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John Payne (Series 71)

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John Payne was a contestant in Series 71. Born in Aldershot, Hampshire in 1992; his favourite subject whilst at school was mathematics, with this interest seeing him undertake and pass his KS2 maths exam whilst in year 3. He attended All Hallows Catholic School where, after taking his GCSEs, he was presented with the Millennium Award for outstanding achievement. Throughout his childhood he watched Countdown regularly and often spoke of a dream of appearing on the program.

Most recently Payne has been abroad with Progressio, spending three months volunteering in Nicaragua.

In 2016, he was captain of the "Prime" team in Hive Minds, who won the series, including defeating the "Ortographobes" team led by James Robinson in the semi-finals. In April 2017, Payne appeared on Fifteen to One, followed by Only Connect in September of the same year.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
6018 24/10/2014 P George Ford 114 – 68 John Payne Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dave Myers Susie Dent 132