Nick Hewer

nick-hewer1Here is Nick Hewer, PR man-turned-celebrity thanks to a brilliant nine-year spell as Lord Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice. As the hapless candidates made one questionable decision after another, Nick’s over-the-shoulder scowls and witticisms in the boardroom quickly became one of the show’s biggest draws. There were even blogs dedicated to these delightful moments.

Nick became more familiar to me in 2012, when he was, rather unexpectedly, chosen to be the new presenter of Countdown, succeeding the fantastic Jeff Stelling. Even besides his lack of presenting experience, it seemed an odd transition, from cocky business wannabes to friendly grannies and bookish teenagers after only a dictionary and teapot. It would require a very different approach. Indeed, it took Hewer a long time to acclimatise; his charisma exhibited on The Apprentice didn’t seem to translate, leaving only an uncomfortably terse, tactless manner which left me cold…

…though the media would have me in the minority. ‘Unlikely Sex Symbol Has Revitalised Countdown’, shouted the tabloids. Well, go Nick! These stories came just days before someone, apparently in a complimentary mood, approached me and told me I resemble ‘what’s his name… that bloke who does Countdown now’. I’m quite sure after that comment, I wore an expression more of Hewer mould than ever before… though, in retrospect, I’m certain it was just her roundabout way of calling me an unlikely sex symbol. (Pff! ‘Unlikely’!?)

Nick soon settled in and won me over, though his penchant for saying completely the wrong thing and rendering contestants bemused has never really gone away, it’s just become increasingly amusing. Now, Nick has presented almost a thousand episodes of Countdown, continuing on even after retiring from The Apprentice. It’s nice to see the show rekindle some semblance of familiarity, for that is as central to Countdown as the games themselves, and the absence of such is likely why it had previously struggled in the post-Whiteley era. Long may Nick reign!

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44 comments
  1. Catherine Johnson said:

    This is fabulous!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Catherine – pretty pleased with this one! 🙂

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  2. Bella said:

    Fabulous! We love Nick, he’s brilliant on Countdown.

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    • Jacob said:

      I agree. Thanks for dropping by, Bella – glad you like this!

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  3. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    I don’t know him, but the drawing is fabulous ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks very much, Geke – glad you like the drawing!

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  4. His thin-lipped scowl is awesome! I can totally picture him on the shows you mentioned even if I’ve never seen them. Terrific drawing!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Teresa! I think I might have exaggerated it a touch, but it really is a scowl and a half. 😛

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    • Jacob said:

      Hahaha! He’s such a schoolmaster, isn’t he? It does make me laugh (and roll my eyes).

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks Sharon – I’m still really chuffed with how this one came out!

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  5. Lee Hesketh said:

    Now you’ve done it, it looks like a photo Jay! Soo good! I don’t watch Countdown as you know but I agree on the Apprentice, loved him on there and it’s not as good without him and those faces 😦

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Lee, as ever! You’re not wrong about The Apprentice. I started watching last year, Nick’s last series, and this year really misses him, I think.

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  6. PR man – important person for celebrities and businesses. He is good looking man… your drawing is perfect. ***Camilla

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Camilla! A very important job indeed, and an interesting career he has had, going from that to becoming a celebrity himself, at the age of sixty.

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      • camilla2511 said:

        Age is not important. Anyone can start a business at any age. I love and I admire people with strong personality and and without age. ***Camilla

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      • Jacob said:

        I never said it was. It is a credit to Nick’s enviable work ethic.

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      • camilla2511 said:

        Right man, NICK … Jacob, I hope I did not touch you. Sorry… ❤ Camilla

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      • Jacob said:

        Oh no, not at all! 🙂 Just a misunderstanding – I probably should have written more to my original comment.

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      • camilla2511 said:

        Everything is OK Jacob ❤ ***Camilla

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      • Jacob said:

        I’m very pleased to hear that 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha! Oh, don’t, you’ll make me blush… or Nick-scowl. One of the two!

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha! I’m not sure I could ever scowl at you, Charles 😛

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      • Awwww…that’s so sweet! 😉hehe…it’s just because you’ve never met me in person most likely. Lol

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      • Jacob said:

        That was the conclusion I arrived at, yes. 😉 Aw, no, I’m sure you’re not that irritating! I’ll have to ask Phineas.

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      • Jacob said:

        Haha, that’s permanent though, isn’t it? I’m sure it trumps the faces of Nick and I – all part of his charm!

        He was online earlier (as usual) and said: “Charly iz tha bestist n coolist marstur in tha hole wyde werld. Doo yoo hav enny treets forr mee?”

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      • Jacob said:

        Hahahaha! Clearly he needs to stay off the booze as well as the laptop. All these things coming out about your dog that you never knew!

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha – poor dog!

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  7. Canvasi said:

    There are many millions between artists of such high skill, I must say.
    Truly beautifully done 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much – that’s very kind of you to say!

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  8. laylalalas said:

    This is amazing! Nick is so wrong for countdown,it makes me laugh whenever I see him try to keep the show together 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Layla – haha, yes, it is quite a spectacle to behold is Nick hosting Countdown; so bad, it’s good!

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  9. annachayter said:

    A fabulous portrait, Jacob.
    Well done.

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    • Jacob said:

      Very pleased you liked it, Anna – thanks very much!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, again – Nick was a lot of fun to draw!

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