Matt Richardson

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Matt Richardson
Birth name Matthew Jeffrey Richardson
Born (1991-05-28) 28 May 1991 (age 25)
Didcot, England, United Kingdom
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality British
Years active 2009–present
Notable works and roles The Xtra Factor (2013)
Viral Tap (2014)
Big Brother's Bit on the Side (2015–present)
Website Official website

Matthew Jeffrey "Matt" Richardson (born 28 May 1991)[1] is an English comedian and broadcaster, best known as a co-presenter on the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor in 2013. In 2016, Richardson became the drive time presenter on the digital radio station Virgin Radio UK.[2]

Early life[edit]

Richardson grew up in the South Oxfordshire town of Didcot and has performed at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in the town on several occasions.



Richardson began doing stand up in November 2009 aged 18. He appeared in the finals of So You Think You're Funny and the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year in 2010.


Richardson's first solo show, Hometown Hero, won Best New Show at the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival and has been taken on a 54 date national tour from September 2013 to June 2014.[3]


In 2013, Richardson replaced Olly Murs as co-presenter of the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack, airing immediately after the main ITV show hosted by Dermot O'Leary.[4] During the filming of the show, he co-wrote the comedy song Ex Facto Ring with Flightside vocalist Sarah Eaglesfield, which was released as a bonus track through Suddenvibe Records.[5] On 4 June, both Richardson and Flack announced that they would not return for The Xtra Factor for series 11.[6]

Richardson is a regular panelist and presenter on Channel 5 Big Brother spin-off show Big Brothers Bit On The Side since Big Brother 16 (2015 summer) On 27 April 2014, Richardson was a regular panellist on the ITV2 panel show Viral Tap presented by Flack.[7]

Guest appearances


Year Group Award Result
2010 Newbury Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won
So You Think You're Funny Template:Finalist
Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Template:Finalist
Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Template:2nd place
2011 Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Won
Latitude Festival New Act of the Year Template:Finalist
2012 Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show Won


  1. ^ Matt Richardson. "Matt Richardson - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ David Renshaw. "Edith Bowman becomes UK's only female breakfast show host as part of Virgin Radio relaunch". Time Inc. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  3. ^ Matt Richardson (2013-01-24). "Hello. I'm Matt. | Matt Richardson". Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Newsbeat - Matt Richardson replaces Olly Murs as Xtra Factor host". BBC. 2013-05-29. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
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  6. ^ Wilson, Jess (4 June 2014). "Male Xtra Factor presenter role axed - Caroline Flack still in the running for sole female presenter position". 
  7. ^ "Panellists". 

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