Dermot O'Leary's extensive career in the world of television and radio has established him as a household name, most notably as the host of ITV’s The X Factor. You can now catch Dermot on the This Morning sofa alongside Alison Hammond as a regular host on a Friday morning, discussing the latest topics with the nation in their usual fun style. Off-screen, Dermot is also a successful author of the Toto the Ninja Cat children’s book series as well as having the pleasure of hosting the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards alongside Edith Bowman and as UNICEF’s Soccer Aid since 2010.
This autumn Dermot hosted Prince William’s initiative, The Earthshot Prize alongside Clara Amfo, a new global prize for the environment, designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next ten years. He is also fronting a new ITV series, alongside Joanna Page, The Pet Show, which will celebrate the nation’s love of animals. Featuring heart-warming stories of animals who have displayed incredible acts of heroism, to celebrity pets and anecdotes and advice from the nation’s top animal experts.
Aside from this, Dermot explores his love of music in a variety of projects, all produced by his production company Ora et Labora. These include his weekend Radio 2 show, ‘Saturday Breakfast with Dermot O’Leary’, his podcast series ‘People Just People' and a TV show for the BBC titled ‘Reel Stories’, a series that takes an exclusive look back through the lives of iconic entertainers, with a new episode of ‘Reel Stories’ coming this winter.
Born out of Dermot’s curiosity, his podcast series ‘People Just People’ sees him interviewing a range of guests he greatly admires from the worlds of sport, fashion, politics and entertainment.
Dermot has also presented and co-produced Reel Stories, a show that sees him chat to the likes of Dave Grohl, Kylie Minogue, Noel Gallagher and Rod Stewart, as they watch defining moments throughout their careers. Expect another exciting name to be announced later in the year!..read more
Since his first book The Soundtrack to My Life was published in 2014, he’s turned his hand to writing children’s books. The successful Toto the Ninja Cat series has five books to its name with the 5th book in the series, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat has recently been published in hardback.
Other career highlights include hosting The National Television Awards from 2010-2019, presenting the prestigious BRIT awards in 2017 with Emma Willis and presenting BAFTA Red Carpet Live, interviewing Hollywood A-Listers such as George Clooney, Melissa McCarthy & Amy Adams.
Dermot started his on-screen career as part of T4’s original line up, he then went on to present and produce Big Brother's Little Brother for many years. Dermot is an ambassador for both UNICEF and CAFOD as well as championing several other charities close to his heart.