Best Actor: British Comedy Awards 2001
Best Newcomer: The British Comedy Awards 2000
The South Bank Show Best Drama Award: Marion and Geoff
Best Newcomer to the Network: Royal Television Society Awards
Best Entertainment ‘Marion and Geoff’: The Broadcasting Press Guild of Great Britain
Best International Comedy ‘Human Remains’: Banff TV Festival
Born in Swansea South Wales, Rob studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, but left midway to become a radio presenter for BBC Wales. He moved to London to further his career and soon became one of the most sought after voice over artist for TV/Radio commercials, recording over 500 to date including: Tango, The Times, Abbey National, Somerfield, Sudafed, McDonald’s, Cahoot, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes and Andrex.
Earlier this year, Rob co-starred in Michael Winterbottom’s A Cock and Bull Story. His other films include Sean Connery’s First Knight (1995); the role of the brutalised traffic warden in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998); 24 Party People (2002) and Mirror Mask. His new series, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive has recently gone out to critical acclaim on BBC3. He co-wrote and starred in the award winning Human Remains (BBC2) and Marion and Geoff, (BBC2); the second series was BAFTA nominated in 2004. Also, Marion and Geoff special-A Small Summer Party (BBC2), ITV1’s Directors Commentary (BBC2), created by his own production company Jones The Film and recently The Keith Barret Show (BBC2), where he gleans relationship advice from celebrity couples.
He has just finished filming the second series of Supernova for BBC2. Rob starred in Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore, played the lead in Murder in Mind on BBC1, was seen in BBC1’s costume Drama The Way We Live Now and, Cruise of the Gods, BBC2. Rob is a regular guest on TV and Radio i.e. The Oscars, 2004 (BBC1), Parkinson (BBC1), Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1), Ronnie Barker: A Bafta Tribute (BBC1), Top Gear (BBC2), Richard & Judy (CH4), This Morning (ITV1), Today with Des ‘n’ Mel (ITV1), Just a Minute (R4), Jonathan Ross (R2) and Steve Wright (R2). In May 2005, The Keith Barret Show embarked on a 51-date-national tour. 2004 was was a huge success for Rob’s live work. The Keith Barret Show, at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sold out the entire 3 week run in advance, and The Daily Record hailed it as “The Funniest Show on the Fringe for the second year running.
In 2003 he completed a sell-out nationwide tour of the Marion & Geoff Show. Keith Barret’s self help book Making Divorce Work (Harper Collins) is now on sale.