Rachel Riley Biography

Rachel Riley is a TV presenter known for co-presenting the game show ‘Countdown.’ Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements, and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: January 11, 1986

Nationality: British

Famous: TV Presenters British Women

Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Rachel Annabelle Riley

Born in: Rochford, Essex

Famous as: TV Presenter

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Jamie Gilbert (m. 2012–2013)

father: Christopher Riley

mother: Celia Riley

Partner: Pasha Kovalev (2014–)

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education: Thorpe Hall School, Southend High School for Girls, Oriel College, Oxford

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Rachel Riley is an English TV presenter best recognized for co-presenting Channel 4’s puzzle game show ‘Countdown’ as well as its comedy spin-off show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. A mathematics graduate of Oriel College, Oxford, she made her television debut at the age of 22. With a passion for popularizing mathematics and science, Riley then went on to co-present the shows ‘It's Not Rocket Science’ and ‘The Gadget Show’. Till date, she has also made guest appearances in a number of television programs, such as 'This Morning ', '12 Again ', 'Pointless Celebrities' and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?', to name a few. She has even participated as a contestant on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Coming to her personal life, Riley is currently in a relationship with dancer Pasha Kovalev. The couple resides together in London.

Early Career
Television Career as a Presenter
  • Rachel Riley's television debut came in 2009, when she joined Channel 4’s game show ‘Countdown’. Despite having no specific training and prior experience, she replaced the long serving presenter Carol Vorderman. As her popularity grew on ‘Countdown,’ Riley was offered the opportunity to host the show’s comedy crossover spin-off called ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ alongside comedian Jimmy Carr. From 2013 to 2014, she co-presented Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’ alongside Jason Bradbury. The English beauty hosted three series of the show until she was replaced by Amy Williams.
  • She next became a part of ITV's ‘It's Not Rocket Science’. In this show, her co-presenters were Romesh Ranganathan and Ben Miller, both of whom had a background in mathematics and science. In 2016, Riley joined Sky Sports to co-present ‘Friday Night Football’ alongside Jeff Stelling and ‘Fantasy Football Club’ with Paul Merson and Max Rushden. However, the following year, she left ‘Friday Night Football.’
As a Contestant or Guest
  • In 2013, Riley appeared as a contestant on the eleventh series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ with her dancing partner Pasha Kovalev. However, Riley was eliminated in the 6th week of the show after she lost out in the dance-off against Aljaž Škorjanec and Abbey Clancy.
  • Till date, the English beauty has also made guest appearances on a number of TV programs, such as 'Chris Moyles,' Quiz Night', 'Celebrity Mastermind ', 'Sunday Brunch', 'Pointless Celebrities', 'I Love My Country', 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire', 'Virtually Famous', 'Saturday Kitchen', 'Dispatches' and 'Through the Keyhole', to name a few.
Other Works
  • In 2009, Riley was recruited by Royal Mail to help advice tourists on how to make the most of their holiday currency. Her mathematical skills and love of football have also seen her assist bookmakers in setting up betting odds for the football tournaments.
  • Riley strives to be an educational advocate for the "geeky" subjects of science and mathematics and often visits schools to enthuse students on the "joys of quantum mechanics, applied mathematics, and time travel.
Personal Life
  • Rachel Riley was born on 11 January 1986 in Rochford, Essex, England. She studied at the independent Thorpe Hall School and later attended Southend High School for Girls where she obtained four As at A-Level. Riley then studied mathematics at the Oriel College, Oxford from where she earned an upper second-class honours degree.
  • Talking about her love life, the English beauty was earlier married to Jamie Gilbert, one of her colleagues at the University of Oxford. After spending four and a half years together, the duo initially split in 2009 before reconciling. They got married in 2012. However, they announced their separation the very next year.
  • Riley has been dating her former reality show dance partner, Pasha Kovalev, since 2014. Currently, the couple is living together in London.

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