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He and his wife Monica, née Appleby, have three children. The couple are avid caravanners, and Monica is the author of The Caravan Cookbook.
Rivron first came to fame through his appearances as the comedy character of "Dr Martin Scrote" on the Jonathan Ross chat show The Last Resort, before appearing on Night Network's Bunker Show. He developed this into a series for Channel 4 called Set of Six about Dr Scrote and his five brothers. In 1989 he starred with Jools Holland in the short-lived series The Groovy Fellers. In the early 1990s he presented his own chat show, Rivron, in which the entire set floated in the River Thames. Rowland also made a memorable appearance in the children's schools BBC TV Series Cats' Eyes.
Rivron toured briefly, playing drums for Transvision Vamp in the late 80s. Rivron played drums on Fat Les's 1998 single "Vindaloo". As one half of the band "Raw Sex" (with Simon Brint), he also featured regularly on BBC TV's French and Saunders show and wrote the theme tune for LWT drama London's Burning.
Rivron featured on drums in the "Sophisticated Fool" song and "All We've Got To Do Is..." song  from A Bit of Fry and Laurie, also on BBC TV. He was a contributing writer to Rhythm, a UK drumming magazine, and is a regular guest on Jools Holland's BBC shows, in which he once demonstrated a square snare drum made by Robert Daniels. Rivron appeared on the children's TV program Blue Peter at age 15, playing the drums.
In recent years, Rivron has regularly presented television shows such as Holiday and Summer Holiday. Rowland Rivron presented the comedy BBC Radio 2 shows Jammin' & Radio Rivron, and starred in the Channel 5 programme Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep. He also co-presented the Saturday breakfast show on BBC London 94.9 Rivron also appeared on Richard & Judy's New Position as the celebrity barman.
Rivron acted as a team captain on Question of TV (all on BBC1), and was a panellist on the first episode of Shooting Stars (BBC2). A special celebrity edition of the show "Incredible Games" was aired at the end of its first season with Philippa Forrester and Keith Chegwin appearing alongside Rowland as the contestants in place of the usual kids taking part (who were shown to be tied up before the games started). In 2006, Rowland was part of Channel 4's Come Dine With Me. He was the first celebrity to be voted out on 2007's edition of Comic Relief does Fame Academy. In 2012, Rowland was a contestant on Let's Dance for Sport Relief with his take on the Fatboy Slim music video Weapon of Choice, winning his heat and going straight through to the live final on Sport Relief, which he went on to win on 17 March 2012.
In 1984 he appeared in The Young Ones. In the episode Cash.
In October 2007, Rivron "waded into an unholy row" over plans for a mobile phone mast planned for the tower of his local church in North London. After joining the mass protest, he explained: "It's not really needed... In the Good Book they turned water into wine and now they're turning masts into misery". The TV star was received enthusiastically by his fellow protesters, with campaigner Paul Barnard commenting: "We were very grateful to Rowland Rivron for his support and he managed to cheer people up with his quips and jokes".
- Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916–2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
- Rowland Rivron on IMDB
- The Wright Stuff, 21 March 2011
- A Bit of Fry and Laurie on IMDB
-  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0628921/
- Rowland Rivron's biography on the BBC Comedy website
- Rowland Rivron's biography on Off The Kerb
- TV star joins mast protest Muswell Hill Journal, 25 October 2007
- Rowland Rivron Biography Off the Kerb Productions
- Ask Rowland Rivron transcript BBC Chat Archive
- Watch Rowland Rivron's story writing tips BBC raw words
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