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She appeared the show most recently with Des O'Connor; and previously with Des Lynam and before that Richard Whiteley (from 1982 until his death in 2005), Vorderman left the show in 2008.
Whilst appearing on Countdown, Vorderman began presenting other shows for various broadcasters including Better Homes and The Pride of Britain Awards for ITV, as well as guest hosting shows such as Have I Got News for You, The Sunday Night Project and Lorraine.
However, after the show returned from its summer break in September 2013, she began to host one episode per week with Mc Lean anchoring the remaining four.
) It was only then that she discovered that her father had been an active member of the Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation. Vorderman initially found employment as a junior civil engineer at Dinorwig Power Station in Wales and later as a graduate management trainee in Leeds.
In her spare time, she was briefly a backing singer with friend Lindsay Forrest in the Leeds-based pop group Dawn Chorus and the Blue Tits, fronted by radio DJ Liz Kershaw during the early 1980s.
However, over the following years, the team was pared down, and Vorderman's contribution increased.
Vorderman thus became a new type of game show hostess, revealing her intellectual ability by carrying out fast and accurate arithmetical calculations during the show.
Her lasting success on the show led to her becoming one of the highest-paid women in Britain, ultimately earning her an estimated £1 million per year.