BBC Only Connect: Victoria Coren Mitchell’s life off camera from world-class poker player to famous family

Victoria Coren Mitchell is a beloved TV presenter and broadcaster, known for her quick wit and sharp intellect.

Today we see Victoria on our screens hosting BBC’s Only Connect , amongst various other TV appearances.

However, Victoria’s main focus has not always been TV stardom.

Victoria was born in Hammersmith in 1972 to humourist and satirist Alan Coren and Anne Kasriel.

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Her father Alan, who died in 2007, was well-known as a regular panellist on the BBC radio quiz The News Quiz .

Victoria grew up in Cricklewood, North London, with her parents and brother Giles Coren, the well-known journalist and food writer for The Times newspaper.

After being educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Victoria went on to study English at St John’s College, Oxford.

Before becoming a famous face on TV, Victoria had a number of interesting jobs.

Journalist and food writer Giles Coren is Victoria Coren Mitchell’s brother

When she was a teenager, Victoria put her wit to good use with a brief stint as a standup comic.

She also worked as a reviewer of porn films for the Erotic Review.

Most notably, Victoria has had an incredible and admired career off camera as a professional poker player.

Victoria has made history multiple times throughout her poker career, including in 2014 when she became the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour.

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In fact, according to the BBC , Victoria has won a staggering £1.5m in her career as a professional poker player.

Victoria has recognised the surprising contrast between her different interests.

She told PokerStarsBlog she has been known to stay up until 6am, smoking, drinking and gambling.

“But I like cooking and gardening too,” Victoria said, “which makes me sound like a strange mix of an old lady and a teenage boy”.

In 2012, Victoria married actor and comedian David Mitchell from Peep Show and Would I Lie to You?

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Victoria Coren Mitchell and her husband David Mitchell arrive at a Halloween party hosted by Jonathan Ross

Together the couple have one daughter, Barbara Elizabeth June Mitchell, born in May 2015.

Back in 2013, Victoria told The Telegraph she still is smitten and feels lucky to call David her husband.

Victoria said: “I mean, he’s a hugely successful television comedian, he could have had a gorgeous 24-year-old skinny wife with a tiny nose and a string bikini, but he chose me! Me!

“I am filled with this bizarre mix of thinking David could have done a lot better than me and feeling we’re so alike and complement each other so wonderfully that we are the ideal match and couldn’t possibly be with anyone else.”

Only Connect is on BBC 2 tonight at 8pm.

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