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I'll always be the Countdown new girl, says Rachel Riley

By Lucy Mapstone

Rachel Riley says she still feels like the "new girl" on Countdown despite having been on the game show for nearly nine years.

The Oxford graduate and maths whizz took over from Carol Vorderman as co-host in 2009 at the age of 22 after Vorderman stepped down from the role she had held since the show began in 1982.

Riley told The Mirror: "I'm now approaching 2,000 episodes. But I'll forever be the new girl, which is absolutely fine by me as I loved watching Carol Vorderman as a little kid."

Riley first appeared on the Channel 4 show in January 2009. Vorderman became a household name as the maths expert on the programme for 26 years.

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