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Jen Steadman

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Jen Steadman
octochamp statistics
Final position Quarter-finalist
Seeding 2
Points total 952
Conundrums solved 6
Jen Steadman
Jen Steadman in her quarter-final game...
...and again in the Championship of Champions XIV.

Jen Steadman was an octochamp in Series 69 and a participant in Championship of Champions XIV, and is statistically the greatest female octochamp in Countdown's history. At the time of her Series 69 appearances she was a University of Exeter English graduate, and by the time of her Champion of Champions games she was a freelance journalist/proofreader. She is also a member of Apterous and C4Countdown, and was the PR and Marketing Officer for FOCAL.

Appearances on the programme

Heat games

In her run, which began with the defeat of Peter Etherington on 30 August 2013, and was completed with the defeat of Ross Lander on 10 September, Steadman broke various records. In becoming the third highest-scoring contestant in the show's history with 952 points, she became the first woman to score above 900 points in her octorun, scored the highest ever score by a woman with her 130 against Ian Toulson in her 4th game, and became the first woman (and only the tenth player after Julian Fell, Craig Beevers, Andrew Hulme, Eoin Monaghan, Jack Hurst, Adam Gillard, Giles Hutchings, Andy Platt and Dylan Taylor) to score eight centuries in her eight preliminaries.


Steadman returned to the finals as number No. 2 seed. Despite her record-breaking octochamp run, she failed to solve the crucial conundrum GANGLIONS and was beaten in her quarter-final match by 7-time winner Callum Todd, who went on to win the series.


In 2015, Steadman returned to the Countdown studio as a contestant in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Series 6, Episode 6, assisting Sean Lock and Jason Manford to victory over Sarah Millican, Jonathan Ross and Roisin Conaty.

Championship of Champions XIV

Steadman returned in 2016 for Championship of Champions XIV, facing off against fellow University of Exeter alumnus George Ford in round 1, winning 126 – 99. In the quarter-final, Steadman once again faced Callum Todd. This time, Steadman emerged victorious by executing some superb power plays to avenge her Series 69 defeat 107 – 85 to claim her place in the semi-finals. Relative to contestants' prior win counts, this formed the first upset of CoC XIV. In the semi-final against "Cool Dan McColm", after being level for the first six rounds, Steadman fell behind to new word ROSMARINE, but reduced the gap with another new word, MOMENTAL, in Round 11. The next round however saw both contestants offering risky 8s. McColm's offering of GENIUSED was good, but Steadman's attempt of unsieved ☓ was invalid. A flat Round 13 and easy last numbers saw McColm avoid a crucial conundrum. Steadman solved ENIDPLATT to sign off with a score of 117, at the time the show's second-highest losing score. This confirmed her as one of at the time five octochamps to never score under 100 points on the show, along with Dylan Taylor, Julian Fell, Craig Beevers and Jack Hurst.


Away from the studio, Steadman was the 2017 FOCAL season runner-up, coming 2nd to Rob Foster in the 2017 FOCAL finals. She hosted Co:Lon 2017, which smashed the Co-event attendance record by attracting 68 players (the previous highest was 52), and CO:LON:2, which maintained the high level of interest with 67 players.

Outside of Countdown

Steadman has enthusiastically supported Tonbridge Angels FC since 2006. She also enjoys travelling, being stylish, and collecting hair accessories in her spare time.


# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Presenters Guest Lex Max
5759 30/08/2013 P Peter Etherington 52 – 104 Jen Steadman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 122
5760 2/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 112 – 19 Derek Knowles Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 120
5761 3/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 118 – 41 David Robinson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Jonathan Edwards Susie Dent 121
5762 4/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 130 – 49 Ian Toulson Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 132
5763 5/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 117 – 62 Ray Tate Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 120
5764 6/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 36 Helen Betts Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5765 9/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 126 – 55 Ned French Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 147
5766 10/09/2013 P Jen Steadman 119 – 82 Ross Lander Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Connie Fisher Susie Dent 131
5834 13/12/2013 QF Jen Steadman 105 – 108 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Dan Walker Susie Dent 133
Cats33 13/02/2015 S Jen Steadman,
Jason Manford
& Sean Lock
54 – 28 Sarah Millican,
Jonathan Ross
& Roisin Conaty
Jimmy Carr Rachel Riley Bill Bailey Susie Dent 68
6282 8/01/2016 CP George Ford 99 – 126 Jen Steadman Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Gloria Hunniford Susie Dent 137
6288 18/01/2016 CQF Jen Steadman 107 – 85 Callum Todd Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Naga Munchetty Susie Dent 125
6291 21/01/2016 CSF Jen Steadman 117 – 125 Dan McColm Nick Hewer Rachel Riley Naga Munchetty Susie Dent 146