Richard Osman

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Richard Osman
Born Richard Thomas Osman
(1970-11-28) 28 November 1970 (age 44)
Billericay, Essex, England, United Kingdom
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
Two Tribes
Children 2
Relatives Mat Osman (brother)

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

Osman 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. Osman attended Warden Park School in Cuckfield and studied 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]



Since 2009, Osman has co-presented the BBC One teatime 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] Osman's other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and the game show 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared three 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 for Comic Relief.

In 2014, Osman began presenting a new BBC Two quiz show called Two Tribes. A second series was commissioned and began airing in February 2015.[10]

In October 2014 and April 2015, Osman guest presented The One Show with Alex Jones.


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.[11][12][13]

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.[14] and has two children from a previous relationship; a daughter (born 1999) and a son (born 2000). His older 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.[15] Osman has impaired vision caused by nystagmus, a condition which causes uncontrolled movement of the eyes.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
2009— Pointless Co-presenter Including Pointless Celebrities
2013 Prize Island Creator Axed after one series
2012— Have I Got News For You Guest presenter/guest panellist Numerous episodes
2014— The One Show Guest presenter 2 episodes
2014— Two Tribes Presenter Aired on BBC Two
2015 Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief Participant Charity series aired on BBC Two


  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. ^ People | Richard Osman
  3. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (2012-03-10). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong is cleverer than me but he’s a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Meltzer, Tom (2013-06-04). "Pointless: Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on TV's favourite quiz". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  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. ^ "'Total Wipeout' (2009) Overview". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bromwell High (TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "'Pointless' Co-Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". Huffington Post. 6 December 2011. 
  16. ^ Osman, Richard (11 May 2014). "Richard Osman: 'Television is utterly democratic'". The Observer. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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