Carol Vorderman: Countdown star left stunned after Mark Labbett’s shock revelation

Former Countdown legend Carol Vorderman was joined on her show BBC Radio Wales by her co-star Owain Wyn Evans and their special guest, The Chase star Mark Labbett. The 59-year-old received a call from a fan of the quizmaster who admitted to having a “crush” on the ITV favourite before Mark left Carol seemingly taken aback.

Speaking on the show, Carol mused: “We have The Chase fan on the line, Jane are you there?”

Caller Jane replied: “Yes, we’ve just come back from shopping. We just switched on the TV to get BBC Radio Wales. You’re my favourite guy.”

Mark replied he was “humbled” by Jane’s fondness of him as the pair chatted about Storm Dennis – which the caller admitted was her husband’s name.

Her beau could be heard talking in the background, as Jane spilled: “My husband has met Mark before when he was teaching in Newport.”


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Carol then asked: “Jane what is your question for your celebrity crush Mark Labbett?”

The caller chuckled: “I would just love to have a big cuddle off him.”

Mark seemingly moved by the caller’s admission, he replied: “That’s very kind of you.”

Jane then added: “On my pub quiz team would be you Mark, Anne Hegerty and of course Carol.”

The BBC Radio Wales host then posed a question to the caller about Mark as she admitted she was left stunned by his revelation.

The mathematician quizzed: “Now, Jane. I’m going to ask you something and you can’t Google it. He’s [Mark] has got a half birthday today. So it’s like his six month birthday.

“How old do you think Mark Labbett is? Because he’s just stunned me.”

She replied: “I wouldn’t like to disrespect him but I would say 39.”

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Carol then asked the caller how old her husband believed The Chase quizmaster is as she put forward the same question.

But the caller didn’t seem to understand the question, as she instead gave her husband Dennis’ age, saying “78”.

The radio personality couldn’t contain her laughter, as she said: “No, how old does Dennis think Mark is?”

The caller responded: “42,” while the BBC Radio Wales producer guessed his age to be 37.


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Overwhelmed by the compliments, Mark revealed he has just had his passport renewed as he divulged his real age, saying: “I’m 54.”

An ecstatic Carol couldn’t believe his age, as the caller said: “You must have really good genes.”

Mark joked: “I do have good genes. And the most important thing I can say is the hair dye I use is nothing at all.”

Carol later took to Twitter and shared a snap alongside The Chase favourite, in view of her 425,000 followers.

She captioned the post: “Thank you for today ⁦@BBCRadioWales… And most of all for giving us your brilliant answers for pub quiz teams and what you’re doing during #StormDennis. You’re BRILLIANT. “And thank you The Beast ⁦@MarkLabbett and the Not so much of a Beast ⁦@OwainWynEvans.”

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