He studied at Redruth Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he became a member of the Cambridge Footlights. He is best known for his appearances as a panel member on the BBC comedy sports quiz They Think It's All Over. He was also a cast member of the British Channel 4 comedy series Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123. He was presenter of the series Rory's Commercial Breakdown, where humorous adverts were shown from different countries. Now he can be seen as a recurring guest on BBC 2 panel quiz show QI.