Bradley Cates was a contestant in Series 56 and an octochamp in Series 69. He was an 11-year-old schoolboy from Southport, Merseyside, before returning as an 18-year-old in 2013. He also appeared at the unofficial Countdown tournament CoBris 2007.
In his original run he won three games before losing to serial quiz show contestant and future Series 82 octochamp Ian Volante on a crucial conundrum. He returned seven years later, starting off with a victory in a double century game against apterite Mark Hartnett. He achieved five more centuries during his run to become number 4 seed to set up a quarter final with Alex Fish. Cates defeated Fish and returned the next day to face off against number 1 seed Dylan Taylor. In a game noticeable for a controversial conundrum scramble, Cates was defeated but ended his run with another century.
Since his appearances on Countdown, he has graduated in Accounting and Finance and appeared as a contestant on Fifteen to One as a 21-year-old, making the final three on 9 May 2017.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4267||8/01/2007||P||Jon Young||59 – 82||Bradley Cates||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||131|
|4268||9/01/2007||P||Bradley Cates||105 – 68||Katie Gibbins||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||120|
|4269||10/01/2007||P||Bradley Cates||83 – 72||Adrian Lutman||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||142|
|4270||11/01/2007||P||Bradley Cates||63 – 78||Ian Volante||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||117|
|5794||18/10/2013||P||Mark Hartnett||101 – 111||Bradley Cates||Arlene Phillips||Susie Dent||131|
|5795||21/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||100 – 74||Sean Deloughry||Arlene Phillips||Susie Dent||142|
|5796||22/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||123 – 24||Andrew Bryce||Arlene Phillips||Susie Dent||125|
|5797||23/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||109 – 61||Kevin Bromboszcz||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||121|
|5798||24/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||118 – 64||James Clarke||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||146|
|5799||25/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||99 – 59||Margaret Thompson||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||133|
|5800||28/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||107 – 44||Pat Burke||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||123|
|5801||29/10/2013||P||Bradley Cates||95 – 64||Tom Conlon||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||123|
|5836||17/12/2013||QF||Bradley Cates||116 – 85||Alex Fish||Richard Madeley||Susie Dent||126|
|5837||18/12/2013||SF||Dylan Taylor||121 – 103||Bradley Cates||Richard Madeley||Susie Dent||133|