Elle Osili-Wood is a television presenter and journalist, specialising in arts, entertainment, and video games. As an arts critic for Radio 4’s Front Row, and in-house host for BAFTA, Elle is an industry go-to for arts coverage, and her extensive video games career, hosting for brands including Pokémon, PlayStation, and Ubisoft, has seen her named one of the most influential women in gaming by GamesIndustry.biz.
Having started her career as a political reporter for the BBC, Elle quickly gravitated towards her life long passion for games and the arts, and has become one of the most recognisable faces in the industry for stage and screen work. Whether investigating the science of video games for the BBC, hosting the BAFTA red carpet, presenting video features for Marvel, or reviewing opera for Front Row, Elle brings her trademark enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to every role.
As an arts journalist, Elle’s areas of expertise are theatre, film, fine art, and opera, and highlights of Elle’s work in games include presenting for PlayStation’s UK YouTube channel and live events, stage hosting Ubisoft’s annual convention, presenting shows for Dungeons and Dragons, and writing and presenting games content for BBC Breakfast, Newsround, Radio 1, and BBC Arts.
In particular, however, Elle is known for her incisive, insightful interviews with industry figures, including Hideo Kojima for BAFTA, Amy Hennig for Reboot, and Cory Barlog for PlayStation. She is also an esports fanatic, and has hosted a huge range of esports content, including the UK Esports Awards, the Omen by HP Esports Report, and ESL’s World of Esports. In addition, she wrote, produced and presented the UK’s only esports television programme, Daily Download.
Off-screen, Elle also works widely within arts advocacy, and champions the recognition of video games as art. She is a member of the BAFTA Games Committee, a Cultural Advisor for Festival UK 2022, and sits on the board of Now Play This, the annual interactive art exhibition at Somerset House. She is also a patron of the mental health charity, Safe In Our World.
LIVE STAGE & EVENT HOST
An enthusiastic, energetic event host, Elle has worked on a huge range of events around the world, and is known for her ability to engage audiences, whether presenting live from E3, hosting a huge esports final, or chairing a convention panel.
VOICE OVER ARTIST & ACTOR
As a versatile, trained voice over artist, Elle can bring any script to life – either in studio, or from her professional, broadcast standard home booth. As an actor, she can be heard in a range of games, including Yes, Your Grace, Paradise Killer, Second Star, and Pandora: Chains of Chaos.
ARTS & GAMING CONSULTANT
With over a decade of experience in arts and video games, Elle regularly provides consultancy, both for brands looking to enter the space, and studios looking to extend their reach. In addition, she is a regular speaker at conferences, covering a wide range of topics.