Biography

RHOD GILBERT

Welsh sensation Rhod Gilbert is one of the UK's leading stand-up comedy talents. He has enjoyed many successful years as a star of television and radio and continues to uphold his esteemed reputation as a prolific writer and first-class live performer.

Last year, Rhod took the reins of BBC2's hugely popular show You're Fired; hosting the latest series of The Apprentice spin-off show interviewing the outgoing candidates and taking a light-hearted look at events in the main show.  In 2014 he joined BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks hosting the iconic pop quiz alongside long-standing team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus.  Other recent TV appearances include a seventh series of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience, hosting Live at the Apollo (Rhod's third appearance on the show), and a sensational performance on a Christmas Day special edition of Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. In 2012, he was invited to perform for the second time on The Royal Variety Performance; joining an illustrious line-up for the centenary event held before Her Majesty The Queen.   He has also hosted Have I Got News for You? and has made regular guest appearances on panel shows Qi, Would I Lie To You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

Rhod has written, and starred in seven series of his hugely popular programme Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience which airs on BBC One in Wales, and BBC2 across the network.  Rhod is an Associate Producer on the programme, and involved in all aspects of the production both on and off screen. Series one was awarded a Welsh Bafta in 2011, scooping 'Best Factual Series'.  Series five scooped three nominations at the 2015 Bafta Cymru Awards; Rhod won ‘Best Presenter’ for the RAF Fighter Pilot episode, and the series also earned nominations in the ‘Best Factual Series’, and ‘Best Photography’ categories.  Throughout the series Rhod has tried his hand at all manner of ‘proper' jobs from being a Binman in South Wales to Butler to a Lord, and in his most difficult challenge to date; an RAF Fighter Pilot.  Series one and two are now available to own on DVD. 

Rhod has recently produced Rhod Gilbert vs Kilimanjaro, which followed him on his toughest challenge yet; leading a trek to Africa's highest peak in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre.  He took no camera crew, and never had any intention of broadcasting the footage, but as a special one-off feature last year, BBC Wales showed the footage captured by Rhod and his companions during their trek of a lifetime.

Rhod's first major hosting role was for BBC1 where he hosted two successful series of Ask Rhod Gilbert.  With the help of special guests and regulars Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford, the show set out to answer all manner of burning questions from the sublime to the ridiculous.  The show ran for two series and was a huge ratings success, averaging  in excess of two million viewers each week.  Rhod later teamed up with his partner in crime Greg Davies to star in World's Most Dangerous Roads, embarking on a treacherous (and frequently hilarious) adventure through Nepal for BBC2.

A natural and accomplished presenter, Rhod has hosted his own weekly Saturday morning show for BBC Radio Wales since 2007.   The show blends music, comedy and idle banter, and is renowned for its irreverent and ill-informed opinion.   He has also stepped in to host BBC Radio 2's flagship show Steve Wright in The Afternoon, and has regularly held the reins for both Graham Norton and Dermot O'Leary on the station.  He has also hosted a one-off special for Radio 2: Rhod Gilbert's New Year's Resolutions which went out live on New Year's Day. 

Also on Radio 2, Rhod has written and recorded his own series; Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs.  The show featured regular guests, stand-up comedians and live music from hit bands and was nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Academy Award in 2011.  Rhod's stand-up world was also depicted in a one-off sitcom for Radio 2; Rhod Gilbert's Leaving Llanbobl.  Rhod is now busy developing a TV sitcom based in the same fictional Welsh village of Llanbobl.

Rhod is now truly cemented as one of the foremost touring acts in the country with several sold-out nationwide tours under his belt.  He was a sell-out sensation at the Edinburgh festival every year from 2005- 2012 and has been invited to perform at every major international festival in the world.  He last toured in 2012 with his latest stand-up show; The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo; taking in over 120 dates across the UK, culminating at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Critics hailed the show as Rhod's best yet, and the DVD, released in the same year, quickly became another best-seller.  His debut live DVD - Rhod Gilbert & The Award-Winning Mince Pie - was released in 2009 and claimed the title for the year's fastest selling debut stand-up DVD entering the stand-up chart at number 3. His second live DVD - Rhod Gilbert & The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst was released in 2010, and now all three titles are available as a LIVE box set featuring all three hit shows.