Provost's Talks: Gary Bell QC
The Provost's Talks are an occassional series in which Oriel's Provost, Neil Mendoza, will be in conversation with a distinguished guest to the College.
Our first guest of Michaelmas 2019 will be Gary Bell QC.
Gary Bell was born the son of a Nottinghamshire coalminer. He left school at the age of 16 without sitting any exams and did a variety of menial jobs including coalminer, apprentice mechanic, fork lift truck driver, fireman, bricklayer and pork pie factory production line worker. During the 1970s he was a football hooligan and general reprobate and ended up going to prison in 1979. He then spent the next two years living rough and travelling around Europe before going back into education aged 21. Seven years later he graduated with a degree in Law from Bristol University and became a criminal barrister. He has been at the Bar for 30 years and became a QC in 2012.
Ever restless he has continued to try and add new strings to his bow. He tried stand-up comedy and was Midlands Comedian of the Year in 2008. He also qualified as a pilot, presented his own show (The Legalizer) on BBC1, writes for a number of newspapers and magazines and has written two books, Animal QC (an autobiography) and Beyond Reasonable Doubt (a legal thriller which has been optioned by the BBC.) The Spectator described him, very unfairly in his view, as the rudest man in Britain.
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