Pointless host Richard Osman confirms relationship with Doctor Who star

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Pointless host Richard Osman confirms relationship with Doctor Who star

Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman and Doctor Who actress Ingrid Oliver are an item.

Speaking on Boxing Day's (December 26) edition of BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, Osman revealed to Lauren Laverne that romance first sparked between the pair this summer, before Oliver moved in with him in October.

Oliver starred as Petronella Osgood in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special 'The Day of the Doctor', plus the 2014 episode 'Death in Heaven' and 2015's 'The Zygon Invasion' and 'The Zygon Inversion'.

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"[I'm] now in a place where I want to be," Osman said. "I'm happy with myself, I've got these beautiful kids, I've met the woman who I'm going to be with for the rest of my life.

"That thing of competition and ambition, you soon realise that rocket fuel disappears and it's about happiness and my kids bring me happiness and Ingrid brings me happiness."

Osman was married to jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka up until 2007, sharing teenagers Ruby and Sonny together.

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While chatting to Laverne, the bestselling author also opened up about his long-standing food addiction.

"If an alcoholic came to my house they would be shocked to see bottles of gin and bottles of wine completely untouched, and if I came to your house and there were crisps or chocolate bars untouched in the fridge, I'd be like, 'What? How are they untouched?' if I'm going through an episode," he said.

"Food is a tricky one because booze and drugs you can just give up. If you're addicted to food or to love or all these things that are sustaining, you do still have to have them and so it's quite a hard one to work your way out of.

"There's not been a day of my life since the age of nine when I haven't thought about problems with food and how it affects me and it will be with me the rest of my life."

Beat (www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk) is a charity which raises awareness and understanding of eating disorders, and supports those affected by them. Beat now has a one-to-one secure messaging service. Its phone helpline for those aged 18 and over is 0808 801 0677, and there's also a dedicated Youthline for those under 18 – 0808 801 0711.

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