Clarke Carlisle

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Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle was a contestant in Series 62.

He attracted media attention by being the first Premier League footballer and the third professional footballer to appear as a contestant on Countdown, after Series 59 finalist Neil MacKenzie and Series 61 contestant Adrian Coote.

Two years after appearing as a contestant, Carlisle returned to be Sean Lock's teammate in the special episode, 8 Out of 10 Cats Mashup: The Rematch.

In 2002, he won Britain's Brainiest Footballer, a show hosted by Carol Vorderman, and in 2012, he appeared on a celebrity edition of Only Connect in the same team as Rosie Boycott and Richard Osman.

In December 2014 Carlisle was seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a lorry and was reported to be "fighting for his life". It was later determined that he was drink-driving and it was a suicide attempt. In May 2015, he was banned from driving for three years; his wife, who was involved in the same accident, had divorced him just a few months earlier. In view of his conviction, it is very unlikely he will ever return to either of the two shows.

On 15 September 2017, he was reported to be missing in Manchester but was later found safe on the evening of the same day in Liverpool.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
4986 24/02/2010 P Adam Guest 55 – 89 Clarke Carlisle Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 115
4987 25/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 101 – 78 Alexander Johnston Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 120
4988 26/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 86 – 89 Raheel Mirza Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 151
8-10 MR 24/08/2012 S Sean Lock,
Rachel Riley &
Clarke Carlisle
50 – 41 Jon Richardson
& Joe Wilkinson
David O'Doherty Susie Dent 83

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