Richard Osman

Richard Osman

Television producer, presenter, writer and director who is best known as the co-presenter and creator of the BBC1 television quiz show Pointless.

Richard Osman was born in Billericay, Essex, and grew up in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. He 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.

He worked at Hat Trick Productions before becoming creative director of the television production company Endemol UK, producing shows such as Prize Island for ITV.

Since 2009, Richard Osman has co-presented Pointless with Alexander Armstrong, and is jokingly known as Armstrong's "pointless friend". Having always worked behind-the-camera in television, it was only when he pitched the idea for Pointless to a panel of BBC executives and took the role of the host's assistant in the demonstration, that he was given the job as co-presenter.

Richard has been executive producer on numerous other shows, including Deal or No Deal, the 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 and his other credits include Whose Line is it Anyway?, Total Wipeout and 24 Hour Quiz. He has appeared as a guest several times on Have I Got News for You and was host in October 2013. Richard has also appeared many times on Would I Lie to You? and featured in Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief.

In 2014 he presented a new BBC Two quiz show called Two Tribes and a second series followed in 2015. He has also guest presented The One Show with Alex Jones.

As a writer he is script editor for Total Wipeout on BBC1. In 1999 he created and wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Boyz Unlimited with David Walliams and Matt Lucas and in 2005 he co-created and co-wrote the animated Channel 4 sitcom Bromwell High. His book The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World was published in 2012.