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Richard Whiteley (1943–2005)

John Richard Whiteley, a staunchly proud Yorkshireman, was a much-loved television presenter and journalist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1943. He was best known for being the presenter of the long running UK Channel 4 television show Countdown (1982). However, prior to this he was primarily a journalist, working as a reporter for Yorkshire ... See full bio »

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Known For

Emmerdale Richard Whiteley
Cryer's Crackers Himself - Team Captain / Himself - Guest
Countdown Thanks
Calendar Countdown Himself - Host


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 2002 Emmerdale (TV Series)
Richard Whiteley
- Episode #1.3321 (2002) ... Richard Whiteley
 1972 Sez Les (TV Series)
- Episode #5.1 (1972)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial for Woolworths.

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Whiteley OBE


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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I had an exercise bike for seven years, but I gave it away. I had only done eighteen miles. See more »


Educated at Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire and Christ's College Cambridge. See more »


Loud ties and stripey blazers, usually clashing


"Twice-Nightly" Whiteley

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