Rachel Riley

Television Presenter Best Known for Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

  • Number expert on Countdown
  • Former co-presenter of The Gadget Show
  • Co-presenter of It’s Not Rocket Science
  • Former presenter of Friday Night Football & Fantasy Football Club for Sky Sports
  • Graduate from Oriel College Oxford with a Masters Degree in Mathematics
  • Awarded the Warrior of Truth Award for Anti-Semitism

Rachel Riley is best known for being a co-presenter of Countdown. Fronting the mathematics section and putting the letters on the board, Rachel has become a household name after her time on the programme. Having also presented 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Friday Night Football and Fantasy Football Club, Rachel has over a decades experience behind the camera, giving her reputable qualities for online event hosting and facilitating. Rachel has also previously provided coverage of the BAFTA Awards red carpet and co-presented The Gadget Show, proving her credibility as a virtual event host.

Before becoming a famous figure of British television, Rachel attended Oriel College in Oxford where she obtained a Masters Degree in Mathematics. In the early days of her career, Rachel took the opportunity to intern with Deutsche Bank in London but found that she did not like the financial sector and instead made her television debut in 2009. Rachel joined Countdown back in 2009, beating 1000s of applicants to secure the role despite having no prior television experience. Since 2009 Rachel has been a prominent feature of the programme, with her personable character making her a fan favourite and now sought to appear as a facilitator for events.

Other prominent television appearances include as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, presenter of Its Not Rocket Science and guest appearances on shows such as This Morning, Celebrity Mastermind, Top Gear, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Room 101. Outside of television, Rachel has been seen speaking about Anti-Semitism having delivered speeches that saw her become the recipient of the Warrior of Truth Award in 2019. She is also an advocate for Women in STEM subjects, championing women working in often male-dominated sectors.

With a respected television career behind her, Rachel is highly sought as a facilitator for online events. Having spent years behind the camera, Rachel is both comfortable and confident when commanding a virtual audience and can do so with ease. A knowledgeable individual, Rachel makes for an intellectual guest and the perfect host for those webinars or online conferences. Rachel has previously worked for clients such as the National Lottery, Channel 4, Samsung and Npower, proving her credibility as an online event host and facilitator.

Official Testimonials

Rachel Riley is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“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 guise youth towards science and technology, is fantastic and so important”

David Park, Samsung

“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”

Channel 4 Platform ‘Maths in Schools’ Debate

“Rachel was fantastic. She was incredibly professional, enthusiastic and really engaged with the finalists and other judges… A brilliant asset to our day!”

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To enquire about Rachel Riley for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via agent@virtualonlinespeakersagency.com or call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553.