Dermot spends his Saturday afternoons 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 successfully landed the coveted role of presenting ITV1’s The X Factor in 2007. He will be on hand again this year to offer contestants support, encouragement and a shoulder to cry on as
they endure the nerve-wracking audition experience, as well as presiding over Simon, Louis, Cheryl and Dannii once the show reaches the live studio every Saturday evening.
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 seven 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.
When Dermot has some spare time, he loves anything marine-based like sea fishing and surfing or you may see him out on his newly acquired Royal Enfield motorbike or supporting his beloved Arsenal FC.