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Nick Hewer

From Countdown
First appearance 9 January 2012
Last appearance 25 June 2021
Appearances 2,129
Episodes with Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer (born 17 February 1944) was the presenter of Countdown from 2012 to 2021. He took over from Jeff Stelling at the start of Series 66 in January 2012.

Born in Swindon, Hewer started out his career in public relations, before being hired to work for Amstrad, the company founded and run by Alan Sugar. Since 2005, he has gained a TV following by being one of Sugar's two advisors on The Apprentice, which he continued to do alongside Countdown until 2014.

On 16 November 2011, Hewer was announced as Stelling's replacement, nearly 6 months after Stelling announced his resignation from the role. [1] He is the second longest serving presenter after Richard Whiteley, and celebrated his 1,000th episode in June 2016.

In 2020, Hewer was acknowledged in a conundrum with the scramble HEWERSDIP.

In November 2020, Hewer took a break from Countdown during the second and part of the third COVID-19 lockdowns in England. He was replaced by Colin Murray for the 2020 Christmas specials and some of Series 83. On 7 December 2020, Hewer announced on his Twitter account that he would be stepping down as presenter of the programme in 2021 [2]. He was replaced by Anne Robinson. His final episode was the final of Series 83, aired on 25 June 2021.

On his final edition, he was given a recorded tribute by Sugar during the Origins of Words slot.

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