Carol Vorderman has been a favourite face on the small screen ever since landing a presenting job on Countdown back in the early 1980s. The TV star was fresh out of university at the time and it all came about after her mother spotted a newspaper ad.
I had a proper job at the time, I was like a computer person
Now the 59-year-old has detailed exactly what she was paid for the first series, while the quiz is still being broadcast on Channel 4 today.
Carol said she had to have a “proper job” alongside the programme, especially as she only did it as “a bit of laugh”.
She went on to appear on Countdown for 26 years, before leaving and being replaced by current star Rachel Riley.
The mother-of-two went into salary details on her weekly BBC Radio Wales show, during a phone interview with Nina Wadia.
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Carol Vorderman has revealed her Countdown pay when she first started (Image: GETTY)
Carol Vorderman was on Countdown for 26 years (Image: GETTY)
Carol started: “Everybody listening will probably know her from EastEnders, most of all. Six years was it, Nina, as post office owner Zainab Masood?”
“That’s right,” the Death In Paradise actress, 51, said of her Albert Square character.
“Six years,” Carol reiterated. “They go quickly those years, don’t they?” to which her guest agreed.
“They really do,” she said, after her exit seven years ago. “I only signed up for three months!”
Carol Vorderman started Countdown back in 1982 (Image: GETTY)