Richard Osman

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Richard Osman
Born Richard Thomas Osman
(1970-11-28) 28 November 1970 (age 46)
Billericay, Essex, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Creative director, presenter, producer and director
Years active early 1990s–present
Employer Endemol UK
Height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)[1]
Television Pointless
Two Tribes
Insert Name Here
Child Genius
Children 2
Relatives Mat Osman (brother)

Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer 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 show Two Tribes and is a team captain on the comedy panel show Insert Name Here.

Osman worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, executive producing shows including Cormorant 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. Osman attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield and studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1989 until 1992, where he was a contemporary of Pointless co-presenter Alexander Armstrong, who read English Literature.[3][4]



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.[5][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] Osman's other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and the game show 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared five times on Have I Got News for You as a guest in December 2012, April 2013, April 2014 and October 2015 and also as host in October 2013.[6][8][9]

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.[10]

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 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.[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.[15] and has two children from a previous relationship; a daughter, Ruby (born 1998), and a son (born 2000). 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.[16]


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)
15 series
2011– Pointless Celebrities Co-presenter BBC One 10 series
2013 Prize Island Creator ITV 1 series
2012– Have I Got News For You Guest presenter/guest panellist BBC One Numerous episodes
2014– The One Show Guest presenter 5 episodes
Two Tribes Presenter BBC Two 2 series
2014 Not Going Out Himself/cameo role BBC One 1 episode: "Pointless"
2015 Let's Play Darts Participant / Commentator BBC Two Charity series
Danger Mouse Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz CBBC Voice only
2016 Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches Presenter BBC Two 2 episodes
Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Spokesperson of the United Kingdom BBC One, EBU Annual programme
Taskmaster Contestant Dave Series 2
2016– Insert Name Here Team captain BBC Two 2 series
Child Genius Presenter Channel 4 Series 4–


  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. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (10 March 2012). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong is cleverer than me but he's a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Meltzer, Tom (4 June 2013). "Pointless: Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on TV's favourite quiz". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Osman, Richard (6 July 2011). "Pointless: How I became the co-host". BBC. 
  7. ^ Eames, Tom (25 June 2013). "Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "BBC Daytime re-commissions Pointless". BBC Press Office. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Richard Osman". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Wightman, Catriona (23 April 2014). "Pointless star Richard Osman to host new BBC quiz show Two Tribes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Sam Warner (1 March 2016). "Richard Osman is hosting the new series of Channel 4's Child Genius". Digital Spy. 
  12. ^ "'Total Wipeout' (2009) Overview". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bromwell High (TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "'Pointless' Co-Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". Huffington Post. 6 December 2011. 

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