A lifelong Saint Johnstone supporter, Stuart was born in Letham in Perth. He is the more erudite and highbrow half of the Off the Ball show. He is a Doctor of English from the University of Hull, has studied at Harvard and has four honorary doctorates and professorships across the UK.

In his distinguished past Professor Cosgrove worked for the NME and The Face magazine before joining Channel 4, where he still works as Director of Nations and Regions.

Stuart's likes - St Johnstone FC, Northern Soul music and digital media.

Stuart's dislikes - all forms of socio-cultural bawbaggery, unless he is involved.