Rachel Riley shows off baby bump in blue dress as she leaves Countdown Studios

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Pregnant star Rachel Riley looked radiant in a light blue summer dress as she made her way out of the Countdown studios in Salford after a day’s filming of the show.

Rachel and husband Pasha Kovalev, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, already share 18-month-old daughter Maven who, along with her impending sibling, will no doubt keep both parents’ hands full.

Wearing pink toenail polish in a pair of sandals and her blonde hair swept back, the presenter looked effortlessly put together carrying her rucksack as she left.

Rachel, 35, made her debut on Countdown when she was just 22 and over the years has become a fixture of the show and a favourite among loyal watchers.

New host Anne Robinson was also spotted exiting the studios who, in contrast, made her debut on the programme at the age of 76 back in June of this year.

She was seen wearing a pleated skirt, wedge platforms and a beaded necklace after filming.

The TV veteran had confessed to feeling nervous in the lead up to her first appearance on Countdown, however she impressed viewers almost immediately with her famously sharp wit.

Anne concluded her first show with her iconic wink and a short ‘goodbye’ – just as she used to when hosting the BBC’s The Weakest Link.


Rachel and Anne have worked well together so far as they've led Countdown’s first all-female presenting team.

"It’s been really fun watching Anne very quickly find her feet in the Countdown studio,” Rachel said after her first show, concluding that the day had been, “very lively” as Anne asked contestants funny questions and made jokes.

Announcing her pregnancy with her second child in April this year, Rachel confirmed the baby is due in October giving her a couple more months to spend with Anne in the studio before she embarks on maternity leave.

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