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Friday, 1 December, 2000, 10:54 GMT
Millionaire 'toff' fights back
Judith Keppel
Judith Keppel: "It's the last opportunity to stamp on us"
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? winner Judith Keppel has hit back at critics who complained that a "toff" won the top prize.

She told The Spectator magazine that she had struck a small blow for "dispossessed nobs" who were losing their status in British society.

Ms Keppel was the first person to win the show's top 1m prize last week.

"I think toffs ought to line up in rows, and sign on, and fight a bit," she said.

Judith Keppel
Ms Keppel was the show's first millionaire
"It's the last throw, really. They are stamping on us now. There's no power base, no House of Lords. It's the last opportunity to stamp on us."

Denying claims that she was already rich before she entered the big-money game show, she said: "Well, what they don't seem to understand is that you can have toff relations, but equally you can have not very much money.

"My particular bit of the family are not rich. My grandfather sold our family house in Norfolk after the war because they thought that way of life was over."

She said of the show, hosted by Chris Tarrant: "Right from the beginning, I saw it as a frightfully good opportunity to make money because I realised if you were lucky with the questions and didn't get asked too many about pop stars and footballers, you could win a great deal of money."

But Ms Keppel, from Fulham in west London, said she would keep her win in proportion, adding Sir Elton John "could spend that much in a fortnight".

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