• Fri. Oct 22nd, 2021

Rachel Riley celebrates her final day on Countdown before maternity leave

Oct 8, 2021

Rachel Riley has said her goodbyes to the Countdown crew as she heads for maternity leave.

The 35-year-old presenter shared behind the scenes snaps from the Channel 4 set, showing off her baby bump.

Rachel was joined by computing and maths expert Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon in the photos, who will be taking over as presenter while she is on maternity leave.

The star will still appear on-screen until December and Dr Anne-Marie will fill in for Rachel until she returns next year.

The Countdown host captioned her post saying: ‘Well that’s it from me, I’ve officially finished filming to pop a baby out!’

‘You’re stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @notyouraverageami will be keeping the numbers in line till I’m back next year!’

Well that’s it from me, I’ve officially finished filming to pop a baby out!

You’re stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @aimafidon will be keeping the numbers in line till I’m back next year!

Hope you have loads of fun Anne-Marie, best of luck lovely! pic.twitter.com/dUZnwFvERL

The maths enthusiast began her career on Countdown in 2009 when she was 22, replacing long-serving mathematician Carol Vorderman. 

Rachel is already a mum to one-year-old daughter Maven, who she shares with former Strictly Come Dancing dancer Pasha Kovalev.

The loved-up couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 when he was still a professional dancer on the series and Rachel was a contestant.

Following the presenter’s split from her first husband Jamie Gilbert, the well-known presenter and the ballroom dancer started dating.

Rachel and Pasha – who tied the knot in Las Vegas 2019 – announced they were expecting their second child back in April.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, Pasha said: ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming them into this world, sometime in October.’

Could be a matter of days now!

Countdown airs weekdays at 2.10pm on Channel 4.

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