Unknown legend Richard Osman, who was on the show Who Do You Think You Are?, isn’t the only famous member of the family as his brother is the bass guitarist of a hit band.
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Richard Osman has become a household name – but he’s not the only famous face in the family.
The Pointless star, who filmed the final episode after announcing his decision to leave, has a lesser-known rock star brother.
Richard’s brother, Mat Osman, is a bass guitarist and a founding member of one of the biggest Britpop bands in history – Suede.
Formed in 1989, Mat and singer Brett Anderson are the only remaining original members of the group, whose best-selling debut album for nearly ten years and topped the UK charts.
Suede was one of the ‘big quartet of Britpop’ along with other critically acclaimed bands Oasis, Blur and Pulp in 1995.
Richard once heard Mat, who was three years his senior, recording demos upstairs at their home when he was a teenager.
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“I’ve always been a fan,” Richard told The Douglas Anderson Show. “And then it broke for them very, very big in the early ’90s, and that was amazing.”
When Suede broke up for the first time in 2003, Mat began providing music for TV shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Marriage Ref, and You Have Been Watching.
He returned to playing with Suede when the band reformed in 2010, but he has also turned to writing like his younger brother.
Richard’s debut novel, The Thursday Murders Club, became the Sunday Times number one bestseller in September 2020.
While Mat’s first book, The Ruins, was published in February 2020, and his second, The Ghost Theater, was acquired by Bloomsbury in 2022.
Mat is also the Londen editor of email magazine le cool and has had his articles published in British magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer.
The boys were raised by a single mother after their father died when Richard was 9 years old.
“It was the worst thing that ever happened to me,” he told The Mirror.
“He just left and I haven’t seen him in 20 years – it’s hard.
“When you’re a kid growing up, you’re fine, as long as you have loving and caring parents. It’s only as you get older that you realize that you really miss that male role model.
“It gets you off track and takes a long time to get back on track. It takes you even longer to grow up and find yourself again.”
Richard’s mother struggled to make ends meet but managed to sustain and raise two boys alone.
He continued: “Everybody has hard times, it’s just how you deal with them. Adversities when you grow up are what make you, sometimes they become strength. But it is never It’s all good now, it’s always been bad.”
Richard returns to our screens tonight in a brand new episode of Who Do You Think You Are?.
The Pointless star is delving into his Brighton roots – and is amazed at what he discovers.
He discovers that one of his ancestors has turned into an amateur killer and ends up getting entangled in one of Brighton’s most notorious murder trials.
Another turned to crime for quick money after facing serious hardship as a fisherman.
Richard also investigates his grandfather’s military career and learns why it gave him a profound belief in the power of education, which he passed on to his grandson.
*Who do you think You Are? airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm
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