Luke Johnson-Davies was an octochamp in Series 82 who debuted in Series 81. He is a Student at Durham University, from Cambridge. He is also an Apterite. He will almost certainly return to the series in December 2020 to play a quarter-final match.
Luke first appeared on television in the second quarter-final of Series 80 as the audience member who solved the conundrum LOVECRISP with the answer COVERSLIP, which also had SLIPCOVER as a valid solution.
Nearly 6 months later, Luke made his debut as a player on 5 December 2019 against one-game winner Zach Hart. Two nine-letter words and scoring points in every round helped him beat Hart convincingly and catapult to 139 points, breaking Hamish Williamson's 10-year-old record for the highest ever score set by a challenger against a champion by 5 points and Elliott Mellor's 7-month-old record debut score by 8 points. Luke earned four more victories, while never falling below 113 points nor failing to declare at least one nine-letter word, before stepping aside for the finals of Series 81.
Luke soon returned to the programme on 2 January 2020 to carry over his unbeaten run in the first heat of Series 82, kicking off the new year in style by spotting two nine letter words to win his sixth game with 143 points, the joint fourth-highest ever achieved in the "new" 15-round format. In the third show of the series, he became the standout provisional number 1 seed and only the second octochamp ever to join the "1,000 club", setting the second highest ever cumulative score of 1,024 points – an average of 128 per game – after Mellor himself in the process.
Luke is the first contestant ever to declare a valid nine-letter word in at least one letters round in all of their heat games; in total, he declared a record 11 nines: HAILSTONE, OUTDRIVES, EUTOPIANS, LEGATIONS, ARRESTING, RESINITES, DISLOCATE, MONTICULE, ESTIMATOR, PARVITUDE and COURTIERS. He is also the first contestant ever to record a run of four consecutive scores over 125.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|7220||5/12/2019||P||Zach Hart||26 – 139||Luke Johnson-Davies||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||146|
|7221||6/12/2019||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||122 – 60||Janice Collins||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||144|
|7222||9/12/2019||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||113 – 58||Jim Torpey||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||143|
|7223||10/12/2019||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||124 – 28||John Lawlor||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||144|
|7224||11/12/2019||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||126 – 59||Stephen Rooney||Suzannah Lipscomb||Susie Dent||133|
|7232||2/01/2020||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||143 – 51||Gagan Singh Gill||Tim Vine||Susie Dent||145|
|7233||3/01/2020||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||131 – 23||Nathan Nicholson||Tim Vine||Susie Dent||135|
|7234||6/01/2020||P||Luke Johnson-Davies||126 – 36||Carole Bramwell||Tim Vine||Susie Dent||139|