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Rachel Riley leaves husband Jamie Gilbert after 16 months of marriage

The Countdown and Strictly star married her husband last August

Countdown star Rachel Riley has left her husband just over a year after they married.

The maths expert, who recently starred in Strictly Come Dancing, married university sweetheart Jamie Gilbert last August.

A spokeswoman for the star confirmed the pair, who live in Essex, have separated.

Riley, who replaced Carol Vorderman on the daytime show, married in front of guests including co-star Nick Hewer.

She was the fifth star to be voted off this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, losing the dance-off to Abbey Clancy.

Riley and partner, Pasha Kovalev, were unanimously given the boot by judges after the head-to-head battle with the model who has been touted as one of this year's main contenders.