A DIDCOT-BORN comedian is deadly serious about his new role as an ambassador for the UK's leading autism charity.

Multi award-winning stand-up comedian and presenter Matt Richardson has taken up the position with the National Autistic Society alongside autistic younger brother Alex.

While the former St Birinus School pupil is used to the spotlight, his brother is about to embark on a career behind the camera - in TV and film production.

But the pair will work together as they seek to raise awareness for autism in their new roles.

Matt said: “I was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador, it’s an awesome charity and one close to my heart.

"When Alex was first diagnosed my mum and dad got lots of helpful advice from the National Autistic Society’s website.

"This meant they could give Alex the best support, especially when he faced some difficult times at school.

“I’m so proud of what Alex has achieved, he’s creative and ambitious and illustrates what can be achieved by autistic people when those around them understand autism and support them in the right way.”

Alex added: “I am very happy and proud to be an ambassador for the National Autistic Society because I want to share my story and experiences in the hope that it might help other young people to see the positive outcome and not feel embarrassed or afraid to talk about it.”

Mr Richardson has enjoyed significant success since starting stand-up in 2009, including co-hosting the Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack and appearing on primetime shows Celebrity Juice and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

He also currently hosts Virgin Radio’s drive-time show.

The 27-year-old will now hope to use his fame to positively influence the lives of the 700,000 autistic people living in the UK.

National Autistic Society chief executive Mark Lever said: "It’s clear from the very first time you meet Matt and Alex that they have a great bond and share a joint passion to improve the lives, especially the job opportunities, of autistic people living in the UK.

“With their support and because of their willingness to share personal experiences of autism with the public, we’ll be able to move a little bit closer to creating a world that really works for autistic people and their families.”