Essex born Rachel Riley read mathematics at Oriel College, Oxford, and within a year of graduating had landed the job as the maths expert on Channel 4's daytime stalwart quiz show, Countdown in 2008. It was a controversial time at the show as her predecessor and former Strictly contestant Carol Vorderman was reportedly forced out of the job by being pressured to take a 90% pay cut, but Rachel has remained with the show and it's occasional comedy spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown with comedian Joe Wilkinson playing the role of her "personal assistant". Rachel has recently joined the presenting team on Five's The Gadget Show alongside Jason Bradbury.
Rachel will be taking part in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing and will be dancing with Pasha Kovalev.
Strictly Come Dancing
|1||Waltz||When I Need You||6||7||7||7||27||6th (15)|
|2||Salsa||Get Lucky||4||5||6||5||20||8th (15)|
|3||Cha cha cha||When Love Takes Over||6||7||7||7||27||=9th (14)|
|4||Quickstep||Johnny Got A Boom Boom||5||7||7||7||26||=8th (13)|
|5||Paso doble||Maneater||4||6||6||6||22||11th (!2)|
|6||American Smooth||I Put A Spell On You||7||7||8||8||30||7th (11)|
|*Leaderboard position in Week 2 is based on a combined score from Week 1 and Week 2 dances.|
Week 6 - American Smooth
Week 5 - Paso doble
Week 4 - Quickstep
Week 3 - Cha cha cha
Week 2 - Salsa
Week 1 - Waltz