Despite her young age Carol bagged the job and appeared on Countdown with Richard Whiteley from 1982 until his death in June 2005.
She then carried on alongside Des Lynam then Des O' Connor until 2008.
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). Whilst 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.
) It was only then that she discovered that her father had been an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. Vorderman initially found employment as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig Power Station in Wales and later as a graduate management trainee in Leeds.
Carol is also famous for hosting the Pride of Britain Awards since it first started in 1999.
She got the gig after her mum arranged for the then 21-year-old to have an audition for the show after seeing a newspaper ad looking for women with good numerical skills.
(born 24 December 1960) is a Welsh media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 until 2008.
Vorderman's career began in 1982 when she joined Channel 4 game show Countdown.