Rachel Riley's Countdown co-star says she 'has always been distant' as he talks shake-up


    Countdown maths whizz Rachel Riley, 34, has returned to filming for the show at the Manchester studio alongside her co-stars Nick Hewer, 76, and Susie Dent, 55.

    On Good Morning Britain today, Nick showed hosts Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard around the newly-organised studio as he discussed the changes which have been made, in line with Government’s coronavirus pandemic advice.

    During their chat, the host walked over to Rachel’s corner in the studio and said: “We’ve got Rachel, she’s always been slightly distant, so no change there,” which prompted Ben to laugh.

    Kate then queried Nick’s comment, as she asked: “When you say Rachel has always been distant, you mean physically, not emotionally? She’s very friendly Rachel, isn’t she?”

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    The host went on to say he is unsure about when the new episodes will be aired.

    Rachel took a break from her Countdown duties last year, following the birth of her daughter Maven in December.

    The mathematician’s baby is her first with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev.

    Rachel announced she was expecting their first child together in the form of a conundrum in May last year.

    A month later, the couple announced they had tied the knot in secret in Las Vegas.

    Rachel and Pasha started dating after they danced together on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

    The dancer left Strictly after eight years on the show last year.

    Countdown continues today at 2.10pm on Channel 4. Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.


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