Inside Carol Vorderman’s jaw-dropping transformation from bookish Countdown star to sex symbol at 61 | The Sun

FOR decades, she was the numbers whizz who impressed the nation with her mathematics genius on Countdown.

But in recent years, Carol Vorderman, 61, has been flaunting more than just her intellect and has amassed a large following of admirers.

Since hitting our screens on Countdown in 1982, the Bedford-born star’s style has radically transformed.

Evolving from the mousy engineering student who landed the role on the hit Channel 4 quiz show aged 21, Carol now oozes sex appeal. 

This week, the brainbox showed off her toned midriff and curves in a peach crop top from Kim Kardashian's shapewear line Skims on Instagram.

It followed Carol – a double-winner of the Rear Of The Year competition – revealing she dropped two dress sizes in two weeks during a summer juice retreat in Portugal, last month.


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After quitting Countdown in 2008, Carol went on to appear on a range of shows including Loose Women, I'm A Celeb and Have I Got News For You.

She was also crowned star baker after her stint on The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off.

Carol was succeeded on Countdown by Rachel Riley, but there have been rumours that Channel 4 bosses are keen for her to return.

The TV icon has no shortage of admirers among her 240,000 Instagram followers, who gush over her glamorous posts.

She has admitted she's "very happy as a badly behaved singleton" but previously hinted she may be dating multiple people.



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She said: "I'm very happy, I have no complaints. I am not dating anyone, I have special friends. Special friends. Plural."

Carol has credited her age-defying body to hard work and exercising, but has admitted to having Botox – though she insists she hasn't had bottom implants and that she's genetically blessed with a curvy bum.

Here we chart how Carol went from bookish presenter to one of the sexiest women in Britain whose style gives Kim Kardashian a run for her money. 

Sweet Caroline

Carol grew up in North Wales after her parents separated and studied engineering at the University of Cambridge before working as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig Power Station in Wales.

Her big TV break came after her mum saw a newspaper ad looking for women with good numerical skills and arranged for her to audition.

Fresh-faced Carol, with bobbed hair and padded blazers, bagged the role alongside Richard Whiteley and became one of the highest paid women in Britain.

She tied the knot with first husband Royal Navy officer Christopher Mather in 1985, but the marriage only lasted a year.

She went on to wed management consultant Patrick King in 1990, and they had two kids, Katie and Cameron.

Keen to move away from her nerdy image, a 20s-something Carol started to experiment with more daring, sexier looks.

Form-fitting dresses replaced her youthful suits on Countdown, and she started to push the boundaries with plunging red carpet gowns and titillating photoshoots.

Rear of the Year

While some of her looks may have raised eyebrows among the critics, her curves would later be celebrated in 2011 when she was given the accolade of Rear of the Year.

Her bootylicious rear saw her secure the title again for a second time in 2014, cementing her position as a household sex symbol.

And Carol attributes her X-rated behaviour between the sheets as the secret behind her enviable body.

The presenter previously told the Mirror: “I’m not allowed to say because I will get into trouble but it’s a three-letter word and it starts with S.”

Carol is now heralded as one of the sexiest women in Britain after she started showing off her killer figure in clingy bandage dresses.

When it comes to diet, Carol previously revealed she starts her day with porridge and eats one other main meal.

She said: “I have one big meal a day either in a restaurant or at home.

"I like to eat at about 3pm, after Loose Women, then nothing later. You can eat what the hell you like then.”

Content with curves

Carol is now a curvy size 8-10 and says she feels more secure in herself than ever before, admitting she used to criticise her looks when she was younger.

Speaking to the Express, she said: “I don’t look as good but I’m probably more confident. I’ve realised that all my self-criticism was pretty meaningless.

“As you get older you realise you don’t have to be the most beautiful girl with the longest legs.”

That's not to say that she doesn’t still love dressing up and enjoys a good session in hair and make-up.

She said: “A clingy dress with lots of stretch is my go-to outfit when I want to feel great, something to cover all the lumps and bumps.”

Luckily for Carol, all her lumps and bumps are definitely in the right places.

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