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Rachel Riley is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown.

Rachel took part in the 11th series of Strictly Come Dancing for 5 weeks and was the co-presenter of the Gadget Show on Channel 5.

In February 2015, Rachel co-presented EE’s live online coverage of the BAFTA red carpet, interviewing Eddie Redmayne, Mark Strong, Tom Hiddlestone and Rene Russo, amongst others. 

She is a resident team member on the C4 hit comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown having appeared as a regular guest on the original 8 Out of 10 Cats. She has also appeared on BBC primetime shows Room 101I Love My Country, Britain's Brightest, The Guess List, Top Gear and Would I Lie To You. In December 2014, Rachel presented Memory Slam (Watch), which saw a group of ordinary kids trained up to be memory geniuses and compete against each other in the UK Schools Memory Championships.

Rachel is an avid Manchester United fan and presented a special show for MUTV alongside Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand, as well as an exclusive live studio interview with Andy Cole. In January 2015, Rachel combined her love of football with her mathematical expertise to present a Maths of the Day segment for Football Focus (BBC One), as part of a new BBC Learning initiative to encourage fans to get engaged with ‘the maths behind the match’ She has also appeared as a guest on Soccer AM (Sky Sports), BBC Radio 5 Live's Fighting Talk, talkSPORT radio and BT Sport’s Follow the Football.

She appeared in the series 24 Hours to Go Broke (Dave) where, teamed with comedian Joe Wilkinson, she was tasked with spending £10,000 in a day in Thessaloniki, GreeceRachel was thrown in to some bizarre and challenging situations involving vegetables, Greek Gods, and a fancy dress football match.

Rachel has put her grey matter to the test by appearing on BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind and has also raised substantial funds for the charities she supports by using her brainpower to win on various celebrity editions of quiz shows including 5 Minutes to a Fortune (C4), Tipping Point: Lucky Stars (ITV), Pointless Celebrities (BBC1), The Bank Job (C4), Million Pound Drop (C4) The Chase (ITV) Fifteen to One (C4) and Celebrity Squares (ITV).

She appeared in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary ‘Kids Don't Count’ which explored how and why we are failing Britain's children when it comes to maths. Rachel visited a primary school in Bristol to help encourage the children to tackle their maths demons.

Rachel has a keen interest in promoting maths and science to young people. She makes frequent school visits and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives.

Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated from Oriel College Oxford with a degree in Mathematics, covering Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics and Applied Maths and was made a scholar in 2006.

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