- A Well Known & Humorous After-Dinner Speaker
- A Man Of Many Parts With The Humour To Fit Just About Any Situation
Henry Blofeld was educated at Eton, for whom he played cricket for three years, from 1955 to 1957 before moving on to King’s College, Cambridge until 1959.
After three years in the City of London, he began writing about cricket for The Times in 1962 and has been a journalist ever since. He has written at different times for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Sketch, The Daily Mirror, The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday.
His broadcasting career began at the start of the seventies and, in 1972, he joined BBC’s Test Match Special for two of the one-day matches against Australia. He has been a regular member of this famous commentary team ever since and has become the great character of the show. His rich, plummy tones are known and loved worldwide for he has done much commentary on both television and radio while covering cricket overseas.
For three years, from 1991 to 1994, he defected to Sky Television before returning to the BBC in 1994. Since then he has worked for some years for Sky’s Sportsline and also been a contributor to GMTV.
‘Blowers’ as he is fondly known, has a tremendous zest for life; his broadcasts are always lively and full of humour and he is famous for the way in which he paints the picture for listeners.
Henry is also a well known and humorous after-dinner speaker when he tells uproarious stories from the commentary box as well as others about his wide circle of friends. He has also made a name for himself in the theatre where he has, for the last three years, been doing a series of one-man shows around the country, called An Evening With Blowers.
He has just finished his fourteenth book, Cricket’s Great Entertainers. His last, Cricket and all That, reached the Top Ten Bestsellers list and his autobiography, A Thirst for Life, which came out in 2000, was also a huge success.
Henry was recently heard on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and appeared on Countdown and Ready Steady Cook. Henry is truly a man of many parts with the humour to fit just about any situation.