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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.

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 Presenters Guest Lex Max
4986 24/02/2010 P Adam Guest 55 – 89 Clarke Carlisle Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 115
4987 25/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 101 – 78 Alexander Johnston Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 120
4988 26/02/2010 P Clarke Carlisle 86 – 89 Raheel Mirza Jeff Stelling Rachel Riley Jenni Falconer Susie Dent 151
Cats2 24/08/2012 S Sean Lock,
Rachel Riley &
Clarke Carlisle
50 – 41 Jon Richardson
& Joe Wilkinson
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Joe Wilkinson David O'Doherty Susie Dent 83

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