James Haughton

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James Haughton in Series 81.

James Haughton was an octochamp in Series 81. He's a Maths PhD Student at the University of Manchester.

The Apterite began attending Co-events in 2018, and after rapid improvement, he won his first FOCAL event, CoNuT in 2019 — all prior to his run on the show in July of the same year, in which he began his run with a strong début score of 118 and a spot of the nine-letter word ROUTINISE. He then continued a strong run, scoring centuries in all his games, spotting impressive nine-letter words and getting 6 conundrums correct. He ultimately wrapped his run with 958 points to become the second octochamp of the series, and will return for the series finals currently ranked as the number one seed.

Outside of Countdown, Haughton previously appeared on University Challenge where he represented the University of Manchester in 2015. In 2017, he was a semi-finalist on Mastermind. He also partook in the 66th series of Brain of Britain in 2019.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
7118 16/07/2019 P James Haughton 118 – 41 Patrick Coombes Michaela Strachan Susie Dent 158
7119 17/07/2019 P James Haughton 103 – 50 Darren Rampton Rory Bremner Susie Dent 120
7120 18/07/2019 P James Haughton 133 – 31 Sonia Elston Rory Bremner Susie Dent 156
7121 19/07/2019 P James Haughton 125 – 20 Ryan Williams Rory Bremner Susie Dent 144
7122 22/07/2019 P James Haughton 134 – 30 Iain Sime Rory Bremner Susie Dent 150
7123 23/07/2019 P James Haughton 114 – 30 Rob Payne Rory Bremner Susie Dent 143
7124 24/07/2019 P James Haughton 118 – 51 Katrina Bond Rory Bremner Susie Dent 133
7125 25/07/2019 P James Haughton 113 – 16 Frank Coma Paul Sinha Susie Dent 130
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