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Sad news for Countdown fan favourite Susie Dent, as it's believed she has split up from her husband of 20 years, Paul Atkins.

The wordsmith, 56, first joined Countdown's Dictionary Corner back in 1992.

She regularly wows fans with her knowledge, and regularly teaches people new words.

The Sun is reporting that she has now split from her teacher husband Paul Atkins on amicable terms.

A source told them that it is a "very sad situation" and that Susie has "handled everything stoically".

They added: “She has ploughed on professionally with all aspects of her working life and is simply trying to make the most of a heartbreaking scenario.

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"Obviously Susie and Paul did all they could to make things work, but decided in the end to part ways."

The pair have two daughters together, and they have reportedly been reportedly living apart for the past year.

It's now believed they have told friends and family of their separation, and the sources say that there are no other parties involved in the split.

An Oxford graduate, Susie first appeared on the Channel 4 show when it was hosted by Richard Whitely.

Anne Robinson recently took over as the new host.

A lover of the English language, as well as appearing on Countdown the star has written several books on the subject.

She also launched a podcast with Gyles Brandreth, 73, called Something Rhymes With Purple.

Stunning Susie also appears on the 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown show, hosted by Jimmy Carr.

Susie often shares a "word of the day" with her 789k followers on Twitter, where she jokingly calls herself "that woman in Dictionary Corner".

Fans were amused last week when she wrote a particularly adult column, giving an introduction to swearing.

She even helped to train Amazon's Alexa to understand UK regional dialects last year.

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