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]

Career[edit]

Television[edit]

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 and April 2014 and also as host in October 2013.[8][9][10]

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.[11]

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

Writing[edit]

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., and has two children.[15] 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.[16] Osman has impaired vision caused by nystagmus, a condition which causes uncontrolled movement of the eyes.[17]

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