Richard Osman, a name synonymous with British entertainment, has made a remarkable journey from the television studios to the literary world, captivating audiences along the way.

First rising to fame as the co-presenter and creator of the popular BBC quiz show Pointless, it was his transition to writing fiction with the publication of The Thursday Murder Club in 2020 that marked the beginning of a new chapter in his career.

The novel's success, followed by subsequent bestsellers, has established him as one of the UK's most beloved authors.

When he's not busy hosting TV shows and writing bestsellers, he also hosts the unmissable, The Rest is Entertainment podcast with journalist Marina Hyde.

Mini Biography

Richard Thomas Osman was born on November 28, 1970 in Billericay, Essex, England. Growing up in West Sussex, he attended Warden Park School and later studied politics and sociology at Trinity College, Cambridge.

An interesting fact is that his older brother, Mat Osman, is the bassist for the rock band Suede.

Career Beginnings

Osman began his career in television as a producer and writer. His first production credit is cited as Programme Associate on Whose Line Is It Anyway? in 1995.

From there, he worked on a number of other hugely popular British panel and quiz shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats and Total Wipeout.

He gained prominence as the creator and co-presenter of the BBC quiz show "Pointless," which first aired in 2009. His charm and wit on the show have made him a beloved figure in British television.

It also inspired his first non-fiction book, The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World, which he co-authored with Alexander Armstrong in 2012.

Transition to Writing

While Richard Osman continues to host Richard Osman's House of Games for the BBC, he turned his hand to writing fiction later in his career.

His debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club, was published in September 2020. The book was met with critical acclaim and became a bestseller, marking an impressive transition from television to literature.

With four books in the Thursday Murder Club series, Osman has sold over 10m copies globally, breaking UK sales records along the way.

Life At Home

Osman has two children from his first marriage and as of December 2022 has been married to actress Ingrid Oliver. 

Many of you will recognise her from her role in the latest season of Father Brown when she appeared in the episode The Forensic Nun opposite her real-life comedy partner, Lorna Watson, aka Sister Boniface.

Literary Achievements

To date, Richard Osman has written seven non-fiction books, largely quiz-themed, as well as four novels in the Thursday Murder Club series.

The Thursday Murder Club series features a group of elderly friends living in a retirement village in Kent who solve cold cases, blending humour and mystery in the most brilliant of ways.

Other Ventures 

Beyond his literary work, Richard Osman continues to be involved in television, both as a presenter and a producer.

His keen intellect and approachable demeanor make him a versatile figure in the entertainment industry.


Richard Osman's seamless transition from television personality to bestselling author has made him a significant figure in contemporary British culture. 

With the first in a new series of books, We Solve Murders, set for release in September 2024, Osman has promised to keep writing as long as his fans keep reading. 



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  • The Thursday Murder Club (2020)
  • The Man Who Died Twice (2021)
  • The Bullet That Missed (2022)
  • The Last Devil to Die (2023)
  • We Solve Murders (2024)
  • The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World (2012)

  • The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World (2013)

  • The Very Pointless Quiz Book (2014)

  • The A-Z of Pointless (2015)

  • A Pointless History of the World (2016)

  • The World Cup Of Everything: Bringing the Fun Home (2017)

  • Richard Osman’s House of Games (2019)


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