Elle Osili-Wood is an award-winning television presenter and journalist, specialising in arts and entertainment. As an arts presenter for Radio 4, and awards host for BAFTA, Elle is an industry go-to for cultural coverage, and her extensive video games career, hosting for brands including PlayStation, Xbox, 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 the arts, and has become one of the most recognisable faces, and voices, in the industry. Whether investigating the science of video games for BBC Sounds, hosting BAFTA panels, or presenting Radio 4’s Front Row, Elle brings her trademark enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to every role.
In particular, Elle is known for her incisive work as an interviewer – her experience spans hosting feature interviews with figures like Bernardine Evaristo, Elisabeth Moss, Nile Rodgers, Michael Rosen, and Hideo Kojima, presenting roundtable discussions for shows like Front Row, and red carpet hosting for BAFTA and Channel 4. Elle is also an expert in writing and presenting cultural content for mainstream audiences; whether discussing literature for The Booker Prize, explaining games tech on BBC Newsround, or exploring opera for the Royal Opera House, she is an engaging, accessible guide to arts and culture.
In addition, Elle is a video games expert, and has presented for PlayStation, Xbox, Pokémon, Ubisoft, and many more. She currently hosts BAFTA’s video games content, as well as presenting the BAFTA Games Awards, and covers games for the BBC, most recently writing and presenting the BBC Arts documentary Special Characters. She is also passionate about esports, 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.
Off-screen, Elle works widely within arts advocacy: 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, and an ambassador for Special Effect, who provide assisted gaming technology to people with disabilities.
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 huge esports finals, or chairing a convention panel.
VOICE OVER ARTIST
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 a performer, 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.