|Born||Richard Thomas Osman
28 November 1970
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Creative Director, Television presenter, producer, Director|
|Years active||early 1990s-present|
|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Television||Prize Island Pointless|
Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer and director. He worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK. He is the co-presenter of the BBC television quiz show Pointless.
Osman was born in Billericay, Essex. His mother is a teacher. He attended Warden Park School and read Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge during the same time as Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English.
Since 2009, Osman has worked on the BBC One quiz show Pointless with host Alexander Armstrong, where he is jokingly known as Armstrong's "pointless friend". Having previously worked exclusively in behind-the-camera roles, Osman got the job as co-presenter/assistant when he pitched the idea for the show to a panel of BBC daytime heads, taking the role of the assistant in the demonstration. Bosses were impressed and decided to offer Osman the job. He revealed, on his Twitter account on 9 April 2012, that he appeared in the final scene of Drop the Dead Donkey "carrying a table". He created the ITV Prize Island, that received generaly negative reviews and was said to be axed before the first episode even aired but eventually was shown a year after being filmed.
Osman has also worked as executive producer on numerous other shows, including Deal or No Deal, Channel 4 comedy panel game 8 out of 10 Cats and satirical comedy 10 O'Clock Live. His other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and the short-lived game show 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared on Have I Got News for You as a guest in December 2012 and April 2013, and as host in October 2013.
Osman acts as script editor for BBC One's Total Wipeout and in 1999, created and wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Boyz Unlimited with David Walliams and Matt Lucas. In 2005, Osman co-created and co-wrote the animated Channel 4 sitcom Bromwell High.
The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World was published in the UK by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, in October 2012.
He is a season ticket holder at Fulham Football Club, and has two children. Osman's brother Mat is a founder member and bassist of the band Suede, and produced music for 8 Out of 10 Cats and You Have Been Watching!. On 6 December 2011, Osman became an "unlikely heartthrob" after winning Heat's Weirdest Crush Award. On 11 October 2013, Osman announced on Twitter that he suffers from Nystagmus.
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- "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong is cleverer than me but he’s a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012.
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- "Pointless: How I became the co-host". BBC.
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- BBC Daytime re-commissions Pointless BBC Press Office.
- BBC TV blog: Pointless: How I became the co-host bbc.co.uk.
- Richard Osman imdb.com.
- "Total Wipeout" (2009) imdb.com.
- Full cast & crew for "Boyz Unlimited" imdb.com.
- "Bromwell High" (2005) imdb.com.
- "The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World (Hardcover)". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- 18:30 GMT. "BBC Sport - Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- "'Pointless' Co-Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". Huffington Post. 6 December 2011.
- "Interview: Alexander Armstrong on bringing variety back to Saturday night TV". The Scotsman. 26 July 2011.
- Pointless, 16 March 2011.
- "The Heat Weird Crush 2011". heatworld.com.