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Sunday, 24 September, 2000, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Vorderman and husband separate
Carol Vorderman and Paddy King who have announced they are to separate
Vorderman and husband Paddy King with one of their daughters
Television presenter Carol Vorderman, who grew up in north Wales, has officially separated from her second husband, it has been reported.

The 39-year-old Countdown star who spent her childhood in Rhyl has been married for 10 years to Paddy King, 44, with whom she has had two daughters, aged seven and two.

A spokesman for the pair said : "I can confirm that Carol and Paddy have separated."

"They will, for the time being, continue to live in the family home."

"Carol has asked me to make it clear that there is no-one else involved and that the separation is amicable," the News of the World reported on Sunday.

Mathematical brain

The family live in a mansion in Maidenhead, in Berkshire, along with Carol's mother, Jean.

The presenter with a mathematical brain shot to fame as the quick-thinking assistant on Countdown.

In July last year she slimmed down and reinvented herself with a modern image change and went on to front ITV's Better Gardens, Better Homes, Find A Fortune and the Pride of Britain awards.

In this year's Queen's Birthday honours Cambridge-graduate Vorderman was given the MBE for her services to television.

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