British media personality Carol Vorderman is most famous for
co-presenting the well known game show “Countdown” from
1982 to 2008. She is also the host of “Pride of Britain
Awards” (1999-?) and “Loose Women” (2011-?). In 2013,
she presented an eight part cookery series on ITV called “Food
Vorderman has two children with Patrick King, whom she married in 1990
until they separated in 2000. She previously married Christopher Mather
(together 1985-1986). Following her divorce from her second husband,
Vorderman lived together with Daily Mail columnist and PR consultant
Des Kelly in London and in their other house in Glandore, West Cork,
Ireland, for five years from 2001 to December 2006.
Mother of 2
Childhood and Family:
The youngest of three, Carol Jean Vorderman was born on December 24,
1960, in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, to a Dutch father and a Welsh
mother. Three weeks after Carol's birth, her parents divorced, and
Carol and her siblings, Anton and Trixie, went on to live in Prestatyn,
North Wales, the home town of their mother. Her mother remarried in
1970, to an Italian immigrant, but they later separated. Carol did not
meet her father again until she was 42.
Carol was educated at St Mary's School, Rhyl, Wales and Blessed Edward
Jones High School, Rhyl, Wales. She studied Engineering at Sidney
Sussex College, Cambridge, and graduated in 1981.
Carol married first husband Christopher Mather, a Royal Navy officer
and former international rugby league player, from 1985 to 1986.
She married second husband Patrick King, a management consultant, in
1990. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter Katie King, in
1991. Her second child, a son Cameron King, was born in 1997. The
couple separated in 2000.
Currently, Carol lives in Bristol with her mother, her two children and
her best friend Mandy long with her own two teenage boys.
Carol Vorderman first worked as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig
Power Station in Wales and then as a graduate management trainee in
Leeds. She also spent a brief time as a back up singer for the
Leeds-based pop group Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits, fronted by radio
DJ Liz Kershaw during the early 1980s.
Vorderman's television career got an auspicious start when the Mensa
member was selected as a co-host on the quiz show
“Countdown,” which premiered on Channel 4 on November 2,
1982. She appeared on the show with Richard Whiteley from its inception
until Whiteley's death in June 2005. She went on to host the show with
Des Lynam from October 2005 to Lynam's departure in January 2007 and
then with Des O'Connor until they both left the show in December 2008.
Since 1999, Vorderman has presented the annual “Pride of Britain Awards,” which are televised by ITV.
In 2011, along with Sally Lindsay, Vorderman joined the ITV lunchtime
television programme “Loose Women” as new presenters
following the axe of Kate Thornton and Zoë Tyler. She made her
live show debut on September 5, 2011. Vorderman and fellow “Loose
Women” anchor Andrea McLean presented two/three shows a
week from September 2011 to June 2013. Since September 2013, Vorderman
only hosts one episode per week. The show's current anchors are
Vorderman, Kaye Adams, Ruth Langsford, and Andrea McLean.
Vorderman hosted the television culinary programme “Food
Glorious Food,” which broadcast on ITV from February 27, 2013 to
April 24, 2013.
On the Journalism front, Vorderman has had newspaper columns in The
Daily Telegraph, and in the Daily Mirror on Internet topics. She also
has contributed her column to the British magazine Reveal. Vorderman
has written books on Detox diets. Her book, “Detox For
Life,” which was produced in collaboration with Ko Chohan and
Anita Bean and published by Virgin Books, became a No.1 best seller and
sold more than a million copies.
Vorderman has launched many Sudoku products. She released “Carol
Vorderman's Mind Aerobics,” a brain-training game, and a
video game for PlayStation 2 in the United States called “Carol
Vorderman's Sudoku” both in 2007. In 2010, she launched a
commercial venture of an online mathematics coaching system for 4
– 12-year-old children called the “MathsFactor.”