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Jo Brand

From Countdown
Guest appearances of Jo Brand
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First appearance 1 June 1998
Last appearance 20 March 2020
Appearances 95
Episodes with Jo Brand

Jo Brand is a stand-up comic and regular Dictionary Corner guest, and 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 the second episode of the celebrity series). 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, Pam Ayres, Nicholas Owen, Paul Zenon and Richard Digance are the only people to have guested on episodes presented by Richard Whiteley, Des Lynam, Des O'Connor, Jeff Stelling and Nick Hewer, although she was also a contestant on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (presented by Jimmy Carr).

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


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
C2 30/04/1998 CC Jo Brand 37 – 29 Arthur Smith Bamber Gascoigne Susie Dent 60
2874 2/11/2000 X Gyles Brandreth
and Mark Nyman
50 – 46 Jo Brand and
Damian Eadie
none Susie Dent 74
Cats21 4/07/2014 S Jo Brand
& Sean Lock
39 - 35 Jon Richardson
& Claudia Winkleman
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
Adam Buxton Susie Dent 69
C9 12/11/2019 CC Jay Rayner 58 - 50 Jo Brand Chris Packham Susie Dent 135

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