Carol Jean Vorderman, MBE is a British media personality. She is best known for co-hosting the game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008. She was a presenter of ITV’s Loose Women from 2011 until 2014. Her father was an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation.
About Carol Vorderman in brief
Carol Jean Vorderman, MBE is a British media personality. She is best known for co-hosting the game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008. She was a presenter of ITV’s Loose Women from 2011 until 2014. She has also been a newspaper columnist and nominal author of educational and diet books, and hosting the annual Pride of Britain awards. Her father was an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. Her great-grandfather played a key role in the discovery of vitamins. Her parents separated three weeks after her birth, and her mother took the family back to her home town of Prestatyn, North Wales. She went up to read engineering at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, when she was 17. In her spare time, she was briefly a backing singer with friend Lindsay Forrest in the Leeds-based pop group Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits, fronted by radio DJ Liz Kershaw during the early 1980s. In the mid-1980s, she worked part-time in the Information Services Department of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, principally in the production of in-house video programmes. In October 2005, Des Lynam replaced Whiteley and co- Hosted with Vord Berman. In January 2007 Des O’Connor replaced Lynam; Vord Herman continued to co- host with Lynam. On July 25, 2008, after 26 unbroken years of Countdown, it was announced that she was stepping down with the show. She later said she had failed to agree terms with Channel 4 to agree a new contract.
She left the show in 2008. Her lasting success on the show led to her becoming one of the highest-paid women in Britain, ultimately earning her an estimated £1.1 million per year, the producers of the show said. She also appeared on Have I Got News for You, The Sunday Night Project and Lorraine. In June 2005, Countdown asked her if she wanted to fill the role of main presenter vacated by the recently deceased Richard Whiteley. She declined, and a search for a new presenter and a new show began while the show went into a four-month hiatus. In July 2008, the new presenter was announced and she continued to host the show until the end of the year. She then went on to appear on The Only Way Is Essex and The Great British Baking Show. In November 2010, she appeared on ITV’s The Big Match, presenting the final episode of The Big Question. In December 2011, she hosted The Big Show for the first time since the show’s inception in 1982. She appeared on The Big Brother final in January 2012. In March 2012, she presented The Great Britain Baking show for a second time. In April 2013, she also hosted The Pride Of Britain Awards for ITV. In August 2013, Vordman appeared on the Pride of UK Awards for the second time, hosting the awards. In September 2013, the awards were presented for a third time, this time in London.