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Bob Cryer

Actor, comedy writer and after dinner speaker

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After dinner speaker, Bob Cryer, grew up in North London, the son of writer and comedian Barry Cryer and singer Terry Donovan. He studied English & Theatre at Warwick University before training as an actor at LAMDA.


He is perhaps best known to TV audiences as series regular Glenn Donovan in Hollyoaks and Weatherfield County’s manager Robert Dover in Coronation Street. Whilst he hasn’t quite got the full soap dish, he has also appeared in Eastenders, Holby City, and Doctors. He was also a regular on BBC’s The Interceptor, and other credits include Legend, Grimsby, Urban Myths, Bombshell, Victoria Wood, and Outnumbered.


As a writer, he is the creator (together with his late father, Barry) of Mrs Hudson’s Diaries, a humorous take on life below stairs at 221B Baker Street, in 2012. They turned the book into a play for Wilton’s Music Hall (with the theatre company Spymonkey) in 2014, as well as “Mrs Hudson’s Radio Show” (with Patricia Hodge and Miriam Margolyes) for Radio 4 in 2018. He also collaborated with his father on Barry’s memoirs, “Butterfly Brain”, in 2010. Their podcast “Now Where Were We?”, which celebrates the art of the anecdote, came out in 2021.

Bob is the author of his father’s 2023 biography, “Barry Cryer: Same Time Tomorrow?” which PFD’s Annabel Merullo secured with Bloomsbury Publishing.

After dinner speaker:

Bob is an experience and accomplished witty anecdotal after dinner speaker and feedback includes:

Your Dad would’ve been very jealous. Very funny!” Sir Michael Palin – Speech at The Oldie Magazine Lunch November 2023

“Thank you for your fantastic speech. It was a wonderful finale to the evening, and I am very grateful for the time you clearly took to put together such a warm-hearted leg-pull of the Fishmongers Company. The evening was everything Nicola and I could have hoped for and more.” Henry Byam-Cook KC (Barrister) – Speech at Fishmonger’s Hall Charity Event February 2023

“You were terrific! Your revered Dad would have been bloody proud. Thanks a million!” Harry Mount (editor of The Oldie Magazine) Speech at The Oldie Magazine Lunch November 2023

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