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Jackie McLeod

From Countdown
Jackie McLeod in Series 21...
...and 22 years later in the 30th Birthday Championship!

Jackie McLeod was the runner-up of Series 21, and was a participant in the 30th Birthday Championship.

She was a Local Government Secretary from Highgate, North London. She won 3 games in the heats before losing to Malcolm Mackinnon. This was enough to see her return for the final rounds as #8 seed, and she beat Lew Schwarz and Nick Saloman on her way to the final against Barry Grossman. However, McLeod lost the final 99 – 67, Grossman's quicker conundrum finger being the major difference between the two.

McLeod returned for Championship of Champions VI, but was beaten in the first round by Chris Waddington.

McLeod also played in the Supreme Championship, beating series champions Lawrence Pearse and Clive Spate in the first and second rounds respectively, before losing to Joyce Cansfield in the group finals.

She returned to Countdown in 2013, as one of 41 contestants taking part in the 30th Birthday Championship. She lost her only match in a rematch of the final against Barry Grossman by a score of 79 – 65.

She is also a Scrabble expert and has appeared on several quiz shows, including the short-lived Channel 4 show Beat the Nation in 2004, BBC One's !mpossible in 2017 and ITV's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2019. She has also won a series of Turnabout and an episode of The Weakest Link.

Preceded by
Derek Coombs
Series runner-up
Series 21
Followed by
Robert Teuton


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
1077 11/01/1991 P Robert Houston 35 - 52 Jackie McLeod Dinah Sheridan Catherine Clarke 70
1078 14/01/1991 P Nimmy Aslam 28 - 46 Jackie McLeod Dinah Sheridan Catherine Clarke 73
1079 15/01/1991 P Susan Gould 18 - 58 Jackie McLeod Hayley Mills Freda Thornton 64
1080 16/01/1991 P Malcolm Mackinnon 45 - 31 Jackie McLeod Hayley Mills Freda Thornton 82
1126 21/03/1991 QF Jackie McLeod 55 - 33 Lew Schwarz Sally James Judy Pearsall 72
1130 27/03/1991 SF Jackie McLeod 50 - 27 Nick Saloman Brian Johnston Richard Samson 67
1132 29/03/1991 GF Jackie McLeod 67 - 99 Barry Grossman Sally James, Brian Johnston Richard Samson 117
1328 4/01/1993 CQF Chris Waddington 59 - 49 Jackie McLeod Richard Stilgoe Susie Dent 71
1876 7/11/1996 dQF Lawrence Pearse 45 - 47 Jackie McLeod Geoffrey Durham Susie Dent 81
1879 12/11/1996 dSF Jackie McLeod 49 - 46 Clive Spate Barry Cryer Susie Dent 74
1880 13/11/1996 dF Jackie McLeod 42 - 50 Joyce Cansfield Barry Cryer Susie Dent 70
5621 15/01/2013 30BP Jackie McLeod 65 - 79 Barry Grossman Martin Lewis Susie Dent 119