Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert

A former market researcher, Carmarthen-born Rhod Gilbert began his comedy career in 2002, after taking a stand-up course. That year he made the finals of the So You Think You're Funny? talent hunt at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in the next 12 months won the BBC New Comedy Award, the Paramount Gift Of The Gag competition and the Leicester Comedy Festival comedian of the year title. He was also a Chortle Award nominee for best new act, and runner-up n the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year contest.

He made his solo Edinburgh debut in 2005 with a show called 1984, describing the misery of growing up in the fictional Welsh town of Llanbobl, whihc was nominated for the Perrier best newcomer award. That year, he also won the Chortle award for best breakthrough act.

His 2008 Edinburgh show again caught the attention of judges and was nominated for the main if.comedy award. It lead to appearances on BBC One's Live at the Apollo stand-up showcase and the 80th Royal Variety Performance.

Gilbert has also appeared on Mock The Week, and he hosts a Saturday-morning show on BBC Radio Wales. In late 2008, he fronted a series of adverts to promote Welsh tourism.

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Double Bafta win for Rhod Gilbert

Cymru Awards for his Work Experience show

Rhod Gilbert picked up two awards at the Welsh Bafta awards last night.

He was named best presenter for Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, which also won for best factual series.

In a prerecorded acceptance speech for the virtual ceremony. he thanked the crew who made the series and BBC Wales ‘for repeatedly commissioning this series’.

In last year’s series, the ninth the comic turned his hand to care work, cake decoration and roadworking.

Thanking the care home where he filmed, Gilbert added: ’This means a lot to me, this one. My died in a care home soon after we filmed this – and this is for carers everywhere.’

The stand-up previously won the Bafta  Cymru Award presenter award in 2015 for the edition of his Work Experience show when he took on the role of an RAF fighter pilot.

He had also been nominated in the single documentary category this year for his film Stand Up To Infertility – an award that eventually went to Strictly Amy: Crohn’s And Me, about professional dancer Amy Dowden.

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Published: 25 Oct 2021

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