Advertisers and manufacturers are all too aware that celebrities generate sales; that’s why they are prepared to pay them so much to appear in advertisements and sponsor their products. The late American stand-up comedian Bill Hicks, however, passionately believed that artists tarnished their integrity by appearing in advertisements and famously once said that, “Anyone who does a commercial is off the artistic roll call – forever.” Welsh-born comic Rob Brydon MBE would probably disagree.
Rob, who is well known for stand-up comedy and hosting award shows began his career as a radio presenter for BBC Wales after withdrawing from the Welsh College of Music and Drama after just one year. At this time, he made several television appearances and joined a comedy group, More Fool Us. But it was after moving to London that Rob began working in voice animation and commercials and made his name as a voice artist.
His career in television and media has been impressive. He has appeared in several films, including Shaun of the Dead and Mirrormask and has been a frequent guest on the radio. He has been on The Flight of the Conchords, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Just a Minute, and many more popular shows. He has appeared in numerous comedy shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You. He was also involved in Human Remains and Marion & Geoff and has been recognised by the British Comedy Awards.
Rob is well known for his voice-overs, narrating Little Britain Down Under, Becoming Bond, 100 Greatest Comedy Moments and Valley of Song. More recently, he provided the voice of Cat in the TV movie Room on the Broom. He also works with videogames, one of his most prominent roles being the voice of Lewton, the main character of Discworld Noir. In addition, he has become known for his impressions, particularly those of stars like Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Al Pacino.
Throughout his career, Rob has regularly appeared in television advertisements over the years but, in contrast to the views of Bill Hicks, has very much remained on the artistic roll and has gone from success to success to Bill Hicks. He has promoted Renault, The Times, Abbey National, Sainsbury’s, Dominoes, Toilet Duck, McDonald’s, Cahoot, The Observer, and in past year, Sky TV in New Zealand.
Rob’s next project is to be released in 2014. It is a comedy and details a sightseeing trip he and Steve Coogan take around Italy. Actress Rosie Fellner will also be involved. The show, Trip to Italy, will hopefully be as successful as his previous project with Steve Coogan, The Trip, which won a BAFTA and was nominated for three other awards. There is sure to be more comedy on the horizon for Rob and more advertising work.
Over the course of his career, Rob Brydon has received three awards (two British Comedy Awards and one Royal Television Society award) and has been nominated for ten others, three being for prestigious BAFTA Awards and four for British Comedy Awards. In 2013, he was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to comedy, broadcasting and charity.
Martha Woods is a freelance blogger who writes on many subjects including celebrities, fashion and cookery. Rob Brydon photo by Walking With The Wounded.