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Rachel Riley is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running quiz show Countdown and a resident team member on the hit Channel 4 comedy show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
Rachel has appeared on Room 101, Top Gear and Would I Lie To You (BBC). She co-presented It’s Not Rocket Science for ITV and has appeared on several TV quiz shows raising money for charity including: Celebrity Mastermind, Pointless Celebrities (BBC 1), The Chase (ITV), The Bank Job, Million Pound Drop and Fifteen to One (Channel 4).
Rachel was awarded an MBE in the 2023 New Years Honours List for services towards Holocaust education.
Rachel is an avid Manchester United fan. She has presented Fantasy Football Club and Friday Night Football on Sky Sports. She has appeared on Football Focus (BBC 1), Soccer AM (Sky Sports) and Follow the Football (BT Sport). She has also presented shows on MUTV as well as featuring on BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT radio.
Rachel has a keen interest in promoting maths and science to young people and has been involved in a number of national numeracy initiatives. She is particularly passionate about getting girls involved in STEM subjects. Rachel is involved with Premier League Primary Stars, an initiative designed to help develop children’s skills and ambition both on and off the sports field. She is also a Global Ambassador for Grassroots Soccer.
Her first book, At Sixes and Sevens: How to Understand Numbers and Make Maths Easy, was published in 2021.
Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated with a degree in Mathematics, covering Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics and Applied Maths from Oriel College, Oxford.
Rachel’s professionalism, intellect and versatility make her ideal for a variety of corporate work, from hosting awards ceremonies to fronting PR campaigns.
Photo credit: Alan Strutt
It was amazing! Everything went to plan and Rachel was an amazing asset to the evening! She completely took ownership and helped where our knowledge was lacking in certain areas of the event. We had both staff and clients saying how down to earth and easy to talk to she was. We cant wait to book her again for next year
We certainly gave Rachel a few tricky names and some in-depth topics to navigate, which she did with ease, keeping us well on course and the audience buoyed. It was a pleasure to have Rachel with us and I hope she found some of the topics discussed of interest to her too!
Rachel Riley is an absolute delight to work with and once again she went the extra mile interacting with the guests both before and after the main presentations.
We were really pleased, it all went very well! Please pass our thanks on to Rachel for being very patient and willing with our delegates – I think everyone that wanted one got a photo!
It was absolutely fabulous and Rachel did a great job. Can you please pass on my thanks to her as she did herself and us proud. The feedback so far has been amazing and we are already thinking for next year.
Rachel was absolutely fantastic, a lovely lady and pleasure to work with. With her support and promotion of STEM is the perfect fit for the Women in Rail Awards. Her engagement with guests after the presentations was brilliant – and there were a lot of smiley faces in the room as she took the time to pose for photos with guests.
Excellent job, well prepped, great down to earth approach and she stayed late to meet and mingle – she really did it well.
Rachel was brilliant and showed a genuine interest in the girls. They have been speaking very highly of her and she made a massive impression. We would definitely recommend her to anyone else who was holding a similar event. Thank you.
Rachel was absolutely superb throughout the whole day. Extremely professional, polite and engaging and an absolute pleasure to meet her. Had nothing but good feedback from guests in the room and as host, Rachel played a big part in ensuring the day run smoothly.
The event was fantastic and, as always, Rachel was an absolute pro and so lovely to work with.
We found Rachel to be extremely professional and acted as a great facilitator to the event, with a keen knowledge and enthusiasm. She chaired the debate intelligently and acted well under pressure in what was a lively and informative evening.
Rachel was the perfect person…She completely understood the brief and used her own skills to enhance the statistics involved. Her friendly and approachable manner with the radio interviewers was exactly what was needed. Look forward to working with her again!
Just wanted to say that it was a real pleasure working with Rachel last night at Wembley. She was on the ball and followed the brief perfectly, working hard over the entire evening. Rachel was a natural on stage and added great charisma and humour to the quiz delivery. I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again hopefully in the future.
Having worked with a lot of celebrities over the years I found Rachel to be one of the best. She spent a great deal of time reading and discussing the briefing notes beforehand and made sure she fully understood what we wanted. She thoroughly embraced the project and delivered exactly what was asked. She was also an absolute delight, friendly, down to earth and utterly professional. I would l have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Rachel.
It was a great experience for myself and the rest of the Unpacked team to work with you in Berlin. Your insights, passion and undefeatable positive attitude were critical in the execution of Samsung’s latest product presentation…the opportunity you have as a role model, to guide youth towards science and technology, is fantastic and so important….
I just wanted to say thank you for the crucial part you played in what was an extremely successful event for us. Your style suited the day perfectly, you created a strong connection with the audience and provided a real continuity through all the various sections and speakers.
We were absolutely delighted that Rachel Riley was able to participate in our inaugural conference last week. She was the perfect host for our afternoon sessions, with a confident and natural ability to connect with the audience. Her enthusiasm for Maths is infectious, and we hope to have the opportunity to work with her again.
Rachel was the perfect host – the room absolutely loved her and everyone is buzzing about last night saying it’s the best one yet!
Rachel was fantastic. A real asset to the event and a true professional. She interacted with customers, posed for photos and chatted away to everyone; NatWest team and customers alike.
Rachel was brilliant last night. Everyone loved her and she was so accommodating to her fans at the end of the night.
She was so incredible on the night, I know the brand were really impressed!
Our event with Rachel went really well yesterday. We had a great turnout, loads of engagement with some great audience questions and Rachel and Dave’s fireside chat style was really interesting and had a great flow. Please pass our huge thanks on to Rachel for taking the time to speak with us.