Pointless host Richard Osman finds true love with Doctor Who star

Richard Osman has opened up about his relationship with Doctor Who actress Ingrid Oliver, and spoke of how happy the 44 year old makes him.

Richard, best known for hosting BBC’s Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong, divorced from his wife in 2007, and shares two children with her – Ruby and Sonny.

Since then, Richard, 51, has been linked to jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka, but it’s believed the pair went their separate ways in 2020.

The best-selling crime novelist has now confirmed his relationship with Ingrid, however, and is thought to have been living with her since October.

As well as Doctor Who, Ingrid has starred in films such as The Hustle, Last Christmas, as well as TV series, Silent Witness.


Speaking on Boxing Day's edition of BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, Richard told Lauren Laverne: “[I'm] now in a place where I want to be. I'm happy with myself, I've got these beautiful kids, I've met the woman who I'm going to be with for the rest of my life.”

He continued: “That thing of competition and ambition, you soon realise that rocket fuel disappears and it's about happiness and my kids bring me happiness and Ingrid brings me happiness."

Richard also revealed to Lauren that he was affected by his own father leaving their family home when he was nine years old, and expressed his hopes that his kids will break the cycle of divorce.

He added that tells Ruby and Sonny “endlessly” how much he loves them.


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It was at the age of nine that Richard says he developed a food addiction, and went on to have therapy to help him cope with it later on in life.

Richard explained: “If an alcoholic came to my house they would be shocked to see bottles of gin and bottles of wine, completely untouched, and if I came to your house and there were crisps or chocolate bars untouched in the fridge. I’d be like, ‘What? How are they untouched?’ if I’m going through an episode.”

“It’s booze…the addiction is identical,” he went on.

“The secrecy of consuming these things, the shame behind it. And food is a tricky one because booze and drugs you can just give up.

“If you’re addicted to food or to love or all these things that are sustaining, you do still have to have them and so it’s quite a hard one to work your way out of.”

Richard went on to say that nowadays he mainly has control over his addiction, and encouraged people to “not be so afraid of life and afraid what will happen if you put yourself out there”.

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