Heather Styles was an octochamp in and the runner-up of Series 67, as well as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV. Her mother, Phyllis, was a six-time winner in Series 65. She is also an Apterite and has attended CO:REA and CobliviLon.
Appearances on the programme
Styles began her Countdown career on 7 November 2012. In her début appearance against Philip Jackson, her spot of the impressive nine-letter word PLANETOID helped her to a final score of 114, the highest of the series. She proceeded to win seven more heats, getting no further centuries but also no scores below 82, to complete an octochamp run and become No. 3 seed for the series finals.
After seeing off the quarter-final challenge of Tia Corkish rather easily, she came up against No. 2 seed David Barnard in the semis. Styles beat him with ISOLATED and MATERIEL, but he fought back with SEDATING to make the scores dead level going into the crucial conundrum BLUEINDIA. Styles solved this to advance to the Grand Final. Here, however, she emerged runner-up after falling to No. 1 seed Paul James.
Championship of Champions XIV
Styles returned to Countdown in January 2016 as a participant in Championship of Champions XIV. In her opening game here, she notably spotted UNREALIST, a nine-letter word only added in the most recent ODO update at the time. However, her opponent, the Series 68 champion Giles Hutchings, found a nine here too and was indomitable in all other rounds, dropping only three points from perfection, and Hutchings emerged the winner 132 – 73.
Appearances on quiz shows
In 2014, Styles appeared as a contestant in the revival of Fifteen to One.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5584||7/11/2012||P||Philip Jackson||65 – 114||Heather Styles||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Janet Street-Porter||Susie Dent||138|
|5585||8/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||89 – 67||Rhondda McCracken||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Janet Street-Porter||Susie Dent||132|
|5586||9/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||98 – 56||Keith Walton||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Janet Street-Porter||Susie Dent||139|
|5587||12/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||87 – 65||Tracy Turner||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Connie Fisher||Susie Dent||129|
|5588||13/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||82 – 73||Alma Cox||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Connie Fisher||Susie Dent||118|
|5589||14/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||89 – 49||Max Plaice||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Connie Fisher||Susie Dent||119|
|5590||15/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||88 – 20||Stuart Gillespie||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Connie Fisher||Susie Dent||120|
|5591||19/11/2012||P||Heather Styles||90 – 57||Mike Whinnerah||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gyles Brandreth||Susie Dent||132|
|5610||17/12/2012||QF||Tia Corkish||65 – 100||Heather Styles||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Alistair McGowan||Susie Dent||119|
|5613||20/12/2012||SF||Heather Styles||91 – 81||David Barnard||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Alistair McGowan||Susie Dent||117|
|5614||21/12/2012||GF||Heather Styles||51 – 106||Paul James||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Alistair McGowan||Susie Dent||118|
|6279||5/01/2016||CP||Heather Styles||73 – 132||Giles Hutchings||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Gloria Hunniford||Susie Dent||135|