Richard Osman has opened up about his plans to marry for the first time in his 50s, revealing that becoming engaged was a “pleasant surprise”.
The 51-year-old TV star and author – who is due to wed Doctor Who actress Ingrid Oliver, 45, this December – noted that he immediately knew they would walk down the aisle.
He told the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine: “It was never not going to happen.
“It was a very pleasant surprise, but we were both ready for it. Our hearts were open, and if your heart’s open the opportunity is there.”
Osman has two children – a daughter Ruby, 24, and 21-year-old son Sonny – from a previous relationship that ended 15 years ago, and they are expected to be present at the nuptials.
He met his fiancee 18 months ago when she was a contestant on House of Games and they went for impromptu drinks after filming.
Recalling the moment, the presenter said: “I liked her very much but I never socialise after shows because I’ve got another one the next day.
“Happily [rowing Olympian] Matthew Pinsent was on the same show, he’s such a lovely fella, and he said, ‘Let’s go for drinks,’ and I said, ‘You know, this evening I think I will.'”
Despite his excitement ahead of becoming a newlywed, Osman has also revealed the effects of ageing now he is in his 50s.
Of his passion for exercise, he said: “My skeleton lets me down, so at the moment I’m doing everything I can to stop having my knee replaced.”
While the former Pointless host has ruled out running, he has become a particular fan of boxing.
He said: “I’m fairly gentle but there’s just something about having gloves on and hitting a bag.”