Rachel Riley Biography, Family, Siblings, Husband, Children and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Rachel Riley. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about her.

  1. What does Rachel Riley do for a living?
  2. Who are Rachel Riley’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Rachel Riley’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Rachel Riley married or does she have a boyfriend?
  5. Does Rachel Riley have any children?
  6. Where is Rachel Riley now?
  7. How tall is Rachel Riley?
  8. How much money does Rachel Riley earn?
  9. What is Rachel Riley’s net worth?

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 Who is Rachel Riley?

Rachel Annabelle Riley is a popular British television presenter. Riley co-presents the Channel 4 daytime puzzle program Countdown and its comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. She is additionally a graduate in mathematics.

Rachel’s television debut came when she joined Countdown at the age of 22. With her interest in popularising mathematics and the sciences, she has co-presented The Gadget Show on Channel 5 (2013-14) and It’s Not Rocket Science on ITV (2016). In 2013, Riley was a contestant on the BBC celebrity dance show Strictly Come Dancing.

Rachel Riley Television Career


Rachel took the place of the long-serving Carol Vorderman on Countdown. Just like Vorderman, her role is to handle the placement of tiles on the board for the letters and numbers rounds. As well as to find an exact answer in the number rounds if the contestants are not able to do so. Riley’s selection to Countdown was revealed at the same time as the announcement of a new main host, Jeff Stelling, taking the place of Des O’Connor. The duo was in place for the new series starting in January 2009.

However, Riley had no interest to be a television presenter, but she was encouraged by her mother to apply. She decided to apply due to her interest in the numbers part of the game. Riley was lucky to be appointed beating 1,000 applicants for the role. From its first broadcast on January 2, 2012, she has performed her Countdown role on the comedy crossover spin-off version, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. She has appeared together with comedian Jimmy Carr as host. Riley describes Countdown as the role she is happy for her grandmother to see, while Cats Does Countdown is the more risque, cheeky role that she shows to her friends.

A photo of Rachel Riley

A photo of Rachel Riley

How old is Rachel Riley?

Rachel Annabelle Riley was born on January 11, 1986, in Rochford, Essex, England, and is aged 35 as of 2021. She shares her birthday with famous people including Cody Simpson, Alyssa McKay, Julie Franke, Jania Bania, Yolanda Hadid, Alexander Hamilton, John A. Macdonald, among others.

Rachel Riley Family

Who are Rachel Riley’s parents?

Rachel Annabelle Riley was born in Rochford, Essex to a Jewish family of Celia Riley and Christopher Riley. Her father had British Isles ancestry while her mother has Russian Jewish ancestry. She was brought up in the Thorpe Bay area of Southend-on-sea. Her father was originally from Salford and was a big fan of Manchester United.

Does Rachel Riley have siblings?

Rachel was born into a family of two children as a girl. She has one sibling, brother, Alex Riley.

Rachel Riley Education

Riley got educated at the independent Thorpe Hall School and later in Southend High School for Girls, a grammar school, graduating with four As at A-Level. She then attended Oriel College, Oxford graduating in undergraduate studies in mathematics.

Rachel Riley Interests

Riley has a big interest in mathematics and science and is a mathematics graduate. She considered a career in the financial sector and finished an internship at Deutsche Bank in the City of London. Rachel has visited schools to enthuse learners on the greatness of applied maths, quantum mechanics, and time travel, among others. She has been listed on the website of the Centre for Countering Digital Hate as a patron. Rachel is also a keen supporter of Manchester United just like her father.

Rachel is an atheist and started a campaign in 2018, against the way the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn had handled allegations of antisemitism. She and fellow campaigner Tracy-Ann Oberman in February 2019, instructed a lawyer to take action against 70 people who posted tweets which the duo regarded as either libelous or harassment.

Rachel Riley Husband

Riley met Jamie Gilbert while they were at the University of Oxford both studying. They married in August 2012, but later separated in November 2013. Later she started dating her Strictly dance partner Pasha Kovalev after the show ended in December 2013. In May 2019, they revealed that they were expecting their firstborn child. The couple tied knots o June 28, 2019, in Las Vegas, and on December 15, 2019, they welcomed the child, a daughter. Riley announced in April 2021, that she was pregnant again and she later gave birth to a baby girl on Movember 5, 2021.

Rachel Riley Children

Riley and her loving husband, Kovalev, have two young baby girls. Their firstborn, Maven Aria was born on December 15, 2019, and the second one, Noa was born on November 5, 2021.

Rachel Riley Height

The British television presenter has a sleek and beautiful body with a height of 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) and a body weight of 58 kg (128 lbs).

Strictly Come Dancing

Rachel appeared in the eleventh series of the BBC One ballroom dancing show Strictly Come Dancing. She appeared in September 2013 alongside professional dancing partner Pasha Kovalev. However, she was kicked out of the show after losing out in the dance-off against Aljaz Skorjanec and Abbey Clancy on November 3, in week 6. Abbey and Aljaz went on to win the series. Riley stated she lacked a natural talent for performing and instead opted to frame each dance like that of a character. She suffered from stage fright in the first five weeks and consulted a cognitive-behavioral therapist who helped her control her breathing. After that, she was able to enjoy the show truly although it was her final appearance.

Other Work

Riley co-hosted on the Channel 5 show The Gadget Show along with Jason Bradbury from 2013 to 2014. She hosted three series of shows and later her place was taken by Amy Williams. Rachel was part of the three-person presenting team for ITV’s six-part series, It’s Not Rocket Science, funded by the network as an entertainment series celebrating science. She co-presented alongside Romesh Ranganathan and Ben Miller, who also had a background in science and maths. Riley was announced to join Sky Sports to host Friday Night Football together with former Countdown co-presenter Jeff Stelling in August 2016. She was to also join Fantasy Football Club alongside Paul Merson and Max Rushden. In 2017, Rachel finally left Friday Night Football.

Riley has also presented a show on Manchester United’s television channel, MUTV. The show featured a tour of their Trafford Training Centre in Carrington. Rachel has additionally hosted episodes of An Audience with… on the channel. United player Ryan Giggs presented her a signed team shirt while marking her 1,000th episode of Countdown, as he was also celebrating his 1,000th game for the club the same year. She has appeared as a contestant on the BBC quiz program Celebrity Mastermind aired on January 4, 2012. Riley was also the co-winner with Idris Elba of the Rear of the Year award in 2017.

Rachel Riley Net Worth

British television presenter and mathematician, Riley has been active in her television career from 2009 to date. She has accumulated a net worth of approximately 3.4 million Euros as of 2021.



Year Title Channel Role Notes
2009–present Countdown Channel 4 Co-presenter With Jeff Stelling (2009–2011), Nick Hewer (2012–2021) and Anne Robinson (2021-)
2012–present 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Co-presenter With Jimmy Carr
2010 The IT Crowd Herself Cameo in in-show countdown
2013–2014 The Gadget Show Channel 5 Co-presenter With Jason Bradbury
2013 Strictly Come Dancing BBC One Participant 5th celebrity to be eliminated
2014 Memory Slam Watch Presenter
2016 It’s Not Rocket Science ITV Co-presenter With Ben Miller and Romesh Ranganathan
2016–2017 Friday Night Football Sky Sports Co-presenter With Jeff Stelling
Fantasy Football Club Co-presenter With Max Rushden and Paul Merson
2019 Celebrity Countdown More4 Co-presenter With Nick Hewer