Gyles Brandreth is widely known as a former Conservative politician, and has forged a household name appearing over the screens of British television. Beginning his television career in the 1970s, Gyles is well known for presenting the likes of Puzzle Party, dictionary corner in Countdown and Public Opinion. He has also forged a fan base as a radio presenter, predominantly presenting for stations such as London’s LBC Radio and BBC Radio 4. As a conservative politician, he made his mark as the Lord of the Treasury and authored the book Breaking The Code.
Before becoming a famous face of television and politics, Gyles acted as the President of the Oxford Union and was an editor of the Oxford University magazine Isis. As editor, he built the foundations of his understanding of journalism and has since gone on to become a journalist, broadcaster and author. Gyles’ first presenting role saw him appear on Puzzle Party, a 1970s children’s programme. He then went on to present the dictionary corner section of Countdown and has since appeared on over 300 episodes of the show.
Alongside Puzzle Party and Countdown, Gyles has also been a guest on several other programmes. He has been seen on programmes such as That Mitchell and Webb Look, QI, Have I Got News For You, The Gadget Show, The One Show, Room 101 and Celebrity Gogglebox. He was also the presenter of game show Public Opinion, Knowitalls and podcast Something Rhymes With Purple. As well as his book Breaking The Code, Gyles is also known for writing several other titles. He has authored books about the board game Scrabble and titles such as Phillip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage, The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and Have You Eaten Grandma?
Former European Monopoly Champion, President of the Association of British Scrabble Players and President of the Oscar Wilde Society, Gyles is a unique individual with many entertaining tales to tell as an online speaker. A seasoned after-dinner speaker, Gyles has previously broken world records with his speaking engagements. He is the holder of the world record for the longest continuous after-dinner speech, which he performed for charity. A renowned speaker with a proven track record of top companies, including the likes of Oxford Oncology, Gyles is guaranteed to be a hit at a range of online virtual events.
Gyles Brandreth is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:
“Gyles was fantastic. He led the session ably- he was very knowledgeable about the subject, and took time in advance of the session to speak to each of the panellists and put them at ease. He was very enthusiastic and ensured that the discussion was at once light-hearted and informative. In short, he fulfilled, and exceeded our expectations”
“Really top notch! He had the audience in absolute stitches and really gauged the mood right to deliver a seamless performance”
“A very humorous after dinner speech that was well geared to the audience and he showed great patience and authority”