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
BBC Two quiz show Two Tribes 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.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
6 External links
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. 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
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 six times on Have I Got News for You: as a guest in
December 2012, April 2013, April 2014, October 2015 and December 2017;
also as the host in October 2013.
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.
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
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 F.C. 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
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.
If I Ruled the World
BBC One (2011– )
BBC Two (2009–11)
Have I Got News for You
Guest presenter/guest panellist
The One Show
Not Going Out
1 episode: "Pointless"
Let's Play Darts
Participant / Commentator
Professor Strontium Jellyfishowitz
Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches
Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Spokesperson of the United Kingdom
BBC One, EBU
Insert Name Here
The Fake News Show
Channel 4's Alternative Election Night
Richard Osman's House of Games
1 series (+1 upcoming series)
^ Graham, Alison (10 June 2013). "
Richard Osman on the
show that made him a TV heart-throb". Radio Times. Retrieved 4
^ "Endemol UK – Pointless". Retrieved 6 April 2016.
^ Gilbert, Gerard (10 March 2012). "Pedigree chum: Is Alexander
Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?". The Independent. Retrieved 26
^ "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
^ a b Osman, Richard (6 July 2011). "Pointless: How I became the
^ 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). "
Richard Osman to
host new BBC quiz show Two Tribes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July
^ 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
Boyz Unlimited (TV Series 1999–) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.
2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
Bromwell High (TV Series 2005–)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 7 July
^ Lawrenson, Mark (17 March 2013). "Mark Lawrenson's Premier League
predictions". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
^ "'Pointless' Co-
Richard Osman Named 2011's Top Weird
Crush". HuffPost. 6 December 2011.
Alexander Armstrong on bringing variety back to Saturday
night TV". The Scotsman. 26 July 2011.
Pointless, 16 March 2011.
"The Heat Weird Crush 2011". heatworld.com.
^ "Richard Osman's new quiz show House of Games revealed". Digital
Spy. 18 June 2017.
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