Rhod Gilbert

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Rhod Gilbert
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Gilbert in 2014
Birth nameRhodri Paul Gilbert
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 51)
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
MediumStand-up, television, Radio
Nationality Welsh
Years active2002–present
Genres Observational comedy, Deadpan
Subject(s)Everyday life
Sian Harries
(m. 2013)
Notable works and roles Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Walk on the Wild Side
Live at the Apollo
Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience
The Apprentice: You're Fired!
Website rhodgilbertcomedian.com

Rhodri Paul Gilbert (born 18 October 1968) is a Welsh comedian and television & radio presenter who was nominated in 2005 for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2008 he was nominated for the main comedy award (as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards were then branded). [1]


Gilbert appears on television and radio panel shows, has performed stand-up on the Royal Variety Performance, and hosted a weekly show on BBC Radio Wales. [2]

In September 2014 Gilbert started presenting the BBC Two panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks , ending a run of five series without a permanent host, although the show ended in May 2015.

Early life

Gilbert was born in Carmarthen, Wales, one of three siblings to two teacher parents, his father hailing from Ebbw Vale and his mother from Abertillery. He attended Maridunum Comprehensive School and went on to study languages at Exeter University. [3] [2] [4] For the first three weeks, such was his painful shyness that Gilbert was unable to eat with other students in the canteen or even make friends with the student in the next room. [3]

After graduating, Gilbert travelled for a year and a half around Australia and Asia before returning to Carmarthen and working as an admin assistant for the Welsh Office. [3] Gilbert later worked as a qualitative researcher for several market research agencies in London. [2]


Stand-up comedy

Gilbert got into professional comedy in 2002, after taking part in the Amused Moose Stand Up and Deliver course, [5] [6] but only "thanks to a girlfriend’s constant nagging". [3] Within 18 months, Gilbert had already won several different talent competitions [4] [7] and was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer award for his first solo show in 2005 at Edinburgh Fringe entitled 1984. [4] He has since performed worldwide. [8]

Many of Gilbert's stories are drawn from real life events, and his life in the wholly fictionalised village of Llanbobl. In 2008, Gilbert wrote a sitcom about life in Llanbobl, which featured on BBC Radio 2. [9] [10]

In his 2006 Edinburgh Fringe show Knocking on Heaven's Door, Gilbert told stories from his life, weighing up whether he would be admitted to heaven. His 2007 show, Who's Eaten Gilbert's Grape? saw Gilbert return to Llanbobl and pick up the story following the 1984 show narrative. His 2008 show, Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie, saw Gilbert question his sanity, his career and his life after suffering a mental breakdown brought on by the award-winning mince pie at a motorway services.

On 17 December 2008, he appeared at the 80th Royal Variety Performance. [11]

On 18 and 19 June 2009, Gilbert made the last performances of Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie show at the Bloomsbury Theatre, which was recorded and released as a DVD on 16 November 2009. [12] The DVD also contains several special features, including his rant about lost luggage, outtakes from the performance, in which he chats with the audience and deals with hecklers and a mockumentary called Back to Llanbobl in which Gilbert shows the viewer around his fictional home town, filmed in Talgarth, Powys.

Gilbert's 2009/10 show, Rhod Gilbert and the Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst previewed around the UK in small venues before being performed at the Edinburgh Festival. The show toured UK theatres from September 2009. [13] The tour included dates at many prestigious theatres such as London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo. A DVD of the tour was released on 15 November 2010. [14]


  • 1984
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door
  • Who's Eaten Gilbert's Grape
  • The Award-Winning Mince Pie
  • The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst
  • The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo
  • The Book of John

Stand-Up DVDs

The Award-Winning Mince Pie16 November 2009Live at London's Bloomsbury Theatre
The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst15 November 2010Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo19 November 2012Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo


On BBC One, Gilbert has made a number of guest appearances on Would I Lie to You? . Additionally, Gilbert has appeared five and three times respectively on the BBC Two panel shows QI and Mock the Week , and presented two episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in October 2009 and December 2011 before becoming the permanent presenter for the final series. He hosted three episodes of Have I Got News for You in April 2011, October 2017, and May 2018, has appeared as a guest on Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats , and wrote and narrated BBC Three's 2007 Goals Galore, Pranks Galore, Football Gaffes Galore and TV Gaffes Galore programmes. [2] He also presented BBC 2W's Rhod Gilbert's Teen Tribes, providing an insight into the worlds of "Emos", "Chavs" and "Goths".

Gilbert was Paramount Comedy's continuity writer and announcer between September 2004 and October 2005, providing end-credit voice-overs for their peaktime programme schedule.

In December 2008, Gilbert was signed for a campaign to promote tourism in Wales [4] and became the official Voice of Wales for the country's tourist-board, fronting the 2009 Visit Wales television advertising. [15]

Gilbert has reported for the BBC One current affairs/human interest show The One Show.

In November 2008, Gilbert appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo as a guest. In December 2009, he hosted the show, introducing fellow comedian John Bishop. On 6 June 2009 Gilbert appeared as the headline act on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on BBC One, and as a guest on 8 out of 10 Cats on 17 July 2009. He also provided voiceover material for the sketch show Walk on the Wild Side .

On 19 January 2010, Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience aired on BBC One Wales. Zipline Creative Limited worked freelance as producer/directors, editors and also camera and sound on the series for Presentable RDF. The four-part series saw Gilbert attempt a number of jobs including hairdresser, refuse collector, soldier and parent. [16] Following the show's success on BBC One Wales, the series aired nationally on BBC2 from 10 March.

In August 2010, the BBC commissioned eight episodes of Ask Rhod Gilbert following a successful pilot earlier in 2010. The show featured Gilbert, Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford answering random trivia questions, such as 'Who would win in a race, Usain Bolt or a grizzly bear?', posed by the public and celebrities, with additional celebrity guests on the panel. [17] The show ran for two series. [18]

On 7 March 2011, series 2 of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience began airing on BBC One Wales. In this series Gilbert tried out jobs as a farmer, butler, tattoo artist and firefighter. [19] In January 2012, Gilbert began filming series 3 of the show. It aired on BBC One Wales from 7 May 2012 and saw him take on jobs such as primary school teacher, zookeeper, drag artist and police officer. [20] A fourth series was broadcast in June–July 2013. [18] This series, the jobs were wedding planner, scout leader, tour guide and male model. Series 5, which had four episodes, began on BBC One Wales in September 2014 and was repeated on BBC Two from February 2015. Series 6 was broadcast on BBC One Wales starting February 2016.

In September 2014 Gilbert started presenting the BBC Two panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks , ending a run of five series without a permanent host. [21] In May 2015, however, the BBC ended the show. The documentary Rhod Gilbert vs Kilimanjaro, chronicling the attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity made by Gilbert and several fellow celebrities, was shown on the BBC in December 2014.

Gilbert appeared several times on the Channel 4 comedy/game show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown .

He replaced comedian Jack Dee as the host of The Apprentice: You're Fired! beginning in 2016. In 2019, he stepped down and was replaced by Tom Allen. [22]

In September 2018 Gilbert appeared as a contestant of the 7th series of Taskmaster alongside James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman and Phil Wang.


In 2006, Gilbert hosted the BBC Radio Wales comedy panel show Jest a Minute, live from The Comedy Store in London. The second series of Jest a Minute was recorded in late 2008 in Cardiff's Glee Club, hosted by Gilbert and featuring regular team captains Chris Corcoran and Lloyd Langford, and guests from the comedy circuit such as Elis James, Greg Davies, Lucy Porter and Jon Richardson. A third series was also broadcast.

Gilbert was also the host of BBC Radio 4's 4 Stands Up comedy series which aired in the Autumn of 2008 and has also appeared twice on Radio Four's Just a Minute , Radio 2's Does the Team Think? , and BBC Radio 4's Act Your Age.

In December 2008, a pilot of his sitcom Rhod Gilbert's Leaving Llanbobl was broadcast on BBC Radio Two; the sitcom was written and starred Gilbert and Greg Davies, with additional writing by Sian Harries. Lloyd Langford played Gilbert's amiable younger brother Emrys, Di Botcher played Brenda, a gossipy hairdresser, and Mike Hayward played Gilbert's father Gurnos. The show was produced by Ed Morrish. He has hinted in interviews that the sitcom is likely to move to TV when it is completed as he found that he was "seeing it" as he wrote it. [23]

Gilbert has also made several appearances on the BBC Radio 4 comedy program The Unbelievable Truth . [24] [25]

In 2011, Gilbert recorded a radio show for BBC Radio 2 called Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs with comedians Lloyd Langford, Greg Davies and Sarah Millican. Each show also featured live music from bands such as Athlete, Scouting for Girls, Kid British and The Hoosiers. It has since been repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. [2]

Gilbert also fronted his own radio show, The Rhod Gilbert Radio Show, broadcast by BBC Radio Wales on Saturdays between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, [26] often co-hosted by Lloyd Langford or fellow Welsh stand-up comedian Chris Corcoran; on 4 April 2019 Gilbert announced he was leaving the show with immediate effect. [27]

Personal life

Gilbert married his long-term girlfriend, writer and comedian Sian Harries, in August 2013. They divide their time between London and Wales. [28]

Gilbert has also played badminton, including as a doubles partner with former gold medallist Anthony D. Jordan, relating his story on an episode of the BBC panel show Would I Lie to You?. [29]










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