Paul Nixon was a contestant in Series 34 and an octochamp in Series 81. As of his 2nd appearance, he was an Actuary from Surbiton in Surrey. His father, David Nixon, also appeared in both those series.
Nixon first appeared in February 1997 and won his first game against eventual series semi-finalist Paul Peters by 60-32 points. He then won his second game but lost his third against Roger Hayward in a low-scoring 31-29 game. He then returned to the programme 22 years later and started his run against Pauline Creer with a strong 107 points to Creer's 45 points. He then followed with several sensational performances, scoring a total of 7 centuries from his 8 games. In his 5th heat game in 2019 he scored the highest score of the series, 136 points. He ultimately wrapped up his run with 893 points to become an octochamp, and qualified for the finals ranked 3rd.
In his quarter-final match against number 6-ranked John Osmond, it was very close; Nixon took an early lead with his finding of ADUSTION. However, his 6 small gambles went against him, and found himself 2 points behind going into the third half. Nixon beat Osmond in one more letters round to lead by 5 points going into a crucial conundrum, with both players over 100 points. With half a second left, Nixon buzzed in with the correct answer to book a place in the semi-final. Nixon took on #2 prospect Jamie Wing in the semi final, keeping the game neck-and-neck until very near the end, when Wing broke away with two quality solves in the final letters and final numbers to relegate Nixon to a semi-final defeat. Nixon amassed a total of 1,087 points in his Series 81 run, although with his 1997 run he garnered an overall total of 1,233 points.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Presenters||Guest||Lex||Max|
|1937||7/02/1997||P||Paul Nixon||60 - 32||Paul Peters||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Geoffrey Durham||Rob Scriven||71|
|1938||10/02/1997||P||Paul Nixon||57 - 28||John Blackburn||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||74|
|1939||11/02/1997||P||Paul Nixon||29 - 31||Roger Hayward||Richard Whiteley||Carol Vorderman||Jan Harvey||Susie Dent||71|
|7172||30/09/2019||P||Pauline Creer||45 - 107||Paul Nixon||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||154|
|7173||1/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||93 - 48||Harry Robinson||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||122|
|7174||2/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||107 - 44||Dave Richardson||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Pam Ayres||Susie Dent||129|
|7175||3/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||126 - 45||Martyn Willmore||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||147|
|7176||4/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||136 - 45||Helen Millington||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||167|
|7177||7/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||109 - 32||Peter Williams||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||154|
|7178||8/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||112 - 58||Elliot Black||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||135|
|7179||9/10/2019||P||Paul Nixon||103 - 30||Lorraine Davis||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Dr Phil Hammond||Susie Dent||124|
|7227||16/12/2019||QF||Paul Nixon||117 - 102||John Osmond||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||158|
|7230||19/12/2019||SF||Jamie Wing||91 - 77||Paul Nixon||Nick Hewer||Rachel Riley||Tim Vine||Susie Dent||125|