name = Carol Vorderman MBE
birth_date = birth date and age|1960|12|24|df=y
birth_place = Bedford, England
occupation = Television Presenter
nationality = British
spouse = Chris Mather 1985-1986 (divorced)Patrick King 1990-2000 (divorced)
Roles. = "Countdown" (1982-2008)
parents = Tony Vorderman (deceased)
Edwina J. Davies
children = Katherine (Katie) King
Carol Jean Vorderman MBE (born 24 December 1960), is a British television personality best known for being a long-standing co-presenter of Channel 4 game show "Countdown".
Early family life
Vorderman was born in Bedford to a Dutch father and Welsh mother. Her parents broke up three weeks after her birth, and her mother took the family back to her home town of Prestatyn, North Wales, where Vorderman and siblings grew up in a lone parent household. [BBC TV] Their mother remarried in 1970 to an Italian national. [GRO Register of Marriages: SEP 1970 8a 1666 ST ASAPH - Armido G. Rizzi = Edwina J. Vorderman] Vorderman attended the Roman Catholic comprehensive Blessed Edward Jones High School in Rhyl.
She refused to meet or have contact with her estranged father until January 2002, when (according to the "Daily Mail") she relented and the two were reconciled.fact|date=August 2008 She did not trace the Dutch side of her family until 2007, as part of the BBC genealogical programme "Who Do You Think You Are?". It was only at this point that she discovered that her father had been an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. He died whilst the programme was being filmed. [BBC TV: Who Do You Think You Are? - broadcast 27 Sep 2007] Her great-grandfather Adolphe Vorderman played a key role in the discovery of vitamins.
In 1978, she was accepted by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge to read Engineering. She was a member of the "Nines Club" at Cambridge, so named because members achieve a third in each of their three years of study (3+3+3=9).fact|date=August 2008 Her "Countdown" co-star Richard Whiteley coincidentally achieved the same class of degree at the same university.
After graduation, her mother's second marriage had broken down, and the family were back in financial difficulties.fact|date=August 2008 Vorderman initially found employment as a graduate management trainee in Leeds, and in her spare time was briefly a backing singer in the Leeds-based pop group "Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits", fronted by radio DJ Liz Kershaw during the early 1980s. They recorded songs such as a version of The Undertones' hit "Teenage Kicks".
Vorderman's mother noticed a newspaper advertisement asking for a woman with good mathematical skills to appear as co-host on a quiz show for the fledgling fourth terrestrial channel and submitted an application on behalf of her daughter. [ [http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=382762004 Scotland on Sunday - Opinion - Success by numbers] ] Thus, at the age of 21, Vorderman made her name on "Countdown" with Richard Whiteley from the show's inception in 1982 until Whiteley's death in June 2005.
In October 2005, Desmond Lynam replaced Whiteley and co-hosted with Vorderman. In January 2007 Des O'Connor replaced Lynam and Vorderman continued to co-host the show. Vorderman was a new type of game show hostess, revealing her intellectual ability by carrying out fast and accurate arithmetical calculations as part of the game. Her lasting success on the show led to her becoming one of the highest-paid women in Britain, earning £1 million per year, from all sources. [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=299507&in_page_id=1773 Richest women in showbiz] Daily Mail - 5 March 2004]
On 25 July 2008, after 26 unbroken years with the show it was announced Vorderman was stepping down from "Countdown".
[ She later said she had resigned after failing to agree terms with Channel 4 for a new contract, and it was reported that she had been asked to take a cut of some 90 per cent of her previous salary, estimated as £900,000.] [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1060281/Carol-Vorderman-I-STONE-stress-sacked-Countdown.html Carol Vorderman: 'I put on a STONE from the stress of being sacked from Countdown'] by Liz Thomas in the "Daily Mail", 23 September 2008] She had considered leaving the show when the original show's host Richard Whiteley died in 2005, but remained on the show when Des Lynham took over and until 2008 when his eventual replacement Des O'Connor announced he was also to step down as the show's host. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7526290.stm BBC Entertainment Carol Vorderman quits Countdown 25 July 2008] ] Vorderman later said that she had "put on a stone from the stress of being "sacked" sic from Countdown".]
Other TV appearances
Between 1987 and 1989 she co-hosted the BBC TV series "Take Nobody's Word For It" with Professor Ian Fells, and was chosen to the world chess championship match between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short in 1993. Vorderman has worked as a researcher and producer on many shows, specialising in science and educational programmes, and went on to present several other television programmes including the BBC's "Tomorrow's World", but was dropped after she starred in a commercial for "Ariel" washing powder. BBC management claimed it was a conflict of interest and dismissed her from the show. Carol refused to submit to their demand citing numerous other BBC 'stars' who were allowed to advertise products at that time, including Gary Rhodes the BBC chef advertising Tate and Lyle sugar. Weeks later, the ratings had dropped dramatically and the BBC asked her to return to anchor the programme but she refused.
In 1999, having been offered a lucrative contract, Vorderman moved to ITV, going on to compère numerous television programmes including: "The Pride of Britain Awards" since year 2000, "Stars and their Lives", "What Will They Think of Next", "Tested to Destruction", "How 2" on CITV and the popular "Better Homes", which began in 1999 and spawned a spin-off "Better Gardens".
Vorderman was a newspaper reviewer on the last episode of "Breakfast with Frost". In 2004 Vorderman appeared on the second series of "Strictly Come Dancing" and was voted off the show on the second show of the series. In 2005, Vorderman beat off the other celebrities in ITV's "Gameshow Marathon", winning the series. Vorderman appeared as a guest on "Have I Got News For You" on 14 May 2004 and hosted the show on 26 May 2006. She presented the Channel 4 entertainment show "The Friday Night Project" on 11 August 2006.
Between 2005 and 2006 she presented Sky One's quiz show "Carol Vorderman's Big Brain Game" over two series that have since been repeated twice on the channel during 2007. [ [http://www.ukgameshows.com/page/index.php?title=Big_Brain_Game] Sky One Game show]
Vorderman has had newspaper columns in "The Daily Telegraph", and in the "Daily Mirror" on Internet topics. She has written books on Detox diets. Her No 1 Bestseller was "Detox For Life", produced in collaboration with Ko Chohan and Anita Bean and published by Virgin Books, which sold over a million copies. She is also a self-described sudoku addict since April 2005 when she wrestled a book of the puzzles from her 12-year-old daughter Katie during a holiday in the Caribbean. Vorderman has written numerous books of sudoku puzzles with help on how to tackle them. She has sold millions of sudoku books worldwide, with almost one million being sold in less than a year in the UK alone.
A large number of school textbooks have been published under her name, chiefly by Dorling Kindersley in series such as "English Made Easy", "Maths Made Easy", "Science Made Easy" and "How to Pass National Curriculum Maths".
After leaving "Countdown" she will continue contributing to her column in the British magazine "Reveal".
Vorderman has maintained a long-standing endorsement of the debt consolidation company First Plus. In 2006, the charity Credit Action tried to highlight the potential dangers of debt consolidation, calling on Vorderman to stop giving First Plus credibility. Her agent responded that Vorderman had no intention of curtailing the contract for a service which was perfectly legal, offered by an excellent company.
[cite web|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/30/channel4|author=Zoe Williams|title=Your number is up, Carol|publisher= "The Guardian"|date= 30 July 2008|accessdate=2008-07-30] ]
Vorderman also expanded her business ventures launching a number of sudoku products. In March 2007 she launched a brain training game called "Carol Vorderman's Mind Aerobics" together with BSkyB. Also in 2007, she released a video game for PlayStation 2 in the United States entitled "Carol Vorderman's Sudoku".
Vorderman was first married in 1985 [GRO Register of Marriages: DEC 1985 5 613 LEEDS - Christopher Mather = Carol J Voderman ["sic".] ] at age 24 to Chris Mather, a Royal Navy officer and former rugby league international player, but the marriage only lasted twelve months. Vorderman's second marriage was to management consultant Patrick King in 1990 [GRO Register of Marriages: MAY 1990 20 1160 RINGWOOD and FORDINGBRIDGE - Patrick J. King = Carol J Vorderman] at age 29. Vorderman had two children, Katie and Cameron, with King but they separated in 2000.
After meeting at a Christmas party in 1999, Vorderman and "Daily Mail" columnist and PR consultant Des Kelly lived together in London from 2001, also using their other house in Glandore, West Cork, Ireland. After five years together, Vorderman and Kelly separated in December 2006, publicly announcing the amicable split in January 2007, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6298567.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Vorderman splits from her partner ] ] but are now back together in Bristol according to reports. [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/a77636/carol-vorderman-reunites-with-ex.html Showbiz - News - Carol Vorderman reunites with ex - Digital Spy ] ] [ [http://property.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/property/buying_and_selling/article2785802.ece Moving on - Carol Vorderman - Times Online ] ]
Vorderman was honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in June 2000 for "services to broadcasting" in the Birthday Honours List.
Vorderman is the patron of the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) (her older brother, Anton, was born with a cleft lip and palate). In 2005 she was the winner of Ant and Dec’s Gameshow Marathon. As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations ITV ran a series of the nation’s favourite game shows featuring celebrities competing to become Gameshow Marathon winner and raise money for the charity of their choice. As series winner Carol won £60,000 for CLAPA.
Carol appeared in a short film promoting 'Run for the future' which promotes Prostate Cancer awareness and a charity run held every year on the Bristol Downs to raise funds for the BUI prostate appeal.
Videos and published writings
* "How Mathematics Works", 1996
* "Carol Vorderman's Guide to the Internet" (written with Rob Young), 1998
* "Carol Vorderman's Guide to Maths"
* "Carol Vorderman's Pop Music Times Tables", 1991
* "Carol Vorderman's Detox Diet"
* "Carol Vorderman's How To Do Sudoku", 2005
* "Carol Vorderman's Massive Book Of Sudoku", 2005
* "Eat Yourself Clever", 2008
NAME = Vorderman, Carol
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Mather, Carol Jean, King,
SHORT DESCRIPTION = English TV presenter
DATE OF BIRTH = 1960-12-24
PLACE OF BIRTH = Bedford, England
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
Источник: Carol Vorderman