Richard Osman has fast become one of our favourite TV presenters, hosting fun BBC game shows like House of Games and formerly Pointless. After revealing his engagement to Ingrid Oliver in May, and previously opening up about his childhood and relationships, we thought we knew quite a lot about Richard. But it turns out, he actually has a famous sibling too.
Richard’s older brother (by three years0 is Mat Osman, a bass guitarist and founding member of Suede – aka one of the biggest Britpop bands to have existed, alongside Oasis, Blur and Pulp. The band was formed in 1989 and their debut album was the fastest selling in almost 10 years, going to the top of the UK charts. Now, Mat and lead singer Brett Anderson are the only remaining original members of Suede.
Speaking on The Douglas Anderson Show, Richard said he’d ‘always been a fan’ of the band and used to hear them recording demos upstairs in their house.
‘And then it broke for them very, very big in the early 90s, and it was amazing,’ he continued.
When Suede broke up for the first time in 2003, Mat started to provide music for TV shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats, and The Marriage Ref. When the band reformed in 2010, he then returned to play with them.
Each Osman brother has also demonstrated a skill for writing – The Thursday Murder Club by Richard became a Sunday Times Number One bestseller in September 2020, and Mat also has two published books titled The Ruins and The Ghost.
Richard recently featured on the BBC TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? where he discussed his family in more detail. In the episode, he delves into his Brighton roots and finds one of his ancestors turned amateur sleuth and got caught up in one of Brighton’s most notorious murder trials. The House of Games presenter also investigates his grandfather’s army career. You can watch the episode here.