Carol Vorderman Bio
Carol Jean Vorderman, MBE (born 24 December 1960) is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008, publishing newspaper columns on internet topics, writing books on subjects ranging from school textbooks on mathematics to a #1 best-selling book on Detox diets, advocating for numerous charities, and hosting the Pride of Britain awards each year to honour British people who have acted bravely or extraordinarily in challenging situations.
Vorderman’s career began in 1982 when she joined Channel 4 game show Countdown. She appeared on the show most recently with Des O’Connor, and previously with Des Lynam and before that Richard Whiteley (from 1982 until his death in 2005). Vorderman left the show in 2008. While appearing on Countdown, Vorderman began presenting other shows for various broadcasters including Better Homes and The Pride of Britain Awards for ITV, as well as guest hosting shows such as Have I Got News for You, The Sunday Night Project and Lorraine.
Vorderman was a presenter of ITV’s Loose Women from 2011 until 2014.
Carol Vorderman Bioography
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Carol Jean Vorderman
24 December 1960
Pride of Britain Awards (1999—)
Loose Women (2011–2014)
Food Glorious Food (2013)Lorraine (2018)
|Parent(s)||Tony Vorderman (1920–2007; deceased)
Edwina J. Davies (1928–2017; deceased)
Carol Vorderman Early life and education
Vorderman was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire, the youngest of three children of Dutch father Anton ‘Tony’ Vorderman (1920–2007) and Welshmother Edwina Jean (née Davies, 1928–2017). Her parents separated three weeks after her birth, and her mother took the family back to her home town of Prestatyn, North Wales, where Vorderman and her siblings, Anton and Trixie, grew up in a one-parent household. Vorderman did not see her father again until she was 42. In 1970, her mother married Italian immigrant Armido Rizzi. The couple separated ten years later. Vorderman’s father remarried; his wife died in the early 1990s.
Vorderman was educated at the comprehensive Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl. In 1978, when she was 17, she went to Cambridge, where she read engineering at Sidney Sussex College. Vorderman went to Cambridge as one of the youngest women admitted at the time.\. Her degree was only a Third, a result she herself has described as having been “disappointing”.
Vorderman did not trace the Dutch side of her family until 2007 (as part of the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?) It was only then that she discovered that her father had been an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. He died while the programme was being filmed. Her great-grandfather Adolphe Vorderman played a key role in the discovery of vitamins.
Carol Vorderman Early career
Vorderman initially found employment as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig Power Station in Wales and later as a graduate management trainee in Leeds. 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. The group recorded, among others, a version of The Undertones’ hit Teenage Kicks (one of the tracks Vorderman had to identify during the “intros round” when she appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in December 2009 – the series often includes questions from contestants’ pasts). During 1984-85 she made regular appearances on the Peter Levy show on Radio Aire, appearing mid-morning to read a story for pre-school children.
Carol Vorderman Honors and awards
Vorderman was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for “services to broadcasting” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2000. She has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University in North Wales and, in 2000, received an Honorary Degree (MA) from the University of Bath.
Vorderman was voted UK Female Rear of the Year in 2011. In 2014 she became the first celebrity to win the award twice.
Carol Vorderman Political view
Vorderman has been critical of the Labour Party’s education policies. In February 2009, it was announced that she was to head a task force established by the Conservative Party to look at the teaching of mathematics. David Cameron commented, “Carol has got a passion for maths. We have all seen that on Countdown with her brilliant mental arithmetic and she is going to lead this task force so we can get the answers right.”
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