The QI Elves are the team of writers, researchers and comedians behind QI's shows, books and podcasts. They regularly appear on Zoe Ball's BBC Radio 2 show, and uncover the brilliant and the fascinating.
Senior Creative and Development Executive
Alex is responsible for QI's visual design - across shows, books, social media and No Such Thing As A Fish (which he also guests on). He researches and writes for QI, as well as operating its famous klaxon, and is part of the development team at QITV.
Researcher and Website Wrangler
Miranda is a researcher and writer for QI. She also contributes to QI's books, social media output and website content management. She particularly enjoys delving into historical records while wearing aggressively coloured knitwear, and is training to be a digital animator.
Tara is a researcher and writer for QI. As well as contributing to the books, she is a key part of the editorial team across all our written and audio content, and is responsible for the social media output from No Such Thing As A Fish. When she isn't haunting the bookshelves of the QI offices, Tara is training to be a digital animator.
Lauren is our token American on the QI research team, and contributes to QI’s social media presence. When not misspelling the word ‘color’, she is attempting to save the world as a research fellow at Open Philanthropy. She’s pretty sure that making jokes on the internet for QI is of equal importance, though.
Senior Researcher and Audio Editor
Manu is a researcher, writer and script editor in training for QI. She contributes to our books and YouTube content, as well as audio editing for No Such Thing As A Fish, and is training to be a digital animator. She keeps the QI office plants alive, too.
Researcher and Producer of The Museum of Curiosity
Leying researches and writes for QI, produces The Museum of Curiosity and is an audio and video editor for No Such Thing As A Fish. She is QI’s Crocheter-in-Residence, and enjoys rifling through scientific papers, interviewing actual experts and disturbing the depths of the internet, all in the name of research.
Senior Researcher and Writer; former The Museum of Curiosity Producer
Anne joined QI in 2011. She researches and writes for QI, and has produced our sister show, BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity and worked on our fact book series. She was Editor-in-Chief for the book 222 QI Answers to Your Ingenious Questions. Anne is also the author of the children’s mystery series Mickey and the Animal Spies.
No Such Thing As A Fish co-host
Andrew co-hosts No Such Thing As A Fish and has written and researched for multiple QI series and books. He co-authored The Book(s) of the Year 2017, 2018 and 2019 and his debut novel, The Last Day, published in 2020, was a Sunday Times bestseller and one of the top 10 fiction debuts of that year. His second novel, The Sanctuary, was published in 2022, and is now available in paperback.
Head of Digital; Development Creative
A former Countdown champion and Eurovision correspondent, James leads our social media team and oversees content across all our social channels, as well as working on new unscripted TV formats for QITV. He recently co-created the BBC1 quiz show The Tournament, presented by Alex Scott and produced by QITV.
No Such Thing As A Fish co-host
Dan has done lots of co-ing. He co-created and co-produced seven series of BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. He also co-created and co-hosts No Such Thing As A Fish, and he co-authored its Book(s) of the Year series and spin-off BBC2 show No Such Thing As The News. His debut book, 2022's The Theory of Everything Else, is now available in paperback. His interview podcast We Can Be Weirdos launched in June 2023.
Alexey was born in the city of Chelyabinsk (of the 2013 meteorite fame) and joined QI in 2018 after submitting 123 good facts and 5 bad puns (to show the whole range of relevant skills). Since then, he has been finding facts for @qikipedia and helping with research for the TV show. Apart from being a QI researcher, he is also a fact-checker, quiz-question writer, and the author of a blog about his work.
Senior Researcher, Data Wrangler and Audio Editor
Jack researches and writes for QI and @qikipedia, as well as editing audio for our podcasts and contributing to our books. He maintains BlueWhale, our company database, and helps manage content on our websites for QI and No Such Thing As A Fish. On top of that, he is also the boring Elf behind Underwhelming Facts.
Mandy has been a stage manager, a bookseller, a fiction reviewer for a national Sunday newspaper and a lecturer in biochemistry, all before becoming a QI Elf. She works as a researcher on our programmes and social media and contributes to QI’s books. Most recently, Mandy was a verifier for our BBC daytime quiz show, The Tournament.
Head of QI Research, No Such Thing As A Fish co-host
James is one fourth of No Such Thing As A Fish. He joined QI for the ‘C’ series, and has been a script editor for the last 5 years. He has contributed to all the QI books, co-authored The Book(s) of the Year series, and co-hosted BBC2's No Such Thing As The News. His latest book, co-written with Anna Ptaszynski, is Everything to Play For: The QI Book of Sports, due October 2023.
Researcher and Illustrator
Emily joined the research team in 2018 and is a researcher, writer and in-house illustrator for QI's social media, props and most recent books Funny You Should Ask… and 222 QI Answers to Your Ingenious Questions. A key member of the social media team on YouTube and TikTok, she also features life behind-the-scenes at QI with the @dubiouselves TikTok account, and is training to be a digital animator.
QI Founder; The Museum of Curiosity host
John created QI in 2000 and hosts BBC Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity. He is the founding producer of Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, The News Quiz, Quote...Unquote, and To The Manor Born. He had a key role in the inception of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Mr Bean. Due to a strange anomaly, he's won more BAFTAs than anyone except Dame Judi Dench (10 each).
Lydia started by providing facts for @qikipedia and now researches and writes for QI and The Museum of Curiosity. She has also worked as a question writer on The Tournament. She is an Only Connect champion and a distant descendant of Dick Turpin.
QI Script Editor, No Such Thing As A Fish co-host
Anna is a researcher, writer and script-editor for QI and co-hosts No Such Thing As A Fish. She was the curator on the latest The Museum of Curiosity series on BBC Radio 4. She has contributed to multiple QI books and The Book(s) of the Year 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is the co-author of Everything to Play For: The QI Book of Sports with James Harkin, due out October 2023.
Assistant Producer (QI), Creative and Researcher
Ethan has been an Assistant Producer on our flagship show QI for the most recent series, working as a creative and behind the camera in the QITV studio team. He also edits our podcasts, and creates content across social media and development.
Production Assistant and Researcher
Molly joined QI to work as a Production Assistant on QITV’s quiz show for BBC1, The Tournament, as well as Audible’s Allegedly… The Popbitch Podcast. She is one of the development team at QITV, and also helps with admin at QI HQ (including maintenance of our biscuit stock). In her spare time she is one half of sketch comedy duo Mudfish.