Lorraine Kelly is pushing former Countdown star Carol Vorderman to become the new presenter

Lorraine Kelly has endorsed former Countdown star Carol Vorderman to become the new presenter of the Channel 4 show after Anne Robinson quit. (Author: Gardener)

Lorraine KellyEver since Anne Robinson announced she was leaving Countdown a year after becoming host, speculation has mounted as to who will take the mantle next. With the likes of Sir Trevor McDonald, Moira Stuart and Colin Murray (who was recently announced as a temporary deputy) mentioned as possible contenders to succeed her, Lorraine Kelly reckons Carol Vorderman - who was in the program for 26 years - will be the one would be perfect candidate. In Lorraine on Monday, Carol was being interviewed at the ITV studio alongside her Celebrity Gogglebox co-star Gyles Brandreth when the topic of Countdown's future was raised. “There is a vacancy at Countdown. Isn't it?' Lorraine exclaimed. The 61-year-old went on to express how "special" she found her time on the game show after working with the original host, the late Richard Whiteley, for over two decades. "I especially loved my time with Richard, you know. Gyles then spoke up to say he thinks Carol is someone who "likes to do new things," just like him. "You're both similar in that, you like new challenges," Lorraine agreed, as Carol replied, "I love new challenges!" Carol recently sparked speculation about a Countdown return when she shared a cryptic post, revealing her Instagram Followers teased with it, saying, "Heading to work......can't wait to tell you what it is...." However, it turns out that was her new job at Celebrity Gogglebox with Gyles. Nonetheless, in a social media post shared in May, she said it would be an "honor" to return to Countdown, before adding, "But I want to whoever is the lucky person to be the new host, all of them." Love and the 9 letter wish words of the world”. Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV. The countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4. If you have a celebrity story, video or pictures, please contact the entertainment team by emailing [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or emailing the visit our content submission page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE : A Day in the Life of... what's it really like to be a contestant on Countdown? 'There was hilariously explicit fan mail... and the Countdown dictionary is completely different' MORE : Anne Robinson addresses 'feud' with Countdown's Rachel Riley: 'It was important to me that we took her mic off'


Carol and Gyles lift the lid on how they handle hot adult Gogglebox scenes together

Carol Vorderman and Gyles Brandreth appeared together on last week's episode of Celebrity Gogglebox and sat down to watch a steamy scene from Fifty Shades of Grey (Author: Gardener)

CarolCarol Vorderman and Gyles Brandreth appeared together on last week's episode of Celebrity Gogglebox and sat down to watch a steamy Fifty Shades of Gray scene of the month. The former Countdown presenter joined This Morning's Gyles Brandreth at the Lorraine studio after they appeared in the final episode of the show, after Gyles appeared alongside Joanna Lumley in a previous episode. The longtime friends explained how they got into it and enjoyed being able to see the shows they might not otherwise have seen. Gyles said: "It's good because it takes you out of your comfort zone. He continued: "I'll tell you what's really nice - I would seriously suggest this to people, especially if you live alone - get a friend to watch TV with you. The former Countdown presenter joined This Morning's Gyles Brandreth at the Lorraine studios. "It's a really nice way to enjoy an evening or afternoon." "It was just fun chatting about a program, eating the snacks - we must have put on a few pounds in the couple of weeks together. Gyles turned to the X-rated programs the Gogglebox households occasionally watch, including steamy Fifty Shades of Gray scenes in the latest episode, and Gyles said snacking was a way to get over the awkwardness with Carol. "In the rather rough ones, I eat feverishly because I don't know what else to do." He said, "During the rather rough ones, I eat feverishly because I don't know what else to do." The friends revealed they first met 40 years ago while on Channel 4 Countdown, when Gyles recalled Carol being the first woman to appear on the show. Lorraine shared a throwback picture from when the pair originally worked together, as Gyles said: "You've gotten younger and more beautiful over the years." Gyles has joked about his wife's shocked reaction when he hooked up with Carol last Friday Celebrity Gogglebox as he appeared on the sofa alongside the Countdown star in shorts. "'I'll leave you alone one night and the next thing I know you're naked on TV with a woman half your age! "She was very shocked, I have to say," Gyles continued. "She was stunned by her beauty, I gotta tell you."


Carol Vorderman wows as she showcases her timeless beauty in a low-cut bikini

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman put on an enticing show for her followers on Instagram as she showed off her timeless beauty with a makeup-free look and a plunging bikini (Author: Gardener)

Carol VordermanCarol Vorderman, 61, wows as she flaunts her timeless beauty in a plunging bikini. We have more Newsletter Show me TV Brainbox Carol Vorderman looked phenomenal as she took to her Instagram in a plunging bikini top while showing off her Welsh surroundings on social media. The 61-year-old appeared relaxed as she shared a short video with her 226,000 Instagram followers describing her current situation. Carol panned the camera around and showed the calm water, while also mentioning that she was close by with military aircraft. READ MORE: Carol Vorderman squirms as Celebrity Gogglebox co-star questions her about her sex life. The blonde beauty wore a straw hat and large sunglasses and went makeup-free as she flaunted her timeless beauty to fans. She also showed off her plunging bikini in the clip, as well as a tight pink scuba outfit seen at the end of the video. Sharing her thoughts, Carol captioned the clip: "Happiest geek girl on the planet." In my dream home, along the jetty next to the crystal clear waters, not a soul around EXCEPT the stunning Hawk T2 @royalairforceuk who made his THANG of @ royalairforcevalley power. I love watching the 3 ship (3 planes taking off the runway together at the same time) around 8:30 when I'm having my coffee." She added, "Oh how I wish I was there now. Stunning inside and out," she wrote. Watching Carol and her beautiful surroundings appear on their screens, fans quickly flocked to the comments section and shared their thoughts. One person wrote: "Nice to see you Carol! Happy days those jets are loud!" Another wrote, "It's a complex equation but fronts + bikini + sunshine = [fire emoji]" A third said, "Looks absolutely stunning Carol with a beautiful view." "It's not summer til I saw Carol in a bikini!" exclaimed a fourth social media follower.The news comes after Carol was speechless during the final episode of Celebrity Gogglebox as her co-star Gyles Brandreth asked her about her sex life. As they sat down to watch "Fifty Shades" on Channel 4, Gyles asked, "Are you dominant? She then quipped, "It's an eight-letter word." Carol Vorderman wows fans with natural Snapped while rocking skintight gym wear Carol Vorderman flaunts her hair transformation while teasing a new project with BBC star Carol Vorderman warns as 'another kn*b' spoofed her identity on Instagram


Carol Vorderman shows off her incredible figure in a bikini in Wales

The 61-year-old presenter appeared to be in high spirits as she took to Instagram on Monday in a bikini to soak up the sun in Wales. (Author: Gardener)

WalesCarol Voderman appeared to be in high spirits as she captured the sunshine in Wales on Monday and took to Instagram. The 61-year-old presenter showed off her incredible physique in a black and white checked bikini as she shared a gallery of clips and snaps. The TV star applied makeup as she beamed in the stylish number while hiding behind large mirrored sunglasses. She styled her long blonde locks in beachy waves as they cascaded past her shoulders under a large white sun hat. In another snap, Carol wowed in a skintight pink swimsuit, which she pulled on half-open to show off her assets. She showed off her natural beauty by going makeup-free and shielding her eyes from the sun with dark sunglasses. She captioned the post: "WELCOME TO WALES. The TV star's outing came as she announced she is returning to Channel 4 and is returning to screens for several episodes of Celebrity Gogglebox. It will be a special moment for the channel as the channel hosts her previous hit show Countdown where she became a household name. Sharing the carousel with her 225,000 Instagram followers alongside the This Morning favorite, Carol wrote: "CELEBRITY GOGGLEBOX... So this Friday at 9pm I'm making my debut on one of my favorite shows of all time and joining the @c4gogglebox gang.. ..with my 40 year old friend @gylesbrandreth.... 'Check out this week and let me know if you're ok with that.... we're a bit loud.... no compromises. @channel4 @c4gogglebox #celebritygogglebox.' Another said: "Wow looking forward to it see you Friday at 9am." "Quality song enjoy enjoy and break out the good banter," commented one viewer. Another simply said: "Excellent pairing..." while one excited follower replied: "Can't wait Carol. "I absolutely can't wait!!!!!" posted another, while someone else wished, "I would absolutely love to share a sofa with these two lovely celebrities." Earlier this month, she challenged Susanna Reid to a "mud fight" over judge Rob Rinder in an Instagram Story. The media personality updated her followers about being recorded for the Pride of Britain podcast as she playfully threw down the glove. She added that the Good Morning Britain host "keeps trying" to take Rob, 44, away from her. Addressing her followers, Carol began: "Well I'm pleased to say I've had a lovely day as we've taped many interviews for the Pride of Britain podcast which is in the process of being released. "If you haven't heard or seen one just go to any of the social channels and I hope you like it. "But you know what our winners at Pride of Britain are exceptional, I mean they're just so simple... special and I've found I learn a lot from them and I did today." She then turned to the conversation with Rob to whom she called the "love of her life". Carol said: "I ... also interviewed the love of my life Rob Rinder, Judge Rob Rinder. "Susanna Reid keeps trying to take it away from me. I told her I'm ready to wrestle her in the mud for him. In an Instagram post, she also called Rob "special and a delight as always."


Carol Vorderman looks unrecognizable in throwback snaps

From her countdown days to red carpet looks (Author: Gardener)

Carol VordermanFrom her Countdown days to red carpet looks Among some of the biggest household names in the UK, television presenter Carol Vorderman is best known for her co-hosting of Countdown. In the early years, Carol was known for her quick calculations, but being in the spotlight, like many other women, her style has evolved over the decades. From her distinctive '80s style of oversized jackets and shirts to cropped brown cuts and red carpet dresses, Carol has garnered a loyal following who love to see what she'll wear next. Here we take a look at Carol Vorderman's style development throughout her career. Memory Lane's latest range is now available from major retailers including Asda, Tesco, Home Bargains and select newsagents. This series of the Autobild special deals with fun in the sun - with breathtaking photographs and precious memories of family holidays from years past. You can also buy Memory Lane online here. Join our Facebook group Memories and History of Liverpool here. For more nostalgia stories, sign up for our Liverpool Echo newsletter here. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and updates from the Liverpool ECHO by subscribing here. TV presenter Carol Vorderman poses with her book Dirty, Loud and Brilliant. 30th August 1988British TV presenter Carol Vorderman One of the presenters on BBC1's 'Tomorrow's World'. September 1994Carol Vorderman at the Grosvenor Hotel at the Royal TV Year Awards 1998Carol Vorderman attends the premiere of The Perfect Storm in Birmingham July 20, 2000British television presenter Carol Vorderman attends the National TV Awards October 11 at the Royal Albert Hall , 2000 TV presenter Carol Vorderman walks past waiting press photographers before the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Press Complaints Committee at Somerset House in London. February 7, 2001Carol Vorderman attends the National TV Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. October 2002British television presenter Carol Vorderman arrives at the Bafta Television Awards April 13, 2003 at the London PalladiumCarol Vorderman arrives at the Pioneer British Academy Television Awards April 17, 2005 at the Theater Royal in LondonCarol Vorderman attends The Closer Young Heroes 2005 Awards at The Dorchester in LondonCarol Vorderman smiles as she arrives for the second day of Royal Ascot in York June 15, 2005Carol Vorderman during the GQ Men Of The Year Awards - Outside Arrivals at the Royal Opera House in London September 2005Carol Vorderman wins Wizard Jeans Rear Of The Year Awards 2011 at the Dorchester Hotel in LondonCarol Vorderman leaving the ITV Studios on January 18, 2011 in LondonCarol Vorderman attends the National Television Awards at the O2 Arena on January 25, 2012 in LondonCarol Vorderman was at the ITV Studios on February 19th spotted , 2014 in LondonCarol Vorderman seen arriving at the Ham Yard Hotel on 10 March 2015 in LondonCarol Vorderman seen leaving the ITV Studios in Leicester Square on May 19, 2022 in London after appearing in 'Lorraine' on June 11, 2015 in London


Michelle Keegan shows off her ripped stomach in a bikini on a solo vacation in Australia

Michelle Keegan embraced her inner adventurer as she set out to explore Australia on a solo trip after sharing her stunning new swimwear shots, which looked sensational with sun-kissed skin and incredible abs (Author: Gardener)

Michelle KeeganMichelle Keegan embraced her inner adventurer as she set out to explore Australia on a solo trip after sharing her stunning new swimwear shots, looking sensational with sun-kissed skin and incredible abs, after she set out on a solo trip to Australia. The former Corrie star, 35, recently traveled to OZ for work, but during a hiatus in the shooting schedule, she bravely decided to explore the north of the country on her own. Michelle took to Instagram to share footage of her incredible finds, including waterfalls, trains, boomerangs and acres of lush greenery, in a video posted to accompany One Direction's Night Changes. And fans couldn't help but notice her sun-kissed skin and incredible abs as she relaxed and enjoyed a cocktail. The TV favorite told his followers: "Last weekend I had a break from work so I decided to explore more of Australia and took myself on a little solo trip north to Cairns! Michelle updated fans on her journey in Oz and urged others to follow her example, adding, "Make the journey, make the memories and hold onto them to cherish forever." Michelle is in Oz to film BBC drama Ten Pound Poms while husband Mark has a work commitment of his own at home. Fans praised Michelle for stepping out of her comfort zone and traveling solo, with one follower adding, "Looks amazing well done to go solo." And Michelle isn't the only one taking on new challenges since her husband Mark is filming a new show with his brother and father and some friends Michelle traveled to Australia without Mark who is busy filming a BBC show A Wright Adventure The BBC One show, A Wright Old Adventure, which is on broadcast on the BBC, Mark and friends will see go-karting in Llandudno, kite surfing in Co Down and cycling in the Scottish Highlands.


Michelle Keegan transforms into the 1950s nurse on the set of Ten Pound Poms

The former Coronation Street actress, 35, ditched her typically glamorous attire for the tatty purple dress and a messy bun roughly pinned at the nape of the neck (Author: Gardener)

Michelle KeeganShe will star in the six-part period drama as a young nurse named Kate. And Michelle Keegan wore a vintage midi dress as she transformed into a 1950s nurse to film scenes on the set of new BBC drama Ten Pound Poms in Australia on Monday. The TV star was spotted strolling around on set in a retro pair of black heels with opaque tights. To keep warm between shots in the Australian winter, Michelle wrapped up in a padded black coat worn over a taupe layer. Arriving in Australia during free time and on set, the British babe slipped into a white t-shirt and black bomber jacket. The six-part series Ten Pound Poms follows a group of Britons who leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 for a life-changing adventure on the other side of the world. For just a tenner they were promised a better house, better job prospects and a better quality of life by the sea in sun-drenched Australia. But life Down Under isn't exactly the idyllic dream promised to newcomers. We struggle with their new identity as immigrants, following their triumphs and pitfalls as they adjust to a new life in a new country, far from Britain and familiarity. They try to make the best of the situation for their family, but the poor living conditions in the migrant home and the locals' attitudes towards immigrants are testing them in ways they could not have imagined. Kate (Michelle Keegan) is a young nurse who arrives without her fiancé and will do whatever it takes to rewrite her devastating past. Bill (Leon Ford) has lost his family business back home and is so desperate to prove he's living the Aussie dream that he'll stop at nothing to live a lifestyle he can't sustain. The first glimpse of Ten Pound Poms comes after it was reported that Michelle is set to take £2.5million from her TV work as she and husband Mark Wright are believed to be TV's richest young couple. With an estimated combined net worth of around £12m, it's no wonder the two are pouring the money into their luxurious new 'dream home'. Michelle uses her own company, Rosia Promotions Limited, for her various television work - with the actress filing accounts for the business on Friday. It's onward and upward for the star, whose profit is up £450,912 on the previous filing - taking in £2,313,678 after costs and deductions. No wonder, as Michelle has become a household name after her long stint on Coronation Street, followed by roles in Our Girl and Tina and Bobby. And it's just part of her shared fortune with husband Mark - as they are believed to have a combined net worth of £12million. The couple have spent the money buying their "dream home" - a £1.3million mansion in Essex. Mark and Michelle have completely renovated the property since purchasing it in October 2019 and even have an Instagram account dedicated to the home. Construction experts have estimated that the house will cost around £3.5million to demolish and rebuild.


Who is Caroline Garcia? Meet Emma Raducanu's second-round opponent, once dubbed world No. 1 by Andy Murray

The Frenchwoman hasn't quite lived up to her stats but she's happier at the prospect of taking on a home favourite (Author: Gardener)

Caroline GarciaIt's been 11 long years since Caroline Garcia was named future world No. 1 by none other than Andy Murray. At that time, the young Frenchwoman set up a clinic in Roland Garros in the round of 16 against Maria Sharapova at the peak of her strength. That day, Sharapova, who has been retired for two years, came from behind to take out Garcia. And while the now 28-year-old made it to world No. 4 and won a few Grand Slam doubles titles, she has since fallen out of the top 50 ahead of a second-round clash with Emma Raducanu. Garcia has a grassroots pedigree, including a recent tournament win in Bad Homburg, where she defeated former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the final. Raducanu won the only previous meeting, a three-set win on the Indian Wells hard courts. And after a strong run into the fourth round at SW19 last year, as well as a direct success opening her account this week, the teenager has strong credentials on grass herself. For Garcia, who has never played on Center Court at the All England Club, she's thriving at the prospect of playing a home favourite. "It will be my first match on center court and it's always a pleasure to play the big courts in the slams and Wimbledon's is very special," she said. At least you know you're going to play and you don't have to wait. It's going to be a great atmosphere. "A few months ago I played her for the first time and she's a very new player so you don't know much about her. I have to play my game, try to be aggressive. I think she played well here last year so she likes the Wimbledon grass field. “We played on hard court last time and it was a threesome. I don't know which is the best. All I know is that the next one is on grass and I will do my best to do the best I can. Visit the LTA website for the latest UK summer grass season promotions


Now you can visit the famous hill of Wimbledon in the METAVERSE

The All England Tennis Club has created The Virtual Hill - a metaverse-style socially interactive experience that allows people to set up a virtual camp on the hill. (Author: Gardener)

WimbledonWhether you call it Henman Hill or Murray Mound, a day spent picnicking at Wimbledon's famous lookout point is cherished by tennis fans the world over. That's because the All England Tennis Club created The Virtual Hill - a Metaverse-style socially interactive experience that allows visitors to set up a virtual camp on the hill. Visitors begin by creating a personalized avatar before choosing their own picnic spot while meeting fellow tennis fans from around the world. Some even get the chance to interact with an avatar of British Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray. They can also invite and explore the Virtual Hill with their family and friends so that they can share their experiences of the revamped iconic fan destination together. While reacting to matches with emojis and sharing moments directly on social media, users can also take on daily missions around the hill for a chance to earn WimbleCoin and daily prizes. In addition to customizing their avatar, users can react in real-time to what is happening in the game and what others are doing around them, as well as explore the big screen and nearby kiosks. They can also interact with polls and in-play data that dramatize the key moments of the day while unlocking more features as The Championships progresses. American Express cardholders have access to the exclusive "Andy Murray Experience" where they can quest and take a selfie with the virtual Sir Andy. There's also a hot air balloon experience called "Up Up We Go" which offers a special aerial view of the hill and a glimpse of the hidden objects surrounding the iconic hill. Sir Andy Murray said: "The Hill is one of Wimbledon's most treasured traditions and I have appreciated the atmosphere that fans on The Hill bring to the Wimbledon spirit. "Ensuring we generate the same kind of feeling and passion in the virtual world is crucial to fostering engagement with fans who can't be here and that's why I'm really proud to be a part of Virtual Hill." Alexandra Willis, Wimbledon's Communications and Marketing Director, said: "The Hill at Wimbledon is one of our most iconic traditions. “Ensuring we are always finding new ways to reach and connect with fans is a critical part of our strategy. Whether it's picking your outfit, taking on daily missions, or just having a nice picnic, we hope everyone enjoys this innovative experience in celebration of Wimbledon 2022.” Shiz Suzuki, Vice President of Marketing at American Express , sponsor of The Championships, said: “Recreating special memories is an important part of what we want to offer tennis fans during Wimbledon this year and the Virtual Hill is an important example of that. "We can't wait to celebrate our fourth year of partnership with The Championships and allow fans around the world to access iconic Wimbledon Hill in its virtual form to experience their own unforgettable moments."


Michelle Keegan welcomes a dog reunion in cute video while filming abroad

The actress has been filming in Australia for the BBC drama Ten Pound-Poms, which follows a group of Britons who embark on an adventure on the other side of the world in the 1950s (Author: Gardener)

Michelle KeeganWe have more newsletters. Get the best in celebrity gossip with the Daily Star Showbiz newsletter. Get the best of celebrity gossip with the Daily Star Showbiz UK newsletter to be reunited with a family member. No, it's not her husband - former TOWIE star Mark Wright - or her parents, it's her dachshund dog Phoebe. The actress has been filming in Australia for the BBC drama Ten Pound-Poms, which follows a group of Britons who embark on an adventure on the other side of the world in the 1950s. READ MORE: Michelle Keegan is emotional as she reunites with her beloved dog Pip while filming abroad. On Thursday, the former Coronation Street bombshell shared an adorable clip from a previous occasion as she returned home from filming. In the short video, Phoebe sees Michelle coming out of the arrivals area of ​​an airport with suitcases on a trolley. Michelle wrote: "Can't wait for this moment," with three red love heart emojis on the clip, Phoebe isn't Michelle's only furry friend - she and Mark also own Pip, a Chihuahua who Michelle had a virtual reunion with earlier this month. Michelle posted to her Instagram Story about her video call with her dog, where Pip, the adorable chihuahua, was seen looking at the camera. The actor teased that this made her emotional with a crying emoji over her part of the screen. Elsewhere in the screenshot, she had written "me" with an arrow on top of the emoji. Michelle and Mark recently celebrated their seven year wedding anniversary, with Michelle uploading a series of pictures of their big day to Instagram. Happy birthday to my husband, my best friend and biggest supporter. I love you," while adding lots of heart emojis for her husband Mark. Since their marriage, both Michelle and Mark's careers have taken off, with Mark hosting talk show Extra in the US and Michelle appearing on TV dramas Tina and Bobby and Our Girls For more showbiz updates from the Daily Star, sign up here for to one of our newsletters.