Richard Thomas Osman (born 28 November 1970) is an English television presenter, producer, comedian, director and novelist, best known for being 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 shows Insert Name Here and The Fake News Show. Osman has gained recognition for his appearances on a wide variety of British panel shows.
Richard Thomas Osman
28 November 1970
|Education||Warden Park School|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Television presenter • producer • comedian • director • novelist|
|Years active||Early 1990s–present|
|Home town||Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England|
|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 Shine UK|
|Relatives||Mat Osman (brother)|
Osman worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, producing shows including Prize Island for ITV and Deal or No Deal for Channel 4.
Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, to Brenda Wright and David Osman, and grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. His mother is a teacher. When Osman was nine years old, his father 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). Between 1989 and 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.
Osman began his career working as executive producer on numerous British game 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. As a producer of Deal or No Deal, Osman was the one who revealed the identity of The Banker to be the show's producer Glenn Hugill.
Osman acted 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.
Presenting and PointlessEdit
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.
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 has appeared multiple times on Would I Lie to You?. He has appeared as a panelist seven times on Have I Got News for You: in December 2012, April 2013, April 2014, October 2015, December 2017, April 2018 and May 2019, as a guest on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue: twice in Series 66 2016, twice in Series 70 2018, and several times as a guest on QI.
Osman is a regular on the darts show Let's Play Darts.
Viking Press, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, acquired the rights to Osman’s debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, and one other novel, for a seven-figure sum in a 10-publisher auction in 2019. Osman's first book will be published in autumn 2020, and the second the following year, as part of a classic crime series.
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.
|1995||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Program associate||Channel 4||12 episodes|
|1998–1999||If I Ruled the World||Creator, producer||BBC Two||2 series|
|1999||Boyz Unlimited||Co-creator (with David Walliams and Matt Lucas)||Channel 4||6 episodes|
|2001||The Adam and Joe Show||Additional material||3 episodes|
|2004||Ban This Filth||Executive producer||6 episodes|
|2005||Bromwell High||Writer||12 episodes|
|2005–2017||8 Out of 10 Cats||Executive producer (41 episodes)
Edit producer (1 episode)
|2009–2010||You Have Been Watching||Executive producer||15 episodes|
|2009–2011||Total Wipeout||Script editor (36 episodes)
Program associate (9 episodes)
|BBC One||45 episodes|
|2010||Channel 4's Alternative Election Night||Executive producer||Channel 4||One-off programme|
|2011–2013||10 O'Clock Live||33 episodes|
|2012–2018||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||16 series|
|2013||Prize Island||Creator||ITV||1 series|
|2014–2016||Only Connect||Additional questions||BBC Two||5 episodes|
|2009–||Pointless||Co-presenter||BBC One (2011– )
BBC Two (2009–11)
|2011–||Pointless Celebrities||Co-presenter||BBC One||10 series|
|2014–||The One Show||Guest presenter||BBC One||7 episodes|
|2014–2015||Two Tribes||Presenter||BBC Two||2 series|
|2016||Dragons' Den: Pitches to Riches||Presenter||BBC Two||2 episodes|
|2016–||Child Genius||Presenter||Channel 4||Series 4–|
|2017||The Nightly Show||Celebrity host||ITV||1 episode|
|Channel 4's Alternative Election Night||Co-presenter||Channel 4||One-off programme|
|2017–||Richard Osman's House of Games||Presenter||BBC Two||2 series|
|2018||Re-Play 2018 with Richard Osman||Presenter||ITV||One-off programme|
|2012–2016||Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||Panellist||BBC Two||3 episodes|
|2012–2019||Have I Got News for You||Guest panellist||BBC One||Numerous episodes|
|Would I Lie to You?||Guest||7 episodes|
|2013||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 World Snooker Championship||Special guest (1 episode)
Potless presenter (3 episodes)
|BBC Two||4 episodes|
|2015||2015 World Snooker Championship||Celebrity predictions (1 episode)
Celebrity player (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|
|8 Out of 10 Cats||Channel 4||1 episode|
|2015–2017||Loose Women||ITV||3 episodes|
|2016||Play to the Whistle||Himself||1 episode|
|Duck Quacks Don't Echo||Guest||Sky One||1 episode|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2016||UK spokesperson||BBC One, EBU||Annual programme|
|2016–2017||The Last Leg||Guest||Channel 4||3 episodes|
|2016–||Insert Name Here||Team captain||BBC Two||3 series|
|2017||The Fake News Show||Channel 4||1 series|
|Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit||Contestant||Dave||1 episode|
|2018||Frankie Boyle's New World Order||Guest||BBC Two||1 episode|
|2019||Catchphrase||Celebrity contestant||ITV||1 episode|
With Alexander ArmstrongEdit
- The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World. Coronet. 2012. ISBN 9781444762051.
- The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World. Coronet. 2013. ISBN 9781444762082.
- The Very Pointless Quiz Book. Coronet. 2014. ISBN 9781444782745.
- The A-Z of Pointless. Coronet. 2015. ISBN 9781444782776.
- A Pointless History of the World. Coronet. 2015. ISBN 9781473623248.
- The World Cup Of Everything: Bringing the Fun Home. Coronet. 2017. ISBN 9781473667266.
- 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 (13 August 2014). "Pointless star Richard Osman reveals childhood agony that haunted him for decades". mirror. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
- 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.
- Eames, Tom (25 June 2013). "Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "'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.
- 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.
- Richard Osman's World Record Attempt(s), video on YouTube.
- "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.
- "Richard Osman's fiction debut scooped by Viking for seven figures in 10-way auction | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- 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.
- Osman, Richard (11 October 2013). "And for anyone asking, I promise I wasn't shaking. I have a condition called nystagmus which makes my eyes constantly flicker". @richardosman. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
- "Richard Osman's new quiz show House of Games revealed". Digital Spy. 18 June 2017.