Susie Dent: Countdown star talks real reason why she ‘hates’ being photographed

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Susie Dent, 55, admitted that she hates having her photograph taken because she claims she “looks ridiculous” and does not enjoy being the centre of attention. The Countdown host added that she was happy with some parts of fame, as it had provided her with the opportunity to “indulge in her” passion for words and working on the Channel 4 programme.

I look ridiculous

Susie Dent

Susie confessed: “I don’t want celebrity for the sake of it and I really don’t want to be the centre of attention ever.

“I hate being photographed with a passion because I look ridiculous. 

“I would be lying if I said I hated all parts of it because it’s given me a lifetime to indulge my passion, which is words and I wouldn’t have been able to do that,” she added in OK! Magazine.

Countdown star Susie has worked on the show since 1992 after graduating from Oxford with a degree in modern languages.

The 55-year-old hosts the programme alongside Rachel Riley and Nick Hewer. She and her female co-star also work on spin-off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown together.

The Lexicographer divulged that the maths whizz is usually determined to solve conundrums on her own and won’t accept any help from colleagues.

Susie explained: “It really matters to Rachel, so if she hasn’t got the numbers round then you can’t talk to her for however many minutes she needs to be in her own world and get it. 

“She also doesn’t want anybody to help her! It really, really matters to her that she gets it and I think that’s such a great thing!” she added in the same interview.

The pair are also close friends off-screen, with Susie describing Rachel as “amazing”.

She continued: “Rachel is amazing, as is Nick Hewer! It was a tough time at the beginning, having a complete change of personnel, I felt quite nervous about it.

“She was brilliant from the start, I admire her work and she is also incredibly kind.

“Plus she is loads of fun! She is a very good friend to have and I’m glad that comes across on both shows.

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“It’s a cliche to say we’re all one big family, but it really is! I really missed them all during lockdown,” she finished.

Countdown began filming back in July following the easing of lockdown without a studio audience.

The Channel 4 Twitter account wrote at the time: “Great news! @C4Countdown has returned to the studio. Following social distancing guidelines of course. 

“We look forward to seeing @Nick_Hewer , @RachelRileyRR and @susie_dent back on air with new shows on Channel 4 soon. #Countdown.”

While Rachel revealed to The Mirror: “When we go back we won’t have any audience, unfortunately. 

“But like the rest of the country, we are just going to play it by ear. 

“When we are in the studio we should be able to be socially distanced as there is the space. The space in the studio is okay, we can mic ourselves up.”

Meanwhile, Susie has been busy promoting her new Word Perfect book which is filled with etymological trivia. 

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