Profile: Rob Brydon
It seems that Future Conditional at the Old Vic Theatre is still drawing in the crowds and with this in mind we take a look at one of the stars appearing in the production in Rob Brydon. Though the show features a talented cast of young performers, there will undoubtedly be a sizable crowd headed to the Old Vic to see Brydon, who has made a career of appearing on both the stage and screen as stand-up comic, voice over artist and actor.
It’s fair to say that Brydon took a different path to stardom than some of the other stars appearing in the capital. Though he was clearly destined for big screen success, he began as a DJ for BBC Radio Wales and from there began to make an impression.
Born in Baglan in South Wales in 1965, Brydon had previously been a member of the youth theatre group of his school and it is here that he undoubtedly honed skills that would lead him to the West End. But he also laid foundations for his comedy career, meeting Ruth Jones (of Gavin And Stacey) and finding influence from the comics of the time.
So by the time the 1990s came along he was finding work presenting and DJing and his signature voice undoubtedly helped. As such it is no wonder he also found so much work as a voiceover artist, adding his vocals to numerous adverts for television and computer games.
But today we know him for his appearances on the screen rather than just his voice. Brydon is perhaps best known for shows like Marion & Geoff, The Keith Barret Show, Gavin & Stacey, Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, Would I Like To You? The Trip and The Trip In Italy, amongst others. He has also appeared on the big screen in films like A Cock And Bull Story.
As for the stage, audiences can see him in Future Conditional at the Old Vic Theatre and might previously have seen his work in A Chorus Of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Next year he can also be seen in The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre as part of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company season.
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