Carol Vorderman
Birth Date:
December 24, 1960
Birth Place:
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
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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 Glorious 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.

Loose Women


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.”     


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SP_COP - October 10, 2014 -
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Carol Vorderman's shapely rear causes hilarious Twitter reaction as she hosts Pride of Britain Awards
SP_COP - October 09, 2014 -
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