Rachel Riley

English television presenter

Rachel Annabelle Riley (born 11 January 1986) is an English television presenter best known for being a co-presenter on Countdown on Channel 4. She has a degree in mathematics from Oxford University.

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Interview, The Observer, 12 Oct 2014Edit

  • More than other subjects there’s a myth that you have to be an absolute genius to be good at maths and to enjoy it, so I think it’s less accessible for people. Even the word “maths” makes people screw their face up.
  • I see the maths face quite a lot. It’s the blind panic that they have to do maths in front of people. It’s just fear and dread. There’s definitely a maths face – try it on someone.
  • I’m really interested in male and female brains and whether female brains or male brains are better at maths. You sit men and women down and give them a maths test and they will do fairly equally. Then you set up the same test, but with different people, and make them tick a box to say whether they are a man or a woman, and the women do significantly worse in the maths test than they did previously in a group set.
  • When you tell people that you are studying maths at uni, they are like, “Oh …”. Especially a blonde Essex girl.
  • Men are not as scared to lose and they’ve got a lot more time to devote to, not exactly pointless things, but to being good at things like Countdown.

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