DERMOT O’Leary has been a regular fixture on British television since becoming host of The X Factor in 2007.
Here, we look at his career, and what his net worth is.
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Who is Dermot O’Leary?
Dermot O’Leary was born on May 24, 1973.
The host was born and raised in Colchester, Essex, but has dual British and Irish citizenship thanks to his parents, who moved over to England from the Emerald Isle before he was born.
Dermot began his career as a radio DJ on BBC Essex before moving into TV to become one of the original presenters of Channel 4’s T4 shows.
He hosted original Big Brother spin-off show Big Brother’s Little Brother from 2001 until 2008 and took over from Kate Thornton as The X Factor host in 2007 and still presents the popular talent show.
He was controversially axed in 2015 but returned in 2016.
Dermot also has a keen interest in birds and has been contributing to BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Week, where he discusses the birds that he has spotted that day.
In May 2018, he co-presented the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding with Kirsty Young.
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The 46-year-old had a busy 2018, joining forces with Edith Bowman to present the red carpet coverage of the Baftas.
In 2019 Dermot announced his was stepping down as the host of the NTAs after 10 years in the role, passing the baton to Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams.
Who is Dermot O’Leary’s wife Dee Koppang?
Dermot has been with wife Dee Koppang since 2002, when the two met at a TV production company.
While Dermot moved into presenting, Dee, 41, is a producer and a director, best known for her directorial work on The Crown and Justin Bieber: All Around the World.
The couple became engaged in New York in November 2011, then married in Kent in September 2012.
How many children does he have?
On February 1, 2020, Dermot revealed the pair were expecting their first child together – 18 years after they first met.
On June 27, the couple announced the birth of a son.
Taking to Instagram, O’Leary wrote: “Welcome to the world baby Koppang O’Leary.
“We’re delighted to announce that we’ve had a baby!
“Enjoying the cuddles in the newborn bubble… cats yet to be 100% convinced. Lots of love, Dermot & Dee x”
The post was accompanied by a photo of a babygrow with the words, “Koppang O’Leary Productions Est. 2020”, written across it.
What is Dermot O’Leary’s net worth?
Having worked in TV for a number of years, and fronted The X Factor since 2007 – with just one year away which we’ll pretend didn’t happen – Dermot has built up a fantastic career, which comes with a price tag.
He also has his hugely successful BBC Radio 2 show, which he presents every Saturday morning.
What religion is Dermot O’Leary?
Dermot is a practicing Roman Catholic.
In an interview with Peter Stanford of the Daily Telegraph in February 2008, he “cheerfully” admitted using contraception while living with his future wife: “I do get it in the neck from some Catholics who say I am a buffet Catholic, picking and choosing the bits I like or don’t like.”
What is his net worth?
Per Celebrity Net Worth, O’Leary is worth around £10million.
He reportedly signed an £8million, four-year contract to return to The X Factor in 2017.
This made him the best-paid solo presenter on British telly.