Victoria Coren

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Victoria Coren
BornVictoria Elizabeth Coren
1973/1974 (age 38–39)[1][2]
West London
OccupationJournalist, TV presenter,
poker player, writer
Spouse(s)David Mitchell (2012–present)
ParentsAlan Coren (deceased)
Anne (née Kasriel)
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Victoria Coren
BornVictoria Elizabeth Coren
1973/1974 (age 38–39)[1][2]
West London
OccupationJournalist, TV presenter,
poker player, writer
Spouse(s)David Mitchell (2012–present)
ParentsAlan Coren (deceased)
Anne (née Kasriel)
Victoria Coren
Nickname(s)Vicky, Teacup[3]
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)2
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
European Poker Tour
Final table(s)2
Money finish(es)6

Victoria Elizabeth Coren is an English writer, presenter and professional poker player. Coren writes weekly columns for The Observer and The Guardian newspapers and hosts the BBC Four television quiz show Only Connect.


Early life

Coren was born in Hammersmith and grew up in Cricklewood next door to Cricklewood Studios. She is the daughter of Dr Anne Coren (née Kasriel) and the humorist and journalist Alan Coren, and the sister of journalist Giles Coren. She attended girls' independent schools from the ages of 5 to 18.[4] She is a graduate of St John's College, Oxford, where she studied English,[5] and has said that she regularly stays up until 6 am, "Smoking and drinking and gambling. But I like cooking and gardening too, which makes me sound like a very strange mix of an old lady and teenage boy." When asked about this she stated: "It is still true. I'll grow up one day, but not quite yet."[6]


Aged 14, she had a short story published under a pseudonym in Just Seventeen magazine[7] and then won a competition in The Daily Telegraph to write a column about teenage life for their "Weekend" section, which she continued writing for several years.

Her books include Love 16[8] and Once More, with Feeling,[9] about her attempt (with co-author Charlie Skelton) to make the best hardcore porn movie ever. This came off the back of their jobs reviewing porn films for the Erotic Review—a job which led them to believe that most of what they were watching was terrible and that they could make better films themselves.

Coren adapted the newspaper columns of John Diamond into a play called A Lump in my Throat which was performed at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, the Grace Theatre and New End Theatre in London, before Coren adapted it again for a TV play on BBC2 starring Neil Pearson.

Victoria and Giles Coren wrote an introduction to Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks,[10] an anthology of the best comic writing by their father Alan Coren, published by Canongate in October 2008.

Her poker memoir For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker[11] (the subtitle changed to Confessions of a Player when released in paperback in 2011) [12] was published in September 2009, and was well reviewed in The Times[13] and The Observer,[14] as well as other places.

Ormerod hoax

In December 2008, Coren revealed that in 2007 she had instigated a hoax in order to trap a group who turned up to memorial services for people they had never actually met. She created the fictitious and recently deceased Sir William Ormerod, and placed an advertisement in the main British newspapers for his memorial service "followed by a drinks reception".[15] Coren reported that the group duly applied for tickets claiming to have known Ormerod.[16]


Coren was the first woman to win an event on the European Poker Tour and the first player to win both a televised professional tournament (EPT London 2006) and a televised celebrity tournament (Celebrity Poker Club 2005). She frequently plays at the Victoria Casino in London's Edgware Road, where she plays Texas hold 'em. As a commentator/presenter, Coren has presented Late Night Poker and The Poker Nations Cup for Channel 4, World Poker Tour for ITV2 and commentated on The Monte Carlo EPT, Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (Channel 4), Ultimate Poker Challenge (Channel 5) and William Hill Poker Grand Prix 2 (Sky Sports). During her poker career, Coren has become a close friend of The Hendon Mob, and mixes weekly home games with frequent visits to two regular casinos. Coren appeared in five episodes of Late Night Poker, although she never made it to a series grand final. However in Late Night Poker's spin-off Celebrity Poker Club, she defeated Willie Thorne to win the series two grand final before joining Jesse May as the commentator in series three. In the 2003 Hold-Em 100 tournament in London she was a guest dealer for the final table.

On 24 September 2006, Coren won the main event of the European Poker Tour (EPT) London earning a prize of £500,000 and defeating Australian professional Emad Tahtouh.[17] As of 2008, her total live tournament winnings exceed $1,200,000. Coren is a member of Team PokerStars Pro.[18]

On 20 November 2011, Coren finished second in the International Federation of Poker's inaugural The Table World Championship, eventually losing heads-up with 29-year-old Spaniard Raul Mestre. She received $100,000 for second place, $10,000 of which she donated to Age UK.

Personal life

Coren lives in London.[19] She was at one time romantically linked with Harry Thompson.[20] On 20 March 2012 she announced her engagement to actor and comedian David Mitchell.[21][22] Coren has joked that she and Mitchell met at a party; it had previously been speculated that they had first met during the filming of The Bubble.[5] Mitchell says they first met at a film premiere in 2007, but that three years passed before they properly got together.[23] Their wedding took place on 17 November 2012.[23]

TV and radio credits


  1. ^ "David Mitchell and Victoria Coren announce engagement". BBC News Online. 20 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Victoria Coren bets on David Mitchell as husband material". The Jewish Chronicle. 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Victoria Coren: Life as I know it". Daily Express. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Interview: Victoria Coren". The Jewish Chronicle. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Rosamund Urwin (31 May 2012). "Victoria Coren: My obsession with children, five proposals a week and why David and I are no power couple". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Vicky Coren, the Royal wedding and cucumber sandwiches". Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  7. ^ Victoria Coren (19 March 2012). "Girls' mags are not sexy, but sweet". The Observer. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  8. ^ Coren, Victoria (1989). Love 16. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0712-63012-2.
  9. ^ Coren, Victoria; Skelton, Charlie (2010). Once More, with Feeling. Fourth Estate. ISBN 978-1841-15437-4.
  10. ^ Coren, Alan; Coren, Giles and Coren, Victoria (2009). Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks. Canongate. ISBN 978-1847-67320-6.
  11. ^ Coren, Victoria (2009). For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker. Canongate.
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  13. ^ "Times Review". The Times. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  14. ^ Edward Docx (27 September 2009). "For Richer, for Poorer by Victoria Coren". The Observer. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  15. ^ The Times, 14 August 2008.
  16. ^ Victoria Coren (12 December 2008). "Victoria Coren: My dad's memorial service was going so well. Then the ghouls turned up". The Observer. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  17. ^ "The European Poker Championships, Main Event - No Limit Hold'em: Hendon Mob Poker Database". 2006-09-24. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  18. ^ "Victoria Coren". Team PokerStars Pro. Retrieved 25 April 2008.
  19. ^ "Poker face Victoria Coren wins £½m". Daily Mail. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  20. ^ Kay, Richard (9 November 2005). "The dying wish of a ladies' man". Daily Mail.
  21. ^ "David Mitchell and Victoria Coren: Engagement Announcement". The Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  22. ^ "David Mitchell and Victoria Coren announce engagement". BBC News Online. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  23. ^ a b Hadley Freeman (19 October 2012). "David Mitchell: goodbye lonely nerd". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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