Ian Volante was a contestant in Series 56 and an octochamp in Series 82. He is a statistician and korfball player from Edinburgh, but originally from Yorkshire. As of his second appearance, he was living in Musselburgh. He has also been an Apterite since 2008, and is the first member of Apterous to have played at least one game on more than 4,000 different days. 
Volante first appeared on Countdown on 11 January 2007 against 11-year-old Bradley Cates, a future Series 69 semi-finalist, in which Volante won the game on a crucial conundrum. He then won two more games before losing his fourth to Amey Deshpande.
13 years later, Volante returned to Countdown as a contestant in Series 82 on 6 February 2020. On his "second début", he scored points in every round but the conundrum to outrun John Barlow by 48 points. The next day, a spot of the nine letter word RELATIONS helped Volante to 117 points. On his third episode, he scored a personal best 119 points after finding RELATIONS again! On the episode broadcast on Nick Hewer's birthday, Volante became the second octochamp of the series and amassed a total of 826 points,
Following a 14-week hiatus due to COVID-19, 4th-ranked Volante played his quarter-final match against the number 5 seed Ryan Styles in December 2020. Although Styles won a very difficult 6-small numbers round to force a crucial conundrum, Volante never fell behind in the game and won by a score of 82 – 76 to march on to the semi-finals against top seed Luke Johnson-Davies. However, Volante's run ended here after being overwhelmed in the letters rounds and lost 112 – 65. He did manage to beat Luke with a perfect solution to the second numbers round though, and reduced the opposition to his lowest winning score by anyone who had yet faced him. Volante amassed an overall score of 973 points in his Series 82 run. In addition to his Series 56 run, his overall score is 1,326 points.
Appearances on quiz shows
In 2000, Volante qualified for the Fifteen to One Grand Final of Series 29 with 211 points, but was subsequently unable to appear in the Final because he was travelling in Australia at the time of filming. He has also appeared on University Challenge, Mastermind and Only Connect. On 31 May 2010, he appeared on A Question of Genius where he came 2nd out of 6 contestants, beaten only by the previous day's winner. In 2014, he appeared on the revived Fifteen to One, reaching the heat final and eventually finishing 3rd. He made yet another quiz show appearance on the short-lived programme The Switch on 29 November 2019.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|4270||11/01/2007||P||Bradley Cates||63 - 78||Ian Volante||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||117|
|4271||12/01/2007||P||Ian Volante||94 - 64||Lee Collingham||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Martin Jarvis||Susie Dent||131|
|4272||15/01/2007||P||Ian Volante||102 - 93||George Rhodes||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Barry Cryer||Susie Dent||144|
|4273||16/01/2007||P||Ian Volante||79 - 91||Amey Deshpande||Des O'Connor||Carol Vorderman||Barry Cryer||Susie Dent||118|
|7257||6/02/2020||P||John Barlow||60 - 108||Ian Volante||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Prue Leith||Susie Dent||122|
|7258||7/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||117 - 54||Maria Chandler||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Prue Leith||Susie Dent||134|
|7259||10/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||119 - 66||Josh Parmley||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Prue Leith||Susie Dent||146|
|7260||11/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||101 - 30||Angharad Smith||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||123|
|7261||12/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||90 - 28||Bethany Austin||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||134|
|7262||13/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||96 - 47||Michael Haycock||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||131|
|7263||14/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||93 - 38||Robbie Walden||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||131|
|7264||17/02/2020||P||Ian Volante||102 - 60||Paul Silcock||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Paul Sinha||Susie Dent||124|
|7410||15/12/2020||QF||Ian Volante||82 - 76||Ryan Styles||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||John Inverdale||Susie Dent||119|
|7411||16/12/2020||SF||Luke Johnson-Davies||112 - 65||Ian Volante||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Levi Roots||Susie Dent||135|