QI (BBC One/Two/Four/Talkback; 2003-)

Key:  male   female   other/diverse 

By @astronomyblog & @LoveGraphs. Stats last updated 4 January 2019.

It seems there may have been at least 229 shows and 1147 listed appearances. With 5 people per show, iPlayer and Comedy.co.uk have 0% more appearances listed than required (and probably a similar percent of people) perhaps due to listing special guests. The host/captains/regulars have included Alan Davies (Regular × 229), Stephen Fry (Host × 187), Sandi Toksvig (Host × 42, Panellist × 17).


Total appearances:

80.2% (920)
19.8% (227)

Guest appearances i.e. ignoring the host/captains/regulars:

73.1% (504)
26.9% (185)


All people:

66.0% (107)
34.0% (55)

Guests i.e. ignoring the host/captains/regulars:

65.6% (105)
34.4% (55)


This Independent article from 2009 talks about the lack of women on QI.

I'd previously used IMDB as a source for QI but it over-estimated appearances by 25%. I first switched to comedy.co.uk and later to iPlayer as a source. IMDB seems to have been over-estimating the number of women more than it over-estimated the men!

In 2016 Sandi Toksvig took over from Stephen Fry as host of QI. Having a woman as a regular is one way to make a large difference to the overall stats.

Last updated: 2019/01/04