A popular TV host, radio presenter for BBC Radio 2, and winner of a Sony Radio Award, Dermot O’Leary hosted the X Factor for eight years - and has returned in 2016. A fantastic live presenter, awards host, and 'ad-libber' at any corporate event, diversity is Dermot's strength.
Host of the X Factor, Dermot O’Leary is one of the most recognised faces in the media. He spends his Saturday afternoon’s presenting The Dermot O’Leary Show on BBC Radio 2 (3pm-6pm) having cut his teeth on XFM several years ago. He was delighted to collect a prestigious Sony Radio Award for ‘The Best Music Programme’ at the 2008 ceremony. Dermot is a fantastic live presenter, awards host and 'ad libber' at any corporate event.
Dermot successfully landed the coveted role of presenting ITV1’s The X Factor where he offers contestants support, encouragement and a shoulder to cry on as they endure the nerve wracking experience that is the judging room. He also gets the judges thoughts and feelings as they go through the processes of mentoring their singers.
In 2001, Dermot became the host of Big Brother’s Little Brother on E4, the companion show to Channel 4’s Big Brother. He continued this for 7 series taking him right through to 2007. He gained consistently high ratings and a dedicated audience that tuned in throughout the years.
He has always been a music fan and fronted both Re-Covered for BBC3, won an RTS award, nominated for a Montreaux Rose for Channel 4’s music extravaganza UK Music Hall Of Fame which featured live performances from legends such as James Brown, Brian Wilson and Bon Jovi.
Diversity is Dermot’s strength, spending the early part of his career as a researcher; he went on to establish the hugely successful T4 for Channel 4. Some of his credits include reporting from Costa Rica on the plight of the Leatherback Turtle for Extinct on ITV1, hosting prime time BBC1 quiz show 1 v 100, fronting three series of SAS Are You Tough Enough? for BBC2, Born To Win for BBC1, Some Of My Best Friends Are… Catholic and Shattered for Channel 4. He also presented Dermot’s Sporting Buddies for BBC3 which was made by Murfia, his own production company.
'Live' is Dermot's forte and he has hosted many events, including Party in the Park, The Clothes Show Live, The Empire Film Awards, The British Independent Film Awards, The Heat Crusaid Auction and most recently the Oxfam Make Trade Fair Concert.
An accomplished awards host and presenter, Dermot is as successful in live events as he is on screen.