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Rachel Riley pregnant: When did she join Countdown and who is her beau Pasha Kovalev?

Rachel Riley has announced she is pregnant with former Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev’s baby on Instagram today.

The 33-year-old shared an image holding her stomach posing in-front of the Countdown set, but who is Rachel Riley and how did she meet Pasha Kovalev?

Rachel made her TV debut in 2008 on the Channel 4 gameshow Countdown, when she was just 22-years-old, since then the blonde bombshell has gained huge popularity with the public. 

Alongside former The Apprentice star Nick Hewer, 75, Rachel hosts the word and numbers puzzle games, regularly showcasing her extensive maths knowledge to viewers.

Rachel has a degree in Mathematics from Oxford University and effortlessly solves Countdown maths problems in record times on the show.

The new mum-to-be also co-hosts comedy spin off show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013.

In what could be seen as yet another product of the so-called “Strictly Curse” Rachel and Pasha, 39, met on the talent show after being partnered together as celebrity and professional dancer.

The pair announced they were a couple after Rachel split with her former husband Jamie Gilbert that same year. 

Speaking about her relationship in 2017, the maths whizz said: “I am in love now. I don’t feel I have to get married. I don’t think I need that pressure anymore. And I am perfectly happy.”

Pasha, 39, made his dancing debut on Strictly in series nine in 2011 but revealed he was leaving the show after a whopping eight years.

Strictly also saw the dancing professional paired up with the likes of  Love Island’s host and presenter Caroline Flack, Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts and Chelsee Healey.

Countdown continues tomorrow at 2:10pm on Channel 4.

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