Rachel Riley: Countdown star shares adorable baby Maven update to mark special day

Rachel Riley took to social media yesterday to share an adorable picture of her five-month-old baby daughter.

The 34-year-old TV star posted the picture of Maven Aria, who she shares with her Strictly star husband Pasha Kovalev, 40, online to launch a virtual maths festival.

The Countdown star dressed her daughter in a very appropriate T-shirt with the words “I’m a numbers person” on the front to mark Women In Maths day.

In the picture, the beautiful baby can be seen lying on a blanket in the slogan top and a pair of stripy shorts.

She wears a big smile on her face and is surrounded by stackable number blocks.

Mum-of-one Rachel shared the photo with her 479,000 Instagram followers on Tuesday ahead of the online maths event.

She captioned the image: “We’re getting ready for tomorrow!”

The maths whizz continued: “I’ll be launching the @national_numeracy #NationalNumeracyDay Virtual Festival at 8am, tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May.

“A day dedicated to boosting the nation’s confidence and positivity towards numbers and everyday maths.”

Explaining a little more about the festival, she said it would focus on: “Help with helping your kids with their maths, Getting to grips with your finances and Building your confidence and skills.”

Rachel then advised her followers to visit numeracyday.com for the full festival line up.

She signed off: “And incidentally, happy #WomenInMaths day today!”

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Earlier in the week, Rachel gave fans an update on the return of long-running quiz show Countdown.

The Channel 4 show, like many TV programmes, has been forced to suspend the production of new episodes due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to Radio Times about a return to the famous studio, the star of the show told the publication: “We’re playing it by ear.

“Nick is in the protected age category, so we won’t be rushing back – safety remains paramount.”

The show’s host Nick Hewer is 76 and in an age group deemed “clinically vulnerable” to contracting COVID-19.

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