Victoria Coren Mitchell

She/Her

Victoria Coren Mitchell is a writer, presenter and professional poker player. She has been the host of Only Connect since its inception in 2008. A well known face and a distinctive, witty and intelligent voice, she’s a brilliant choice for both awards hosting but also moderating discussions and hosting live interviews.

With a career taking her from professional gambler, to journalist, from author to podcaster, and finally to her best-know role as the host of the long-running intellectual quiz show Only Connect on BBC 2, Victoria is a multitalented writer, creative and TV presenter. She on comedic and intellectual TV shows, such political favourite Have I Got News for You?, Would I Lie to You?, 8 Out of Ten Cats, QI and Taskmaster.

Starting her career in journalism at the tender age of 14, Victoria had a short story published under a pseudonym in Just Seventeen magazine and then won a competition in The Daily Telegraph to write a column about teenage life for their “Weekend” section.

As a writer, she adapted the newspaper columns of John Diamond into a play called A Lump in my Throat, which was performed during the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe and the New End Theatre in London, before she adapted it again for a BBC Two docudrama. Her books include poker memoir For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker which was well reviewed.

As a poker player, Victoria was the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour, the first player to win both a televised professional tournament (EPT London 2006) and a televised celebrity tournament (Celebrity Poker Club 2005), and the first player to win two European Poker Tour Main Events (EPT London 2006 and EPT Sanremo 2014). As of 2021, she was the 14th best-earning female live poker player ever.