Mat Osman

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Mat Osman
Suede 2012.jpg
Osman performing with Suede at Lokerse Festival in Lokeren, Belgium in 2012
Background information
Born (1967-10-09) 9 October 1967 (age 52)
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
GenresAlternative rock, Britpop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active1989–present
Associated actsSuede, The Pigs, Suave And Elegant

Mathew David "Mat" Osman (born 9 October 1967) is an English musician and the bassist in the rock band Suede. He studied at the London School of Economics, where in 1989 he was awarded a BSc in Economics.


Osman was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, but was raised mainly in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Osman's younger brother is presenter and comedian Richard Osman.[1]

Osman met future Suede lead singer Brett Anderson in Haywards Heath, and they played together in early garage bands such as The Pigs and Suave And Elegant. Osman co-wrote some of Suede's songs, including "Lost in TV", "Europe Is Our Playground", "Attitude" and "Golden Gun". After Suede broke up in 2003, Osman provided music for television programmes, such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Marriage Ref and You Have Been Watching. He returned to perform with Suede when the band reformed in 2010.

Osman is the London editor of the email magazine le cool[2][3] and the editor of their London guidebook, published in summer 2008. His writing has also been published in British magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.

In 2010, he ran the London end of Tim Kring's Conspiracy For Good project.

Osman's first Novel The Ruins is published in February 2020.


With Suede[edit]


  1. ^ Dessau, Bruce (2 March 2013). "10 Questions for Suede's Brett Anderson & Mat Osman". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. ^ "About Us". Le Cool. 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (26 February 2007). "London scene is full of Es". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2014.

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