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Rory Bremner: 'Being officially diagnosed with ADHD in my fifties has been overwhelming'

Rory Bremner gets his brain scanned as part of a new documentary about life with ADHD
Rory Bremner gets his brain scanned as part of a new documentary about life with ADHD Credit: BBC

It comes as no great surprise to discover that Rory Bremner was the “class clown” at school.  More surprising, though, is the painful price the star of Bremner, Bird and Fortune and one-time Strictly Come Dancing contestant has had to pay for a mind that fizzes with comic energy and ideas. 

For as long as he can remember, Bremner has acted impulsively and struggled to concentrate; his nickname growing up at home was “Scatty”, as in “scatterbrain”, while his school reports were full of accusations that he was “irrepressible” and “showing off too much”. He is disorganised and always late. His mind, he says, “jumps about all over the place and gets distracted by a million and one things”.

At last, the 56-year-old knows why: he suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Bremner has often suspected this to be the case and began to explore the possibility seriously when a close...

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