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Carol Vorderman has revealed she no longer wants to put an emphasis on being on TV after a career spanning over three decades.
The 60 year old, who recently sported a daring low-cut swimsuit in a holiday throwback snap, explained that she simply can't believe she's been hosting The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, for 22 years as it was announced nominations for this year open today, Monday 14 June.
The TV personality said she feels as though she's in her 20s, despite what her birth certificate states and has "got the greatest sense of freedom that I’ve ever had".
Presenter Carol is now looking forward to the next chapter of her life as she said: “I was a good daughter to my mum until she died in 2017, and I’ve looked after my kids, Katie, 29, and 24-year-old Cameron, as a single parent, and they’re happy. So it’s like… what shall I do now?”
Speaking about her career, she continued: “And next year it will be 40 years since Countdown started.
“But I’m not that bothered about being on the telly any more. I worked my butt off last year and I don’t want to do it any more.”
Carol kept herself busy during the series of lockdowns that plagued the country amid the ongoing pandemic by filming a "couple of new TV shows and books" as well as new scenes for The Maths Factor.
However, the time she spent working led her to struggle with her health as she went on: "By last Christmas I was bloated and not well. Tired beyond tired, and I was finding filming not pleasant.
“In January I said to my agent, ‘I’m just not doing that any more. I don’t see the point. I’m going to concentrate on my health’, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Carol went on to tell MirrorOnline that she wants to spend her time helping others and revealed she's been working with Swansea and Cambridge universities for years secretly giving away educational bursaries to help children from deprived backgrounds.
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Carol, who recently showed fans around her converted van, also said she wants to set up her own foundation to "give back" after living a "very interesting life" despite coming from a "really poor family".
The star added that she feels very lucky to work with Pride of Britain and give awards to the everyday heroes of the country. She said: “I genuinely wake up every day and think, ‘Bloody hell, you’re a lucky woman, Vorderman’.”
The Pride of Britain Awards will air on ITV in the autumn as nominations are set to close on 13 August. Winners will be chosen by the Pride of Britain judging panel, from a shortlist drawn up from all the nominations received.
Carol added: "It is always such a thrill and an honour to meet the Pride of Britain winners. They are the absolute best of our wonderful country, but they also tend to be incredibly modest, which is why we need people to tell us about them.
"So, if you know an unsung hero, whether it is someone who has changed one life or changed the world, tell us about them and nominate for Pride of Britain today."
You can nominate your unsung heroes now at prideofbritain.com/nominate.
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