Ingrid Oliver
Ingrid Oliver 2017.jpg
Oliver at Super Retrocon, April 2017
Born (1977-02-25) 25 February 1977 (age 45)
London, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, comedian, writer
Years active2005–present

Ingrid Oliver (born 25 February 1977) is a British actress and comedian, and one half of the comic double act Watson & Oliver. She is known for playing Petronella Osgood, a supporting character in the BBC television series Doctor Who.


Oliver and her comedy partner Lorna Watson met at Tiffin Girls' School in Kingston upon Thames.[1] In September 2005, Watson and Oliver performed their first show together at the Canal Cafe Theatre in London. Since then they have taken sell-out shows to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in both 2006 and 2007.[2]

Oliver has performed in various radio and television programmes, including Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes, The Penny Dreadfuls' radio series The Penny Dreadfuls Present... The Brothers Faversham[3] and the radio series Another Case of Milton Jones. She played the part of Natalie in Peep Show on Channel 4.

She appears in the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging as Miss Stamp, and in early 2009 could be seen in Channel 4's sitcom Plus One.[4]

In 2010, Oliver played Mimi Throckmorton in Material Girl on BBC One, alongside Lenora Crichlow and Dervla Kirwan.[5] In 2012, she appeared on Let's Dance For Sport Relief with comedy partner Lorna Watson, dancing Boléro, famously used by Torvill and Dean. The following year, she appeared in the first episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off and was named as 'Star Baker'. The same year, she appeared in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor", as Petronella Osgood. She reprised the role in the episodes "Death in Heaven",[6] "The Zygon Invasion", "The Zygon Inversion", UNIT, an audio drama spinoff series produced by Big Finish Productions, and Doctor Who: Redacted, a BBC radio drama spinoff series.

Personal life

Her grandfather, Eric Gideon, was a D-Day veteran who died in 2017, shortly after receiving the Legion d'Honneur for his service to France during the war. Her mother is Conservative MP Jo Gideon, who became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent Central in 2019.

As of 2021 she has been in a relationship with Richard Osman[7] Oliver has British and German nationality.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Footprints in the Snow Back-Up Organiser
2005 Doc Martin Radio Technician Episode: "Aromatherapy"
2006 Vital Signs Mother #2 Episode: "Episode #1.2"
2007 Biffovision Mrs. Peggy
2007 Watson and Oliver: The Movie Herself
2007 Comedy Showcase Rebecca Black
2008 The Gym Miriam 1 Episode
2008 Peep Show Natalie Episode: "Jeremy's Mummy"
2008 Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Mrs. Stamp
2008 Tonightly Ingrid Episode: "Episode #1.1"
2008 The Wrong Door Various Characters 6 episodes
2009 Plus One Rebecca Black 5 episodes
2009 The Fixer Sadie Episode: "Episode #2.4"
2010 The Persuationists Harriet Episode: "The Australianess"
2010 Material Girl Mimi Throckmorton 6 episodes
2011 Twenty Twelve Assistant producer of The Today Programme Episode: "Episode #1.6"
2011 Lead Balloon Jenny Episode: "Pig"
2012-2016 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margret Yancy McPickles / Vanessa Blojabditz 4 episodes
2012–2013 Watson & Oliver Various Characters 12 episodes
2013–2015 Doctor Who Petronella Osgood 4 episodes
2014 Game Face Clare
2014 96 Ways to Say I Love You Cammy
2016 Plebs Camilla Episode: "Justin Junior"
2016 The Magicians Dragon (voice) Episode: "The Rattening"
2019 Silent Witness D.I. Briggs 2 Episodes
2019 The Hustle Brigitte Desjardins
2019 Last Christmas Police Woman Crowley
2021 The Watch Doctor Cruces 4 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Doctor Who Infinity Osgood (voice) [9]
2021 Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins Osgood [10]


Year Title Role Notes
2019-present Party's Over Christine Tobin


  1. ^ Lee, Veronica (19 February 2012). "Watson & Oliver: It's hi from me... and hi from her". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Watson and Oliver", Edinburgh Guide Review, 2007.
  3. ^ The Penny Dreadfuls, BBC7.
  4. ^ "Who can fill French and Saunders' shoes?", The Guardian, 20 October 2008.
  5. ^ "BBC One:Programmes – Material Girl". BBC..
  6. ^ Wales online (JPEG)
  7. ^ "Richard Osman opens up to Desert Island Discs about food addiction". BBC News. 26 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Comedian INGRID OLIVER vs Brexit plus V For Vendetta revisited". Remainics. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Doctor Who Infinity launches on PC and Mac, new trailer released". GARY COLLINSON. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  10. ^ "The Lonely Assassins, the new mobile game, is out now". Doctor Who. Retrieved 19 March 2021.