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Jo Brand

From Countdown
Guest appearances of Jo Brand
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First appearance 1 June 1998
Last appearance 9 February 2024
Appearances 110
Episodes with Jo Brand

Jo Brand is a guest on Countdown, and a contestant in Series 1 of Celebrity Countdown, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Series 2 of Celebrity Countdown. She is a stand-up comic, writer, presenter and actor.

Brand is noted by the producers as being one of few celebrities who would be capable of holding their own on the show (which was demonstrated in Episode C2). As such, it is entirely believable that she does indeed spot the words she lays claim to… particularly the nonsensical ones.

Brand was first revealed to be a Countdown fan when she appeared on the special retrospective programme The 2000th Edition in 1997.

She is the only person to have guested on episodes presented by Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor, Jeff Stelling, Nick Hewer, Anne Robinson and Colin Murray, and has also been a contestant on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (presented by Jimmy Carr).

She took over Rachel Riley's job for the final numbers round in Episode C11, in so doing making it look difficult.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
C2 30/04/1998 CC Jo Brand 37 – 29 Arthur Smith Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman Bamber Gascoigne Susie Dent 60
2874 02/11/2000 X Mark Nyman
and Gyles Brandreth
50 – 46 Jo Brand
and Damian Eadie
Richard Whiteley Carol Vorderman none Susie Dent 74
Cats21 04/07/2014 S Jo Brand
& Sean Lock
39 – 35 Jon Richardson
& Claudia Winkleman
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Joe Wilkinson Bill Bailey Susie Dent 69
Cats26 19/09/2014 S Jon O'Neill,
Jo Brand
& Sean Lock
52 – 24 Jon Richardson,
Vic Reeves
& Rob Beckett
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Adam Buxton Susie Dent 69
C9 12/11/2019 CC Jay Rayner 58 – 50 Jo Brand Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Chris Packham Susie Dent 135
Cats145 12/08/2022 S Jamali Maddix, Bradley
& Joe Wilkinson
73* – 56* Jon Richardson
& Jo Brand
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Rachel Parris Susie Dent 75
* includes 5 points from a bonus game

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