Susie Dent: Countdown star addresses ‘horrendous pictures’ of her on internet

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Channel 4’s Susie Dent, 56, admitted she’s always been self-conscious about how other people perceive her, but if she could give her younger self any advice, it would be to not care so much about what others think. But it’s easier said than done, as she explained having her picture taken is something that even to this day, she hates with a passion.

Google Images is awash with horrendous pictures of me or of me running away from the camera

Susie Dent

In a recent interview, the Countdown star revealed she’s terrified of looking online.

“Google Images is awash with horrendous pictures of me or of me running away from the camera,” she winced.

“It’s something I always say to everybody else and never take my own advice on, that it doesn’t matter if other people criticise you.”

Susie’s decision to make a Twitter account in 2014 was one that made her quite nervous to begin with.

She now has 705.7K followers on the social media platform, but the fear of what people would think of her, surfaced once again.

“I was quite nervous about going on Twitter, for example, because I immediately thought I was going to be trolled,” she admitted.

“I remember really steeling myself to look at notifications.

“But actually I tend to get followed by people who are equally passionate about words and that’s brilliant because it’s enabled me to have this real connection with some lovely people I never would have met.”

She continued to tell Big Issue: “I had this fear that people were going to think badly of me.”

Susie’s account has become a popular choice for users to follow, especially after she began posting her ‘word of the day’ trivia.

Despite receiving favourable reactions from her fans, the lexicographer revealed she has found so many downsides to social media.

But the one positive aspect is that it “enables people to be themselves” and to “celebrate being different”.

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“I think it’s brilliant for people who want to find other less conventional people who are like them,” she gushed.

Susie went on to discuss how she came to accept the role to appear on TV in front of millions of people.

She first started her career on screen in 1992 when she joined the then presenters Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman, and more than two decades later she has become a well-known part of the series, now appearing alongside Rachel Riley and Nick Hewer.

“I’ve always been quite happy below the radar so I definitely didn’t jump at the chance of going on TV,” she told the publication.

“Also, I just assumed that I would be absolutely rubbish at it!”

She referenced her first performance which is available to watch on YouTube, describing it at a “fairly rubbish” first attempt because she was “frozen with fear”.

“That made me look slightly arrogant,” she admitted.

“I really wasn’t, I was just so nervous. I barely moved my head!”

Countdown airs weekdays at 14.10pm on Channel 4.

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