Susie Dent

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The most definitely toothsome Susie Dent is surely one of the best things about Countdown. She has, for quite a while now, been the longest-standing figure on the programme; that accolade came with the departure of co-host Carol Vorderman in 2008. It’s hard to believe Susie made her debut in Dictionary Corner way back in 1992!

For many years, her role – ‘lexicographer’, which entails checking the validity of contestants’ declarations by scanning the dictionary for them – was done on a rotor basis by various men and women of the Oxford University Press. However, Dent became more and more prominent and was clearly the most popular with viewers, and in 2004 she took the job full-time. She’s appeared in almost every episode since then, seeing plenty of hosts come and go, and overall has adjudicated in well over 3,000 programmes. In 2007 Susie’s affinity with viewers was recognised with a new interlude in the show, in which she researches and discusses the etymology of various words and phrases.

She’s marvellous. I leave you with one of my favourite Susie moments, in which she believes Ricky Martin wrote a song about some huts:

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17 comments
  1. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Very nice and detailled drawing (y)

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  2. You made her look so lovely and vibrant! 🙂 Love the expression on her face!

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    • Jacob said:

      Lovely and vibrant are two very fitting words for Susie, so thanks very much for that! She often wears that expression of kind tolerance, especially when the host is wittering on endlessly about nothing relevant (as was the case here).

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  3. Other treasure from your creation… ❤ Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      Blush! Thanks so much, Camilla!

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  4. Catherine Johnson said:

    That is fantastic! You did that cute thing with her lips that is so her.

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, so glad you notice that and think I did it well! Thanks, Catherine!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Sharon – glad I did her justice!

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha – with the cocktail of Countdown and lexicography, being cool is pretty much a given 😉 Glad you like it, Charlie – I was pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Wicked likeness Jay, one of your best I think. Susie is a lovely lady.

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    • Jacob said:

      Blush. Thanks so much, Lee, as ever. Susie is indeed wonderful!

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    • Jacob said:

      Yet more suitable words for Susie Dent, there – encouraging stuff, thank you!

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