Carol Vorderman Biography

Carol Vorderman

Quick Facts Of Carol Vorderman

Celebrated Name Carol Vorderman
Age 58 Years
Nick Name Carol Vorderman
Birth Name Carol Jean Vorderman
Birth Date 1960-12-24
Gender Female
Profession Media Personality
Nationality British
Ethnicity White
Place Of Birth Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Eye Color Brown - Light
Marital Status Single
Height 5' 5" (165 cm)
Best Known For Countdown
High School Blessed Edward Jones High School, Rhyl

Carol Jean Vorderman, popularly known as Carol Vorderman is a British media personality. She is best known for co-hosting the popular game show, Countdown. She has co-hosted Countdown for 26 years from 1982 to 2008. She is also known for hosting the Pride of Britain awards honoring British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations. She is also known for publishing newspaper columns on internet topics, writing books, and advocating for numerous charities.

Carol Vorderman Stills Maintains Her Body To Look 20 Years Younger

A recent picture of the English broadcaster, Carol Vorderman made headlines where she has maintained her body to look 20 young younger than her original age. Though she is already 58 years old, she has an attractive body. She was compared to another fashion icon Kim Kardashian who is 39 years old. The 58-years Carol said that she was flattered to be compared with someone 20 years younger than her. 

The Countdown co-host for 26 years revealed that she has managed to maintain her body as a result of genes, exercises, and HRT. Among other exercises, she walks seven miles every day. 

The TV legend who has 2 Rear of the Year Awards won in 2011 and 2014 has two grown-up children, Katie, 26, and Cameron, 22. 

Famous For

  • Co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years.

Early Life of Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman was born on 24 December 1960. Her birth name is Carol Jean Vorderman. She was born to a father, Anton "Tony" Vorderman, and a mother, Edwina Jean. She is of Dutch and Welsh descent. Herbirthplacee is in Bedford, England. She holds English nationality. She is Catholic. She has 2 older siblings, Anton and Trixie. Her parents separated just three weeks after her birth. Her mother then took them to her home town of Prestatyn, North Wales. She grew up there. Her mother married Italian immigrant Armido Rizzi in 1970 and separated 10 years later.

She attended the comprehensive Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl. She went to Cambridge, where she studied engineering at Sidney Sussex College. She was one of the youngest women admitted to Cambridge at the time. She was only 17 then. 

Career of Carol Vorderman

She initially worked as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig Power Station in Wales.

She then worked as a graduate management trainee in Leeds.

She also worked as a backing singer with friend Lindsay Forrest in the Leeds-based pop ground Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits. It was her part-time job. 

The group recorded a version of The Undertones' hit Teenage Kicks.

She made regular appearances on the Peter Levy show on Radio Aire during the 1984-85 where she appeared mid-morning to read a story for pre-school children. 

She worked part-time in the Information Services Department of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Television Career

Vorderman's mother noticed a newspaper advertisement asking for a woman with good mathematical skills to appear as co-host on a quiz show for the fledgling fourth terrestrial channel. Her mother submitted an application on behalf of her. 

She was 21 years old when she started working as the co-host of the Countdown. 

She worked as co-hosts of the show for 26 years until 2008.

She became one of the highest paid women in Britain while working for the show. 

Richard Whitely who co-hosted Countdown with Vorderman died in 2005 and Vorderman was offered the role of the main presenter. She declined and Des Lynam replaced Whitely in October 2005. Des O'Connor replaced Lynam in January 2007. 

She stepped down from the show after Channel 4 failed to agree to terms for a new contract with her. Vorderman and O'Connor both left the show in December 2006.

Gyles Brandreth hosted Vorderman's final Countdown special show, One Last Consonant, Please Carol. 

After leaving Countdown, she continued to contribute her column to the British magazine, Reveal. 

She then presented Loose Women between September 2011 and 2014 before announced her departure in July 2014.

She is the presenter of the annual Pride of Britain Awards since 1999. 

She was one of the contestants in the second series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004. She partnered with professional dancer, Paul Killick. She became the second celebrity to be eliminated from the show.

She has presented an episode of The Sunday Night Project.

She guest presented 15 episodes of Lorraine in 2011.

She presented the ITV Food show, Food Glorious Food in 2013. 

Her recorded ITV gameshow pilot, Revolution recorded in March 2013 was announced "scrapped" by ITV in June 2013.

She was one of the contestants in the 16th series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2016, where she finished in eighth place.

She has guest appeared numerous shows such as Through the Keyhole, Celebrity Fifteen to One, Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Top Gear, Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Apprentice: You're Fired!, Chris Moyles' Quiz Night, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Question Time, The Michael Ball Show, Ask Rhod Gilbert, The Chase: Celebrity Special, The Grand Tour, The Saturday Show, Lip Sync Battle UK, The Guest List, among several others. 

Outside Television

She has had newspaper column in The Daily Telegraph, and in the Daily Mirror on Internet topics. 

She has written books on Detox diets. Her book, Detox For Life produced in collaboration with Ko Chohan and Anita Bean was the No.1 bestseller selling over 1 million copies. 

She has published several school textbooks under her name such as English Made Easy, Maths Made Easy, Science Made Easy, and How to Pass National Curriculum Maths. 

Commercial Ventures

Besides television and journalism, she has expanded her business ventures. She launched a number of Sudoku products.

She launched a brain-training game called Carol Vorderman's Mind Aerobics together with BSkyB in March 2007.

The same years, she released a video game, Carol Vorderman's Sudoku for PlayStation 2 in the United States.

After departing from Countdown, she announced a new commercial venture, her own property development, and sales company, Carol Vorderman's Overseas Homes Ltd. It specializes in overseas holiday and retirement homes in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Spain.

However, she withdrew from the firm because of the international financial downturn and the venture was suspended trading. 

She launched her new commercial venture of an online mathematics coaching system for 4 to 12-years old children in March 2010 under the name, MathsFactor.

Honors and Awards 

She was honored as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for "service to broadcasting" in the Queen's Birthday Honors in 2000.

She was elected as an Honorary Fellow Bangor University in North Wales.

She received an Honorary Degree (MA) from the University of Bath.

She was voted UK Female Rear of the Year in 2011. She again won the award in 2014 becoming the first celebrity to win it twice.

- She did not see her father until she was 42 years old. 

- Her great-grandfather Adolphe Vorderman played a key role in the discovery of vitamins. 

- She co-presented events alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce leading up to the Papal Vigil in Hyde Park in September 2010.

- She named a Class 91 (91110) "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" at the National Railway Museum as part of the Railfest 2012 Event in June 2012.

She qualified for a private pilot's license in 2014. 

- She was the first female to be appointed Ambassador to the Royal Air Force Air Cadets in their 75-year history. 

Is Carol Vorderman Dating Someone?

Carol Vorderman is unmarried at present. She might be dating someone or might be single. Nor rumors regarding her affair has surfaced. She was married twice before. She first married Christopher Mather, a Royal Navy officer, and former international rugby league player. They got married in 1985. However, their marriage lasted only for 12 months. They got divorced in 1986.

She then married a management consultant Patrick King in 1990. She had two children, Katie, born in 1992, and Cameron, born in 1997 with her second husband. They later separated in 2000. Vorderman and Des Kelly, Daily Mail columnist, and PR consultant, lived together in London from 2001 until December 2006. They announced their separation in January 2007.

She lives with her children in Bristol. 

What is Carol Vorderman's Net Worth?

She was one of the highest paid women in Britain while she was a co-host of the game show, Countdown. She earned an estimated 1 million pounds annually. Besides TV hosting, she has several business ventures of her own. Business and working in television is her major source of income. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated at $10 million. 

Did You Know?

  • She was awarded the rank of Honorary Group Captain RAFAC.
  • She has been critical of the Labour Party's education policies.
  • She is a patron of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA).
  • She appeared in the music video for New Vorder's 'Carol O Carol' in aid of the charity CLAPA.
  • She appeared in a short film, 'Run for the Future' which promotes prostate cancer awareness.
  • She has also participated in the Great North Run on several occasions to raise fund for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
  • She is an active supporter and advocate of the RAF Association charity.

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