Rachel Riley Biography
Rachel Riley full name Rachel Annabelle Riley, is an English television presenter. She was born on 11 January 1986 in Rochford, Essex, England, United Kingdom.
Rachel Riley was educated at the independent Thorpe Hall School, and Southend High School for Girls, a grammar school, where she obtained four As at A-Level. She then studied mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, gaining an upper second-class honours degree.
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 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 involved with Premier League Primary Stars, an initiative designed to help develop children’s skills and ambition both on and off the sports field.
Rachel Riley Age
She was born on 11 January 1986 in Rochford, Essex, England, United Kingdom.
Rachel Riley Husband
Riley was married for 16 months to Jamie Gilbert. They had met while they were both studying at the University of Oxford. The couple initially split at the end of 2009 fter four and a half years together, before reconciling. Gilbert then proposed on her 25th birthday on 11 January 2011. They married on 11 August 2012. It was announced in November 2013 that they were separating.
Rachel Riley Wedding
Riley married Jamie Gilbert in a civil ceremony. Gilbert followed the Jewish tradition of stamping on a glass.
Rachel Riley Boyfriend – Rachel Riley Partner
Riley has been dating her former Strictly partner Pasha Kovalev since 2014, and the couple now live together in London. They met on the show in 2013.
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Rachel Riley Height
She stands at 5’6″.
Rachel Riley Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of £3.4 million, according to Spears magazine.
Rachel Riley TV Shows
2012–present: 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
2013–2014: The Gadget Show
2013: Strictly Come Dancing
2016: It’s Not Rocket Science
2016–2017: Friday Night Football
2016–2017: Fantasy Football Club
Rachel Riley Baby
Rachel Riley showed off her maternal side during a break from filming. Slipping into a floral dress, Rachel beamed away as she carried a young child in her arms. She gushed over the newborn as she shared the image with her fans.
Rachel captioned the post: “Introducing our first Countdown baby.
“First comes Romeo, then comes marriage, now Cilla style I need a hat!”
Fans hopes were crushed though as Rachel revealed the baby is not her firstborn with Pasha.
Rachel continued: “Congratulations Gav and Lauren, a brilliant part of our team, and seeing as you met at work I have a great idea for the wedding music – hope you can make it down the aisle in 30 seconds.”
Gushing over the snap, one fan replied: “You look like you will be a good mummy.”
“Suits you,” another added.
A third bemused: “Your baby?”
However, as far as we are aware Rachel has no plans to become a mum yet.
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7 things you need to know about Rachel Riley
1. She’s divorced
After competing on Strictly Come Dancing, Rachel and her husband of 16 months Jamie Gilbert divorced. She is currently dating her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev.
“Strictly is a very intense bonding experience. We became close friends and we spent a lot of time practising together. We got to know each other really well. It’s not the ideal place to get together with someone really – they see you at your worst, and we didn’t get together until after the show.
“I was with Jamie for nine years, and in the end we just became friends which I think happens to a lot of couples. He was great with everything, and it helps that we’re both very level headed. We’re still friends now.”
2. She found Strictly Come Dancing tough
As well as learning to dance, Rachel was trying to film two other TV programmes at the same time as Strictly – Countdown and The Gadget Show.
“I didn’t have a day off for four months,” she revealed. “And sometimes got just three hours sleep. I went through so much Red Bull, just to concentrate.”
She even had cognitive behavioural therapy to try and combat the stage fright that she felt while she was on the show.
“The guy was brilliant: I didn’t realise I was a perfectionist, because I didn’t want things to be perfect and thought that’s what a perfectionist was. But it’s more that you are never satisfied with yourself,” she revealed.
3. Countdown is only her second job
After leaving Oxford University with a degree in maths, Rachel got a job as an analyst on a price comparison website. However, she was only there a few months before she landed the job on Countdown. Which, she says, was by accident!
“I never did any public speaking at school, never did any performing. I just applied for Countdown because I liked the numbers game and used to watch it as a kid,” she revealed. “I didn’t have anything to lose. It was the same thing with applying to Oxford: I’d never known anyone who’d been to Oxford, but didn’t have anything to lose.”
4. She loves it when there’s a rude word
“It’s one of the reasons people like Countdown,” she says. “The funniest ones for me – because you get such a range of people who watch, from kids to students to OAPs, stereotypically – are words like ‘growler’. Where old people won’t know there’s a funny connotation to it, but everyone around my age is going to be screaming. There’s definitely an underlying level of filth to Countdown.”
5. She’s a savvy shopper
“If I need something, I’ll use websites like Topcashback.co.uk and MoneySavingExpert.com to see if there’s a voucher,” revealed the 29-year-old recently.
“We have Martin Lewis on Countdown quite a lot and he’s always talking about ways of saving money and getting cashback. If it’s available, then why not?”
6. She won’t be in a bikini on TV anytime soon
“I’ve had inquiries for things like TV show Splash, where people go out in front of the whole nation in a bikini. But I think bikinis are just for the beach,” she said.
“I enjoy things that are relevant to me, like maths and science and Countdown and I don’t want to offend our viewers. Hopefully, I keep it above taste level. Besides, other people are better to model than me.”
7. She doesn’t see herself as a sex symbol
“I don’t really see myself like that and it doesn’t make me dress differently,” she explained. “It’s always flattering when you get compliments but it’s more of a measure of who you are at the time than anything else.”