Biography

Early life

Rory Bremner was the second son born to Major Donald Stuart Ogilvy Bremner (March 1908–1979) (who was 53 years old at Rory’s birth) and his second wife Ann Simpson (1922–2001).[1] Bremner was educated at Clifton Hall School and Wellington College and then studied Modern Languages at King’s College London. He was awarded Honorary Life Membership of King’s College London Students’ Union in the early 2000s. In 2005 he accepted an Honorary Fellowship at King’s. Additionally, he was awarded an honorary fellowship by Queen Mary, University of London in 2008.[2]

Rory first came into the limelight in 1985, when his single, N-N-Nineteen Not Out (released under the name, “The Commentators”) was a big hit in the British charts. It was a parody of Paul Hardcastle’s number one hit, 19, with Bremner impersonating cricket commentators, including Richie Benaud and Brian Johnston, and replacing references to the Vietnam War with references to the England cricket team’s disastrous 1984 home series against the West Indies in which the England captain David Gower had averaged 19.[3]

[edit] Career

Bremner soon had his own BBC Two show, and later moved to Channel 4, where his output became more satirical and the sporting commentators gradually came to represent a smaller proportion of his repertoire. Having teamed up with veterans, John Bird and John Fortune, he now hosts Bremner, Bird and Fortune, which (along with its predecessor Rory Bremner, Who Else?) has won numerous awards. Occasional one-off specials are also shown, with Bremner impersonating Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and various other government figures. In the 1990s he became a semi-regular cameo turn on the Channel 4 improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and in 2005 he was a team captain on the BBC2 improvisational satire show Mock The Week. Bremner now regularly performs on Sunday AM, impersonating politicians, with a review of recent political events.

Bremner has translated operas and a Bertolt Brecht play from French and German into English.[4]

[edit] Personal life

Rory’s first marriage was to Susan Shackleton, a teacher, in 1987, the couple divorcing in 1995. On 11 September 1999 Rory married Tessa Campbell Fraser and has two daughters with her. They live in the Cotswolds. Rory Bremner also supported Reg Keys in the 2005 election when he stood against Tony Blair as an anti-war candidate.

He was placed at 49 on ITV’s list of TV’s 50 Greatest Stars, and in 2008 received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society.

Rory speaks French and German.[5]

Taken from Wikipedia 19/08/09

Edited by rhwright on 19 Aug 2009, 08:38

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