Rory Bremner's comic gifts served him well from an early age, when he used his impressionist skills to gain popularity as the school mimic, impersonating teachers as well as famous sports commentators Brian Johnston and Richie Benaud.
His taste for comedy grew and, while studying French and German at Kings College London, he became part of the capital's cabaret scene.
Soon he was getting work on Spitting Image and radio satire Week Ending and in 1988, aged just 27, he'd landed his own BBC TV comedy show.
He moved to Channel 4 in 1993, since then his satirical stand-up/sketch series has been a mainstay of the schedules, with its brilliant mix of spot-on parodies of celebrities and politicians and collaborations with double act John Bird and John Fortune.
As the impersonation 'market' grew more crowded in the late Nineties, with competition from Alistair McGowan and Dead Ringers, Bremner has concentrated more on political material.
And as the Blair era became increasingly controversial, so Bremner's knife sharpened and his shows have provided the most cutting satire on offer in the TV schedules.
As well as writing a book on the Blair era with the two Johns (You are Here) Bremner has proved to be a true polymath, using his language skills to write translations of dramas and opera libretti for new productions.
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