"I’m not opposed to going out with someone ten years younger, it’s acceptable.But Duffy was 14 years younger – that was a bit silly really." Happily for Miss Vorderman her new 49-year-old beau falls perfectly into her acceptable age bracket.
They made their first formal public appearance together on Thursday night at a black tie gala hosted by Princess Anne.
He’s incredibly supportive, and totally happy to let Carol do her thing.
"More importantly, he knows all her friends and family and was an absolute rock when her mum recently passed away." The couple stepped out together two nights ago at the Aerospace Bristol museum, of which the presenter is an ambassador.
She got the gig after her mum arranged for the then 21-year-old to have an audition for the show after seeing a newspaper ad looking for women with good numerical skills.
Despite her young age Carol bagged the job and appeared on Countdown with Richard Whiteley from 1982 until his death in June 2005.
Carol and Patrick have two children together, Katie and Cameron.