Spitting Image and Whose Line is it Anyway to Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, and QI. He's appeared more than any other guest on Parkinson and Wogan.
He is a frequent guest on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1) where he provides a satirical review of current political events through his many characters. In 2009 he retraced his family history for Who Do You Think You Are (BBC 1).
In addition to his many comedy appearances Rory has also translated three operas (Carmen, Der Silbersee and Orpheus in The Underworld) and a Brecht play (A Respectable Wedding, for the Young Vic). He is a regular contributor to The Times, The Telegraph, The New Statesman and Radio Times, for whom he has interviewed Michael Parkinson and the late Sir David Frost.
Between his own TV shows, Rory co-wrote and presented two satirical Radio 4 series, toured the country recording Rory Bremner’s Great British Views for ITV, hosted the quiz-show Face the Clock for C4 and competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2011, partnering Erin Boag. Has also presented numerous documentaries and co-hosted The One Show.
Married to the artist Tessa Campbell Fraser, with two daughters, he divides his time (badly) between London, Wiltshire and his family home in the Scottish Borders.