David Elias was the champion of Series 27.
He first appeared on Countdown on 18 January 1994, beating Gill Nickson 57 – 44 in the 12th heat of Series 27. He won three more games before losing 51 – 45 to Robin Benoy, but his four wins were enough to see him return for the final rounds as #3 seed. There, he beat Alan Ward and Daniel Simonis on his way to the final against octochamp and hot favourite Richard Campbell. The final was a close affair, but Elias eventually ran out the 68 – 55 winner, and the 27th champion of Countdown.
In other occupations, he wrote questions for many quizzes such as The Weakest Link, The Krypton Factor, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
He died in December 2005.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1469||18/01/1994||P||David Elias||57 – 44||Gill Nickson||David Jacobs||Ruth Killick||73|
|1470||19/01/1994||P||David Elias||65 – 28||Marcia Holmans||Nigel Rees||Ruth Killick||73|
|1471||20/01/1994||P||David Elias||75 – 27||Graham Laird||Nigel Rees||Ruth Killick||84|
|1472||21/01/1994||P||David Elias||59 – 45||Richard Griffiths||Nigel Rees||Ruth Killick||71|
|1473||24/01/1994||P||David Elias||45 – 51||Robin Benoy||Nigel Rees||Ruth Killick||70|
|1518||28/03/1994||QF||David Elias||45 – 38||Alan Ward||Martin Jarvis||Richard Samson||82|
|1521||31/03/1994||SF||David Elias||55 – 48||Daniel Simonis||Rosalind Ayres||Richard Samson||74|
|1522||1/04/1994||GF||David Elias||68 – 55||Richard Campbell||Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres||Richard Samson||110|
|1590||4/01/1995||CQF||Suzanne Miles||50 – 38||David Elias||Denis Norden||Richard Samson||70|
|1865||23/10/1996||bQF||David Elias||43 – 60||Andrew Perry||Philip Franks||Susie Dent||83|