Rachel Riley Biography

  • Rachel Riley

    Quick Facts Of Rachel Riley

    Celebrated NameRachel Riley
    Age33 Years
    Nick NameRiley
    Birth NameRachel Annabelle Riley
    Birth Date1986-01-11
    ProfessionTelevision Presenter
    Place Of BirthRochford, Essex
    Birth NationEngland
    Famous Forco-presenter of Countdown, and its comedy spin-off, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
    FatherChristopher Riley
    MotherCelia Riley
    BrothersAlex Riley
    Home TownThorpe Bay area of Southend-on-Sea
    SchoolThorpe Hall School
    High SchoolSouthend High School
    College / UniversityOriel College, Oxford
    Career Start2009
    Marital StatusDivorced
    HusbandJamie Gilbert (Divorced)
    BoyfriendPasha Kovalev
    Current CityLondon
    Height1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
    Weight128 lbs (58 kg)
    Body Build/TypeSlim
    Eye ColorGreen
    Hair ColorBlonde
    Net Worth$5 million

  • Rachel Annabelle Riley, professionally known as Rachel Riley is an English television presenter. She is best known for co-presenting Channel 4 daytime puzzle show Countdown. She is also popular co-presenter of its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. 

    Rachel Riley thanks her fans for supporting her concerns for antisemitism.

    Riley has received support from her television colleague Nick Hewer and comedian Stephen Fry about her concern to the antisemitism. She has also appreciated her fans supporting her on the cause.

    She has credited her partner Pasha Kovalev for being with her at difficult times.

    Her concerns about the antisemitism dragged a Twitter argument with left-wing politician George Galloway over her views on antisemitism in the Labor Party and her criticism of the American Jewish academic Noam Chomsky.

    Galloway wrote on Twitter, “Dumbfounding. She calls Chomsky an anti-Semite and slanders half the Labour Party as the same”.

    Riley responded Galloway writing, “Fuck off George Galloway. Today’s not the day I’m going to be polite to anti-Semite scum-to be explicit George Galloway”.

    She has been raising concerns about the antisemitism she has faced or seen since 2018.

    Famous For

    She is the popular co-presenter of Countdown, and its comedy spin-off, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

    Early Life of Rachel Riley

    Rachel Riley was born on 11 January 1986. Her birth name is Rachel Annabelle Riley. She was born to Christopher Riley and Celia Riley. She belongs to white ethnicity. Her birth place is in Rochford, Essex, England. She holds British nationality. She describes herself as a non-religious Jew. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn. She has a younger brother named Alex Riley. She grew up in the Thorpe Bay area of Southend-on-Sea. She attended Thorpe Hall School and later obtained her A-Level from Southend High School. 

    She then attended Oriel College, Oxford, and studied mathematics obtaining an upper second-class honors degree. She also took a postgraduate degree, a master’s degree, as she was attracted to the intersection of mathematics and civil engineering.

    Career of Rachel Riley

    Initially, she considered her career in the financial sector, thus, completing an internship at Deutsche Bank in the City of London.

    Her maths degree aided her to gain employment to perform statistical analysis for a price comparison start-up company.

    In January 2009, she made her television debut on the Channel 4 letters and numbers game show, Countdown. 

    She then co-presented 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown in January 2012 alongside comedian Jimmy Carr. 

    She appeared as the contestant in the eleventh series of the BBC One ballroom dancing program, Strictly Come Dancing from September 2013. 

    She partnered with Russian professional dancer Pasha Kovalev. She got eliminated in Week 6 of Strictly Come Dancing in November.

    She co-presented the Channel 5 program, The Gadget Show alongside Jason Bradbury from 2013 to 2014.

    She became the part of the three-person presenting team for ITV’s six-part series, It’s Not Rocket Science in 2016.

    She joined Sky Sports to present Friday Night Football alongside Jeff Stelling in 2016.

    She also co-presented Fantasy Football Club with Max Rushden and Paul Merson from 2016.

    Personal Life of Rachel Riley

    The 32 years old tv presenter was previously married to Jamie Gilbert. They met each other while studying at the University of Oxford. They tied a knot to each other on 11 August 2012 and separated in the following year. Their marriage did not last more than 16 months.

    She then started dating former Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev. Their affairs started in 2014. At present, they live together in London.

    Body Measurements of Rachel Riley

    The former Countdown co-presenter stands at a height of 1.7 m i.e. 5 feet and 7 inches tall. She has a body weight of 128 lbs i.e. 58 kg. She has slim body build. She has green eyes and her hair color is blonde.

    Net Worth of Rachel Riley

    The net worth of 32 years old is estimated at around $5 million. She has earned her fortune working in the television. She was also featured in the Kellogg’s, Mental Health UK, British Cycling, and Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste campaigns.

  • Did You Know?

    • She obtained four As at A-Level.
    • She is learning the Russian language as her boyfriend is Russian.
    • She is a huge supporter of Manchester United.
    • She revealed in late 2018 that she had become a vegan.
    • She was 22 years old when she made her television debut.
    • She visited a cognitive behavioral therapist to overcome her stage fright while on Strictly Come Dancing.
    • She predicted Chile would win the 2014 FIFA World Cup using her mathematics background. Chile exited from the Round of 16.
    • She is against antisemitism.

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