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Rhys Thomas

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Rhys Thomas is an Emmy award winning director, producer, writer, presenter, broadcaster and actor. He was nominated for a BAFTA in 2013 in the Breakthrough Talent Category for his role as writer/director/producer of the critically acclaimed feature length documentary, ?Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender? which subsequently won both an Emmy and the Rose d?Or for Best Arts Documentary in 2013.
Rhys started off writing and performing sketches on the hit British comedy series ?The Fast Show? when he was 17 years old. Two years later he became the youngest person ever to write and star in his own sitcom, ?Fun at The Funeral Parlour? which ran for two series on BBC TV. He was one of the lead writers on ?The Eleven O? Clock Show? when it launched in 1999 and worked alongside Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen. He co-wrote and script edited two series of the BAFTA winning ?Shooting Stars? and went on to write and star in two series of the Fast Show spin off, ?Swiss Toni.?
Rhys co-wrote and starred as Gary Bellamy in the Sony Gold Award winning ?Down the Line? on Radio 4 and the subsequent tv spin off, ?Bellamy?s People.? As an actor ?for hire? he has also had lead roles in Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker?s cult classic ?Nathan Barley,? ?Star Stories,? and starred as Stuart in the critically acclaimed paramedic drama series ?Sirens? on Channel 4 which has since been remade in the USA. He also starred in the 2010 feature film ?Beyond The Pole? with Stephen Mangan and Alexander Skarsgard.
Between 2001- 2007, Rhys Thomas produced several best selling Queen DVDs, going back to the original rushes and making brand new videos, documentaries and re-editing old classic concerts. The band were so pleased with the results they asked him to produce their 40th Anniversary documentary, ?Queen: Days of Our Lives?, broadcast on BBC 2 in 2011. He has also written a draft of the forthcoming Freddie Mercury Biopic for GK Films and will be Special Adviser on the film.

In 2008 he presented the live 6 part BBC Three comedy series ?The Wall? with Alexa Chung.
Rhys created, wrote, produced and directed three series of the cult BBC Comedy ?Brian Pern,? which stars Simon Day as Pern and features Martin Freeman, Christopher Eccleston, Paul Whitehouse, Matt Lucas, Roger Moore, Michael Kitchen, Anna Maxwell Martin, Roger Taylor and Peter Gabriel amongst others.
In 2016 he wrote, directed and starred in An Evening with Brian Pern Live at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue to a capacity audience of over 1000 people. A UK tour is planned for the autumn. He is currently making his own review show show for BBC Four, a sitcom pilot for BBC Two and writing a Brian Pern book.

The Fast Show (BBC 2, 1997, 2000, 2011), Shooting Stars (BBC 2 , 2001-3); The 11 O Clock Show (C4 1999); Fun at the Funeral Parlour: Series 1 and 2 (BBC Choice, 2001-2) Swiss Toni: Series 1 & 2 (BBC 3/1 2002-4); Blunder (C4 2005); Down The Line: Series 1-5 (Radio 4, 2007-13), Above Their Station - Pilot (BBC Three, 2010), Don?t Watch With Mother Sketchbook (Radio 4, 2010); Bellamy?s People (BBC 2, 2010); Brian Pern (BBC Online, 2009-10); Harry and Paul (BBC 2, 2011); Roland Darvelle Murder Guide? (Radio 2, 2012); Tittle Tattle (Radio 2, 2013). Tittle Tattle ? TV Pilot (C4, 2014), The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (BBC4, 2014), Brian Pern: A Life In Rock (BBC 2, 2014), Brian Pern: 45 Years of Prog and Roll (BBC 4/2, 2016). ?Scaffs? (BBC 2, 2016). ?A Year in the Life of A Year? (BBC 4 2016).

The Breakfast Show (XFM Radio, 2000-1)
The Wall (BBC Three, 2008
?Freddie Mercury Biopic?

( GK Films, 2nd Draft + Special Adviser) ( Warp Films) 2014, in development)
( Bwark Films 2014, in development)
Queen Greatest Video Hits II DVD (TV Commercial, 2003); Queen: I Was Born To Love You (Music Video, 2004); Queen: Days of Our Lives (Co- Director) (BBC Two, 2011); Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (Feature length documentary, BBC One 2012); Freddie Mercury: Love Kills 2012 (Music Video, 2012). The Life of Rock with Brian Pern (BBC Four, TV series) and Brian Pern: A Life in Rock (BBC 2, TV series 2014), Queen: Let Me In Your Heart Again (Lyric + Music Promo, 2014), Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody (Documentary, BBC 2, 2015). Brian Pern : 45 Years of Prog and Roll (BBC, 2016) ?2016: A Year in the Life of A Year? (BBC, 2016)

Queen: Greatest Video Hits (DVD 2001), Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium 1986 (DVD, 2002), Queen Greatest Video Hits II (DVD, 2003); Queen: On Fire at the Bowl (DVD 2004); Queen Jewels (DVD, 2004), Queen: Return of the Champions (DVD, 2005), Queen: A Night at the Opera 30th Anniversary Edition (DVD, 2005); Queen: Days of Our Lives Special Edition (DVD 2011); Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender : Special Edition (DVD (2012); ?Brian Pern Series 1-3 (TV series, 2013-16, BBC 4/2). Queen: From Rags to Rhapsody (Documentary, 2015). ?Scaffs? (BBC 2, in production). ?A Year in the Life of A Year? (BBC 4 in production).

Sirens, Brian Pern, The Fast Show, Swiss Toni, Star Stories, Nathan Barley, Bellamy?s People, Fun at the Funeral Parlour, Death In Paradise; Beyond The Pole, Shooting Stars and many more.

The Fast Show and Shooting Stars Live At Hammersmith Apollo, London 1998. Stay Alive Pepi, The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 1998.
The Fast Show Live , National Arena Tour. 2002.
Comic Relief, BBC Television Centre, 2002
The Fast Show Reunion, Dominion Theatre, 2007.
An Evening with Brian Pern , The Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, 2016 (+director/writer)

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