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Isabelle Heward

From Countdown

Isabelle Heward was a finalist in Series 28, and a contestant in Series 89. She was from Alkborough in North Lincolnshire and was a charity volunteer at Victim Support for almost 25 years.

Countdown

Isabelle first appeared on Countdown on 9 September 1994, winning her first game by 10 points. She won another 5 games, before being unseated in her 7th game by Carole Rison. Despite this, she qualified for the finals where she suffered another defeat to Wayne Kelly in the quarterfinals.

Heward reappeared on the show nearly 30 years later in Series 89 in 2024, where she won against two-time winner and fellow returning contestant Nikki Needham.

Other quiz shows

Prior to appearing on Countdown, she was a finalist on the now-defunct Film Buff of the Year and has since appeared on Mastermind, in which she became champion in 2017. She then reached the grand final of Fifteen to One in June 2017. Heward also participated on The Chase and on the Scunthorpe Scholars team in Series 12 of Only Connect in 2016. She also appeared with a team made up of Film Buff of the Year alumni on Eggheads in 2022.

Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
1572 9/09/1994 P Dave Ledger 39 – 49 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Ruth Killick 74
1573 12/09/1994 P Paul Henderson 50 – 54 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Richard Stilgoe Ruth Killick 72
1574 13/09/1994 P Bryan Montgomery 54 – 55 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Ruth Killick 72
1575 14/09/1994 P Hannah White 47 – 50 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Ruth Killick 74
1576 15/09/1994 P Warwick Bassett 29 – 47 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Ruth Killick 73
1577 16/09/1994 P Stewart Ivins 17 – 58 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Ruth Killick 70
1578 19/09/1994 P Carole Rison 59 – 40 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Philip Franks Ruth Killick 71
1583 26/09/1994 QF Wayne Kelly 59 – 46 Isabelle Heward Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Michael Parkinson Richard Samson 73
8217 27/02/2024 P Nikki Needham 58 – 86 Isabelle Heward Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 130
8218 28/02/2024 P Isabelle Heward 80 – 43 Paul Davey Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 134
8219 290/02/2024 P Isabelle Heward 74 – 73 Séamus Boland Colin Murray Rachel Riley Vick Hope Susie Dent 134