Dermot O'Leary's television and radio work has made him a household name.
Dermot started his career on T4 for Channel 4, and went on to present and produce Big Brother's Little Brother. In 2007 Dermot landed the coveted role hosting ITV’s The X Factor and presented eight concurrent series, deftly holding the judges to account on a weekly basis. Dermot has also chaired the debate, and interviewed party leaders, for First Time Voters Question Time on BBC3, he regularly presents Unicef's Soccer Aid and has hosted The National Television Awards since 2010.
2017 saw Dermot launch his new Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2, Saturday Breakfast with Dermot O’Leary. Previously in the Saturday afternoon slot, The Dermot O’Leary Show won three Sony Radio Awards and was well known for its support of new and emerging bands.
In 2014 Dermot hosted the RTS award winning 'Live from Space’ season on Channel 4. A major interactive TV event featuring a live two-hour broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS) and Mission Control in Houston, viewers watched as the ISS completed an entire orbit of the Earth. Later that year, Dermot’s first book The Soundtrack to My Life, a musical memoir, was published by Hodder, and is currently out in paperback...read more
The end of 2015 saw Dermot take to the helm of Channel 4’s Battle of Britain, a two-part series he co-produced commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in British history. The second episode included a live flypast of over 40 Hurricanes and Spitfires in what was an incredibly emotional day for the survivors, pilots and passengers who attended.
Dermot made a much anticipated and triumphant return to The X Factor in 2016 and hosted the Brit Awards alongside Emma Willis in February 2017. The early part of the year saw Dermot take the reigns of The Nightly Show on ITV. The only host asked back for a second week, his guests included Ant and Dec, James Blunt and John Cleese.
His first children’s book, ‘Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape’ is out now with Hodder and has topped various books charts to date. Dermot launched a successful male grooming range with Marks and Spencer in the summer of 2017. Products including two fragrances and an all in one day cream proved popular with customers and the range will expand further in 2018.