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Susie Dent


Susie Dent is a British lexicographer, etymologist, and media personality. Susie Dent is widely recognized for her Channel 4 game show “Countdown.”

Early Life

Susie Dent was born on the 21st of September 1964, in Woking, Surrey, England, and holds British nationality. She is currently 59 years old and she has a birth sign of Virgo. Meanwhile, she belongs to English ethnicity.

Meanwhile, she has a sister whose name is unknown. When she was thirteen years old, her parents got divorced. Her father, mother, and childhood details, including their occupation, are currently unavailable. This is due to her secretive nature, which has kept her from disclosing any information to the media and the general public.

Susie Dent – Education

She began her education at Marist Convent, an independent catholic day school for girls in Ascot, Berkshire. Moreover, she spent a term at nearby Eton College preparing for Oxbridge entrance exams before enrolling at Oxford’s Somerville College for her B.A. in modern language. She then earned a master’s degree in German from Princeton University, in the United States.

Professional Career

Initially, Susie Dent served as a German publisher and also in the USA as a language teacher after completing her graduation. Meanwhile, she worked for the Oxford University Press (OUP) until around 2000.

Additionally, she auditioned for Channel 4’s gameshow “Countdown” (involving word and number tasks). She was selected as its resident lexicographer in 1992.

She has been with the show since then, making over 2500 appearances. Moreover, she is the most senior of the team members who are currently on the show. She provides quick information on the origin of a specific word or phrase in the show.

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Caption: Susie Dent hosting the game show, Countdown (Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Additionally, she has also appeared in “Countdown: Championship of Champions” since 1993, in which the best players from previous series return to compete against each other. She has also appeared as a word expert on Celebrity Countdown, which features celebrities as contestants.

Continued her successful career

She again worked as a lexicographer appearing on “8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown” in 2012. It is a Countdown spinoff show hosted by comedian Jimmy Carr with a strong comedy element. The show is extremely popular and is still on the air.

“Susie Dent’s Guide to Swearing,” a Channel 4 television miniseries about the origins of English swear words, aired in 2017. She was a contestant in Richard Osman’s House of Games the following year.

Aside from these, she has appeared on several game and talk shows, including “Steph’s Packed Lunch,” “Good Morning Britain,” “The One Show,” “BBC Breakfast,” and “The Wright Stuff.” She has also participated in discussions about words on various radio shows such as “Word of Mouth” and “More or Less,” and she is a regular panelist on “Wordaholics.”

In 2019, she began co-hosting her weekly language podcast, Something Rhymes With Purple, with writer, broadcaster, actor, and former MP Gyles Brandreth.


Dent wrote a series of annual Language Reports for Oxford University Press (OUP) from 2003 to 2007. The first, simply titled The Language Report, was followed by Larpers and Shroomers (2004), Fanboys and Overdogs (2005), The Like, Language Report for Real (2006), and The Language Report: English on the Move 2000-2007 (2007). This publication’s format was revised for 2008 as an A-Z collection of new and resurrected words. Words of the Year was released in October 2008.

Winning Words was published by the same publisher in 2005, and What Made the Crocodile Cry? was published in 2009. 101 English language trivia questions. How to Talk Like a Local, Dent’s book about dialects, was released in March 2010.

Net Worth 2024

As of 2024, Dent’s net worth is estimated at around $7 million while she earns about $440,000 from her career. Moreover, she primarily worked as a lexicographer, etymologist, and media personality.

Relationship Status

Currently, Susie Dent’s relationship status is divorced. Meanwhile, she was married to Paul Atkins and has been blessed with two children whose names are Thea Atkins and Lucy Atkins. By profession, her ex-husband is the CEO of Patomak Global Partners LLC. Meanwhile, the couple separated in the year 2021.

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Caption: Susie Dent with her ex-husband (Source: Daily Mail Plus)

Dent has kept most of her details hidden from the media. As a result, there are currently no such records regarding her controversy and rumors.

Body Measurements

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Caption: Susie Dent posing for a photo (Source: Irish Mirror)

This beautiful woman stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 60 kg. Moreover, she has a pair of blue eyes with blonde hair color and her body measurement measures 35-25-35 inches.

Susie Dent – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@susiedent’ there are over 75k followers. Likewise, there are 1.1 million followers on the Twitter page ‘@susie_dent’ and she is not present on Facebook.