Richard Osman

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Richard Osman
Born Richard Thomas Osman
(1970-11-28) 28 November 1970 (age 47)
Billericay, Essex, England
Nationality British
Education Warden Park School
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Creative director, presenter, producer and director
Years active Early 1990s–present
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[1]
Television Pointless
Two Tribes
Insert Name Here
Child Genius
The Fake News Show
Richard Osman's House of Games
Title Creative Director of Endemol UK
Children 2
Relatives Mat Osman (brother)

Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer, comedian and director. He is the creator and co-presenter of the BBC One television quiz show Pointless.[2] He also presents the BBC Two quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman's House of Games, and is a team captain on the comedy panel show Insert Name Here.

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

Early life[edit]

Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, to Brenda Wright and David Osman, and grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. His mother Brenda is a teacher. When Osman was nine years old, his father David walked out on the family, which Osman says created difficulty for the rest of his life.[3] Osman attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield. Whilst still at school he got his first broadcasting experience, as a regular contributor to Turn It Up, an open-access music show which went out every Sunday evening on BBC Radio Sussex (the show was also notable for giving early broadcast experience to BBC news journalist Jane Hill and radio DJ Jo Whiley). From 1989 to 1992, Osman studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a contemporary of Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English Literature.[4][5]



Since 2009, Osman has co-presented the BBC One teatime quiz show Pointless with host Alexander Armstrong. He created the show 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.[6][7]

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.[8] Osman's other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and the game show 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared seven times on Have I Got News for You: as a guest in December 2012, April 2013, April 2014, October 2015, December 2017 and April 2018; also as the host in October 2013.[7][9][10]

Osman has also appeared multiple times on Would I Lie to You? and Let's Play Darts.

In 2014, Osman began presenting a new BBC Two quiz show called Two Tribes. A second series began airing in February 2015.[11]

Since October 2014, Osman guest-presented numerous episodes of The One Show. Since 2016, Osman has been a team captain on the BBC Two comedy panel show Insert Name Here, hosted by Sue Perkins. A second series was commissioned to begin airing in January 2017.

In 2015 he was a contestant on the second series of Taskmaster, hosted by fellow TV giant Greg Davies.

In February and December 2016, Osman presented Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches, two special episodes which looked back over the past thirteen series of Dragons' Den on BBC Two. Since 2016, Osman has presented Child Genius on Channel 4.[12]

Osman appeared on Comic Relief 2017 with his World Cup of Biscuits. This involved polling Twitter to find the best British biscuit. The chocolate digestive won.[13]

In April 2017 Osman appeared in the first episode of the third series of Murder in Successville.


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.[14][15][16]

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 FC[17] and has two children from a previous relationship; a daughter and a son. His elder brother Mat is a founding member and bassist in 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.[18]



Year Title Role Channel Notes
1998–1999 If I Ruled the World Creator, producer BBC Two 2 series
2009– Pointless Co-presenter BBC One (2011– )
BBC Two (2009–11)
18 series
2011– Pointless Celebrities Co-presenter BBC One 10 series
2012-2016 Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two Panellist BBC Two 3 episodes
2012– Have I Got News for You Guest presenter/guest panellist BBC One Numerous episodes
Would I Lie to You? Guest 7 episodes
2013 Prize Island Creator ITV 1 series
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Himself Channel 4 TV special
2013-2017 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Contestant 5 episodes
2013- QI Guest BBC Two 4 episodes
2014 Not Going Out Himself/cameo role BBC One 1 episode: "Pointless"
Room 101 Guest 1 episode
2014– The One Show Guest presenter 7 episodes
2014–2015 Two Tribes Presenter BBC Two 2 series
2015 8 Out of 10 Cats Himself Channel 4 1 episode
Let's Play Darts Participant / Commentator BBC Two Charity series
Danger Mouse Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz CBBC Voice only
Celebrity Juice Guest ITV2 3 episodes
2015-2017 Loose Women Guest ITV 3 episodes
2016 Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches Presenter BBC Two 2 episodes
Play to the Whistle Himself ITV 1 episode
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Spokesperson of the United Kingdom BBC One, EBU Annual programme
Duck Quacks Don't Echo Guest Sky One 1 episode
Taskmaster Contestant Dave Series 2
2016-2017 The Last Leg Guest Channel 4 3 episodes
2016– Insert Name Here Team captain BBC Two 3 series
Child Genius Presenter Channel 4 Series 4–
2017 The Nightly Show Celebrity host ITV 1 episode
The Fake News Show Team captain Channel 4 1 series
Channel 4's Alternative Election Night Co-presenter One-off programme
Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit Contestant Dave 1 episode
2017– Richard Osman's House of Games[19] Presenter BBC Two 2 series
2018 Frankie Boyle's New World Order Guest 1 episode


  1. ^ Graham, Alison (10 June 2013). "Pointless star Richard Osman on the show that made him a TV heart-throb". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Endemol UK – Pointless". Retrieved 6 April 2016. 
  3. ^ McPhee, Rod (2014-08-13). "Pointless star Richard Osman reveals childhood agony that haunted him for decades". mirror. Retrieved 2018-07-02. 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (10 March 2012). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong is cleverer than me but he's a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Meltzer, Tom (4 June 2013). "Pointless: Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on TV's favourite quiz". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Osman, Richard (6 July 2011). "Pointless: How I became the co-host". BBC. 
  8. ^ Eames, Tom (25 June 2013). "Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC Daytime re-commissions Pointless". BBC Press Office. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Richard Osman". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Wightman, Catriona (23 April 2014). "Pointless star Richard Osman to host new BBC quiz show Two Tribes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Sam Warner (1 March 2016). "Richard Osman is hosting the new series of Channel 4's Child Genius". Digital Spy. 
  13. ^ Richard Osman [@richardosman] (25 March 2017). "And, of course, congratulations to our winner, the Chocolate Digestive! #wcob" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  14. ^ "'Total Wipeout' (2009) Overview". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bromwell High (TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  17. ^ Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "'Pointless' Co-Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". HuffPost. 6 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "Richard Osman's new quiz show House of Games revealed". Digital Spy. 18 June 2017. 

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