Precociously bright, she was penning a weekly teen column in this very newspaper at the age of 15, then went on to read English at Oxford, where she got a First.She now writes a column for GQ magazine and a Sunday newspaper, but is better known for her television work.
“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.” For all her self-effacement, Coren, daughter of the late Punch satirist Alan Coren and sister of food critic Giles, is herself quite a catch.
“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! ” Coren, or Coren Mitchell as she haphazardly calls herself when she thinks it won’t cause too much confusion, is so disarmingly, so extravagantly in love with her husband of 10 months, I (almost) forgive her.
And I might decide to throw rose petals over myself – where are those rose petals?
’ ” Her take on marriage is so sweet, dammit, I’m in danger of wishing her a lifetime of conjugal bliss.
' Presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell has hit back at fans who tweet her during Only Connect - her BBC2 quiz show - to to find out where her clothes from.
On Monday's episode she wore a £145 Karen Millen dress, which is now sold out In reply to a fan who wanted to know where the dress she wore on Have I Got News For You was from, she replied: 'The dress is from Karen Millen, LIKE PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING ELSE I OWN.
Despite being happily married to a diffident clever-clogs of my own, even I secretly hoped I might be in with a chance, were Mitchell and I to stumble across one another by the seminal 1911 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica at the British Library.
When television presenter and world-class poker player Victoria Coren, 41, wed comedy genius and panel-show regular David Mitchell, 39, last year, a wail of anguish rose up from tertiary-level-educated women everywhere, who had been smitten by the groom’s erudition, dry humour and awkward middle-class diffidence.
It might be just the ticket for the forthcoming European Poker Tour (EPT) taking place in London early next month, at which Coren – who was the first woman to win an EPT event in 2006 for £500,000 prize money – will be playing.
But not such a good look in her role as presenter of the unapologetically erudite, lateral-thinking quiz show Only Connect, which begins its eighth series tonight on BBC Four.
Glamorous, blonde, curvaceous in all the right places and sharply funny on-screen, off-air she has a warmth entirely at odds with her deadpan Have I Got News For You delivery.