Dermot O'Leary's Television and radio work has made him a household name.
He started his career presenting for T4 then went on to present and produce Big Brother's Little Brother. In 2007 Dermot landed the coveted role hosting ITV’s X Factor and will be hosting the new spin-off edition of X Factor Celebrity 2019...read more
Dermot has recently launched a weekly podcast on Audible called People, Just People, which features thought-provoking interviews with individuals from all walks of life. With honest and good-natured curiosity, Dermot pursues great conversations in unexpected places to find out what drives each guest to do the things they do.
Dermot has also chaired the debate and interviewed party leaders for First Time Voters Question Time on BBC3 and regularly presents Unicef's Soccer Aid. Dermot also hosts his Saturday morning Radio 2 show, 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.
A year on, Dermot presented and co-produced Channel 4’s Battle of Britain, a two-part series commemorating the 75th anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in British history. The second episode included a live fly-past of over 40 Hurricanes and Spitfires in what was an incredibly emotional day for the survivors, pilots and passengers who attended.
In February 2017 Dermot secured a live presenting role, hosting the prestigious Brit Awards alongside Emma Willis. A year on he was asked to present the BAFTA Red Carpet Live, interviewing Hollywood A-Listers such as Salma Hayek, Sam Rockwell and Kristen Scott-Thomas. He will be returning to the carpet again this year to co-present alongside Edith Bowman.
Dermot launched a successful male grooming range with Marks and Spencer in June 2017. The collection ‘24.hr’ includes high quality hair and body wash, face creams and fragrances.
His first Children’s book Toto the Ninja Cat and The Great Snake Escape was published in September 2017. After topping various books charts to date, his follow up book Toto the Ninja Cat and The Incredible Cheese Heist was published last Autumn. Now we are pleased to announce the third book in the series Toto the Ninja Cat and the Superstar Catastrophe which was published in September 2019. All books are available online and in bookstores.
After celebrating his 10th and final year presenting the NTA’s this January, he also took part in BBC Two’s history series, Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century. Travelling from Ireland to Tanzania he explored the lives of world famous explorers including Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Bell, Neil Armstrong and Jane Goodall, telling the stories behind their legacies.
Earlier this year, Dermot fronted ITV's Small Fortune. Deemed the world’s smallest physical game show, it followed teams of friends and family tackling miniature games in a bid to win a £150,000 prize.
In 2018 Dermot presented and co-produced Reel Stories - a BBC 2 pilot featuring an exclusive look back at iconic entertainer’s lives. The pilot episode sees Dermot chatting to Kylie Minogue as they sit back and watch defining moments throughout her career. Following the success of the pilot, the BBC has since commissioned three episodes. The second episode of the series features Dermot reminiscing with Noel Gallagher. Both episodes are available to watch on BBC iplayer now.