Richard Thomas Osman|
28 November 1970
Billericay, Essex, England
|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)|
Insert Name Here
The Fake News Show
Richard Osman's House of Games
|Title||Creative Director of Endemol UK|
|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. 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 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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World was published in the UK by Coronet, an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, in October 2012.
Osman is a season ticket holder at Fulham FC 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.
|1998–1999||If I Ruled the World||Creator, producer||BBC Two||2 series|
|2009–||Pointless||Co-presenter||BBC One (2011– )
BBC Two (2009–11)
|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|
|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||Presenter||BBC Two||2 series|
|2018||Frankie Boyle's New World Order||Guest||1 episode|
- 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.
- "Endemol UK – Pointless". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
- McPhee, Rod (2014-08-13). "Pointless star Richard Osman reveals childhood agony that haunted him for decades". mirror. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
- Gilbert, Gerard (10 March 2012). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Richard Osman: Alexander Armstrong is cleverer than me but he's a bit posh". Metro. 23 October 2012.
- Meltzer, Tom (4 June 2013). "Pointless: Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman on TV's favourite quiz". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- Osman, Richard (6 July 2011). "Pointless: How I became the co-host". BBC.
- Eames, Tom (25 June 2013). "Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "BBC Daytime re-commissions Pointless". BBC Press Office. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Richard Osman". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- Wightman, Catriona (23 April 2014). "Pointless star Richard Osman to host new BBC quiz show Two Tribes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- Sam Warner (1 March 2016). "Richard Osman is hosting the new series of Channel 4's Child Genius". Digital Spy.
- Richard Osman [@richardosman] (25 March 2017). "And, of course, congratulations to our winner, the Chocolate Digestive! #wcob" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "'Total Wipeout' (2009) Overview". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Bromwell High (TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "'Pointless' Co-Presenter Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird Crush". HuffPost. 6 December 2011.
- "Richard Osman's new quiz show House of Games revealed". Digital Spy. 18 June 2017.
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