TV host Richard Osman, whose BBC quiz show Pointless is said to be a favourite of the Queen’s, became an unlikely sex symbol when his geeky charm won him hordes of female fans who voted him the nation’s ‘weirdest crush’.
Sadly his numerous admirers — many of whom propose marriage via social media — will be heartbroken to learn he only has eyes for one woman.
I can reveal that two years after splitting from Absolute radio host Emily Dean, Richard has found love with jazz musician and Ronnie Scott’s star Sumudu Jayatilaka.
‘I can reveal that two years after splitting from Absolute radio host Emily Dean, Richard Osman (left) has found love with jazz musician Sumudu Jayatilaka (right)’
Sumudu (pictured) sang in front of millions when she performed at the Millennium Dome celebrations to usher in the year 2000
The 48-year-old, who separated from the mother of his two teenage children 12 years ago, brought Sumudu as his date to the Fitzdares’ ‘Sports Quiz You Can’t Google’, which he hosted this week at crooner James Blunt’s pub, The Fox And Pheasant, in Chelsea.
‘We met through mutual friends. I just looked down and there she was,’ he tells me. ‘I’m always looking down because everybody is short to me.’
Sumudu (pictured) was revealed to be the latest flame of Pointless host Richard Osman after she attended The Quiz You Can’t Google at James Blunt’s pub
That is no tall tale: at 6ft 7in, he towers over Yorkshire-born Sumudu, 39, a singer-songwriter of Sri Lankan descent who is only 5ft 2in. ‘We don’t really notice the height difference, though,’ he insists.
Last December Sumudu, who has sung with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick and Elvis Costello, made an appearance on Richard’s game show when she performed in the Pointless Christmas special.
The jazz singer – who has performed in front of the Queen – is now dating the Pointless star
No stranger to the limelight, she made her BBC TV debut at 15 performing one of her own songs, and, while studying medicine at Sheffield University, went on to sing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Like Richard, whose older brother Mat became a rock star as bassist with the Britpop band Suede, she enjoys a royal connection having sung live in front of the Queen for the Millennium countdown celebrations at the Dome in London.
Rhythm, however, doesn’t come as naturally to Richard. ‘They asked me if I would do Strictly Come Dancing this year,’ he adds.
‘I told them honestly I don’t have time to do all the training — and have the affair.’
Richard won over hordes of female fans after he began presenting Pointless alongside comedian Alexander Armstrong in 2009.
In 2011 he was voted top of Heat magazine’s ‘Weird Crush’ poll and has previously admitted that he has been proposed to on Twitter.
Two years later in an interview with Radio Times, Richard revealed that his teenage daughter was mortified by his new sex-symbol status.
‘My daughter is appalled by it at all times, but you know you have to appal your 14-year-old daughter otherwise you’re not doing your job as a father.’
Acknowledging that he had indeed been inundated with offers of marriage on social media, he added: ‘I am almost certainly not going to say yes to a Twitter marriage proposal.’
Pointless star Richard Osman is dating jazz singer Sumudu Jayatilaka after he previously found love with Emily Dean (pictured, left, and, right, with the quiz show star)
Profile: Who is jazz performer Sumudu Jayatilaka?
The performer is of Sri Lankan descent and was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. She moved to Scunthorpe, where she spent her childhood, and now lives in London.
Sumudu is a master of many instruments, having learned from a young age. She plays the piano, violin, guitar, flute and accordion among others.
She was just 15 when she made her BBC Television debut singing an original song. While studying medicine at Sheffield University, she was vocal chair of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra from 1997 to 2000. She recorded her debut album ‘Who’s Blue’ in 1999.
The jazz musician (pictured) is dating Pointless star Richard Osman, despite the huge height difference
Sumudu sang live in front of the Queen for the Millennium countdown at the Dome in London. The musician also sang ‘Alfie’ for Burt Bacharach & Hal David at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She appeared on the bill alongside Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello and Sir Bob Geldof.
Sumudu has sung for Disney at the BBC Proms in Hyde Park and has held residencies at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London.
Her 2011 album ‘Waiting For You’ was made with Grammy Award winning producer Kipper. Sumudu was a featured artist on the soundtrack of ‘Anima’, a film written by Fabrizio Ferri in which she also appeared.
She recorded her part of the soundtrack at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra. Acts she has opened for include Mica Paris, Curtis Stigers, Ron Sexsmith and Mark King.
Back in black, it’s Christy at 50
She was one of the original supermodels in the Nineties alongside Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, and yesterday Christy Turlington made a spectacular comeback 25 years after retiring from the catwalk.
The Californian beauty, who has two children with Hollywood actor Edward Burns, returned to front-line fashion in New York wearing a black feather dress with a matching fascinator and leather boots.
‘Marc Jacobs invited me to close his beautiful show and I couldn’t resist,’ she explains. ‘I have known and loved this man since I met him at the age of 16.
‘I turned 50 this year and have arrived at a place where “Why the F not” is the answer that comes up when I ask myself questions.’
She was one of the original supermodels in the Nineties alongside Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, and yesterday Christy Turlington (pictured) made a spectacular comeback 25 years after retiring from the catwalk.
Smoothie actor Nigel Havers has revealed how he watched veteran former James Bond star Sir Sean Connery lose his temper on the golf course.
Nigel, 67, says of Sir Sean, now 88: ‘I once played golf with Sean Connery, it was with my mate and Sean was with someone else. There was a bit of money involved and Sean was quite bad tempered. I remember in the bunker he threw his wedge right out of the bunker, just like that.
‘I could hear quite a bit of language, a lot of swearing, and then he emerged.’
Fox yearns for thrill of the chase
Actor Laurence Fox, who plays Viscount Palmerston in the ITV series Victoria, is clearly champing at the bit to take on a more frisky role.
‘I would like to play an English Indiana Jones on horseback and I’m not kidding,’ the 40-year-old Old Harrovian tells me. ‘I would love for someone to ask me what am I doing today and for me to reply: “I’m going on a horse and have to go shoot someone with a bow and arrow”.
‘I would rather that than be in some courtroom jury drama and having to be stuck in there for eight hours. No thanks.’
She should be so blooming lucky: Kylie’s giant Valentine
Pop pixie Kylie Minogue is in the pink as she shows off the giant bouquet of roses to mark her first Valentine’s day with her boyfriend Paul Solomons.
The singer, 50, wearing a matching pink outfit, met the 43-year-old creative director of British GQ magazine last year.
‘It’s going great, it’s fabulous,’ she said of their relationship last autumn.
‘Just when you think: “Will it ever happen?” — and it came and surprised me.’
Kylie was previously engaged to toyboy actor Joshua Sasse who was 20 years her junior, but the relationship imploded.
Pop pixie Kylie Minogue is in the pink as she shows off the giant bouquet of roses to mark her first Valentine’s day with her boyfriend Paul Solomons
Having been plagued by anxiety for years, actress and ex-Strictly star Georgia May Foote is still suffering from attacks. ‘Anxiety is a word that’s often overused — and as a result, not everyone takes it seriously,’ the 28-year-old says. ‘Last year, mine got really bad. It was quite unbearable at times. The silliest things would set me off. I’d put on a wash and then discover that I’d dropped a sock on the way and that would make me have a panic attack.’
He might have written Love Actually, but Richard Curtis is not much of a romantic.
The romcom king took his broadcaster partner Emma Freud out to a Valentine’s dinner but dashed back home for the second half of a football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund. Freud revealed her top Valentine’s tip: ‘We always have supper the night before. That way you can get a restaurant booking — and aren’t sitting in a room of couples.’
But will the wedding-shy Richard and Emma celebrate their 30th anniversary next year by finally tying the knot?
Why Joss only wants to be with her pooch
She once enjoyed puppy love with Prince Harry, but now the apple of Joss Stone’s eye is her pooch. The soul singer, 31, shared this picture of her hugging her teacup poodle named Dusty Springfield. ‘I just love, love,’ she gushes in the caption.
The Devon-born star also owns a Rottweiler called Missy Elliott , a German Shepherd-collie cross called Maggie, and Igor, a Caucasian Ovcharka.
Stone previously revealed how she has a pack of dogs to make her feel safe and says she would never date anyone who didn’t like dogs.
‘She once enjoyed puppy love with Prince Harry, but now the apple of Joss Stone’s eye is her pooch’
Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo, who has been dating top rugby coach Carl Douglas, 54, for three months, reveals she’s already introduced him to her family.
‘We’ve been doing the rounds; he’s met my daughter Leah and my son Ty,’ the beauty entrepreneur, 63, tells me. ‘He was married before and I’ve met his four kids who are all grown up.
‘My kids love him, they approve, which is very important to me.
I’m very happy about that because usually they don’t approve of my boyfriends.’