Richard Osman

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Richard Osman
Born Richard Thomas Osman
(1970-11-28) 28 November 1970 (age 43)
Billericay, Essex, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Creative Director, Television presenter, producer, Director
Years active early 1990s-present
Employer Endemol UK
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[1]
Television Pointless
Prize Island
Children 2
Relatives Mat Osman (brother)

Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer and director, best known as the co-presenter and creator of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless.[2]

He worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, executive producing shows such as Prize Island for ITV.

Early life[edit]

Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, and grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. His mother is a teacher. He attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield and read Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge (1989-1992), where he was a contemporary of Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English Literature.[3][4]

Television work[edit]

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.[5] Bosses were impressed and decided to offer Osman the job.[6]

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. He created the short-lived 2013 ITV gameshow Prize Island.[7] 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, April 2013 and April 2014 and as host in October 2013.[8][9][10]

He has also appeared multiple times on Would I Lie to You?.

On 18 August 2014, he started hosting a new early-evening BBC Two quiz show called Two Tribes.[11]


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.[12][13][14]

The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World was published in the UK by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, in October 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Osman is a season ticket holder at Fulham F.C., and has two children.[15] His 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.[16][17][18][19] Osman has impaired vision caused by nystagmus, a condition which causes uncontrolled movement of the eyes.[20]


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