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As Creative Director, Richard stood in as the sidekick when Pointless was pitched to BBC executives. They looked no further. Richard’s also a natural raconteur - sharing showbiz gossip, heaping praise on his hosts and confessing to moving to the kind of area where people use Waitrose sea salt to grit their drives.
Richard Osman is the Creative Director of Endemol UK, the successful television production company. He is, however, better known as Alexander Armstrong’s Pointless sidekick on the popular early-evening BBC quiz show.
A friend of Armstrong’s since university, legend has it that Richard only got the job when he took the part during the show’s pitch at the BBC. The pair’s chemistry contributes greatly to the show’s popularity with Alexander’s approachable presentation style and Richard the font of all pointless knowledge.
Away from the Pointless cameras, Richard has worked behind the scenes on programmes including Deal or No Deal, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Whose Line is it Anyway? He’s appeared on Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You?, and QI, and he’s guest hosted The One Show. A huge sports fan, he’s also appeared on 5Live’s Fighting Talk, coverage of the World Snooker Championships, and he competed in Let's Play Darts for Comic Relief. He also co-wrote The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World book.
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