Carol Jean Vorderman - Early Life

Carol Vorderman

Sexy Carol Jean Vorderman

Carol Jean Vorderman MBE (born 24 December 1960) is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 to 2008.

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 her siblings grew up in a one-parent household. In 1970 their mother married Armido Rizzi, a native of Italy.

Carol Vorderman

Vorderman was educated at the Roman Catholic comprehensive Blessed Edward Jones High School in Rhyl, followed by Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1978, where she studied Engineering. She obtained a Third in all three years of her degree.

Vorderman did not trace the Dutch side of her family until 2007 (as part of the BBC genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?). It was only at this point that she discovered that her father Anton had been an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. He died whilst the programme was being filmed. Her great-grandfather Adolphe Vorderman played a key role in the discovery of vitamins.


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