Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner

Biography

Rory Bremner has been brightening up our screens for over 25 years with his unique brand of comedy and satire. He is widely rated as Britain’s sharpest impressionist and he impersonates over 100 people, from Tony Blair to Mohamed al Fayed; Rory once managed to get through to Margaret Beckett whilst impersonating Gordon Brown.

These days he’s equally in demand as a columnist for newspapers and magazines, as a documentary presenter and is one of the country’s leading after-dinner speakers.

It fits nicely with my mid-life crisis and offers fitness, a unique experience and all the fake tan you can ask for. Yay!Rory Bremner

Career

Rory first came into the limelight in 1985, when his single, N-N-Nineteen Not Out 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, and replacing references to the Vietnam War with references to the England cricket team's disastrous 1984 home series against the West Indies. Rory appeared on Top of the Pops performing the song live.

Bremner contributed to Spitting Image’ and Week Ending and by 1987 he had his own BBC Two show, Now - Something Else. Six years later he moved to Channel 4 with Rory Bremner, Who Else?

From 1999, along with John Bird and John Fortune, Bremner hosted satirical programme, Bremner, Bird and Fortune. The most recent series of three episodes was broadcast in May 2010. The series was BAFTA nominated several times and won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award in 2003.

In the run-up to the 2010 UK General Election he undertook a twenty date Election Battlebus Tour - his first stand-up comedy tour in five years. In the same year, Rory appeared in Who Do You Think You Are, to trace his ancestry.

Background

Born in Edinburgh, Rory Bremner was the second son of Major Donald Stuart Ogilvy Bremner and Ann Simpson.

Bremner married Susan Shackleton, a teacher, in 1987, the pair divorced in 1995. In 1999 Rory married Tessa Campbell Fraser; the couple have two daughters, Ava and Lila.

Trivia

In 2006 he was placed on ITV's list of TV's 50 Greatest Stars.

In 2008 Bremner received the James Joyce Award of the Literary and Historical Society – an award from Dublin College University for those who have achieved outstanding success in their given field.

Bremner speaks French, German and Spanish.

He is also a big fan of Formula One.


Dancing partner

Erin Boag and Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner will be dancing with Erin Boag.

 

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Rory's progress

Week 4

Cha Cha Cha

24/40

Week 3

Quickstep

31/40

Week 2

Salsa

22/40

Week 1

Waltz

27/40

Judges' comments

Alesha Dixon

High point

"Your work ethic is brilliant and you always commit"

Bruno Tonioli

Low point

"You have to be careful because you have to take the steps on the ball of you foot"

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