Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman was left nursing a broken nose in hospital after smashing her face in a horror fall down a flight of stairs. The current presenter of Loose Women, 52, had her hands in her pockets as she ran downstairs following a meeting in a tower block in central London. Unfortunately for Carol, her heels gave way, leaving the TV star tumbling down the stairs.

After calling boyfriend Graham Duff, Vorderman - who had blood pouring from her nose - was driven to a London hospital where she was treated for a broken nose, a badly gashed forehead and a cut eyelid. There, she underwent an operation on her broken nose and had stitches in her forehead and eyelid. The glamorous presenter was also left with a black eye and a plaster cast on her nose, forcing her to take two weeks off work while her injuries heal. She told The Sun: "I'm feeling OK but because I had my hands in my coat pockets while I was running, I had nothing to break my fall except my head.I really do look like I've done eight rounds with Muhammad Ali! The bruising round my eye has reached its peak."

Vorderman admitted she felt like a "complete idiot" after her fall, though it could have been much worse for the mother-of-two, who was awarded an MBE in 2000. "I have stitches in my forehead and my left eyelid but am just counting my blessings that I didn't damage my skull or the left eye itself," she added.

Vorderman began dating former Squadron Leader Graham Duff after meeting at a charity event last year. 

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