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Jeremy Clarkson reveals ‘best ever Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? contestant’ wins top prize

The best contestant to ever appear on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? wins the top prize next month, according to host Jeremy Clarkson.

The new series has already been filmed, with one person walking away with £1 million – the sixth millionaire the ITV show has produced since 1998.

The programmes were filmed without a studio audience because of guidelines on social distancing. 

Jeremy, 60, said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that we’ve found someone who seems to know just about everything.

‘I can’t wait for the viewers to see it and I want to watch it back, too. I was just in awe of this contestant and think they are probably the best the show has ever had in its 22-year history. It was a joy to sit and watch it unfold.’

Clarkson said the contestant ‘whizzed through the 15 questions’, adding: ‘All of a sudden, confetti was falling from the ceiling and I was saying ‘You’ve just won £1 million’. 

‘I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to utter those immortal six words and I’m not embarrassed to say, it was a little emotional but, boy, did it feel good.’

In May, retired doctor Andrew Townsley, from Glasgow, nearly became the sixth £1million winner but walked away with £500,000.

When faced with a final question on motorsport, he decided to play it safe and stick with half a million pounds.

Ingram Wilcox was the most recent winner of the top prize, going all the way in 2006.

In all, five contestants have previously won the £1 million prize on the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

The first was Judith Keppel in November 2000.

For her final question, then-host Chris Tarrant asked: ‘Which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?’ Miss Keppel correctly answered Henry II.

Other winners include Pat Gibson in 2004, Robert Brydges in 2001, and David Edwards, also in 2001.

Perhaps the most famous contestant in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? history, Major Charles Ingram, was back in the news recently thanks to ITV drama Quiz.

Ingram ‘won’ the grand prize but it was never paid out after he was accused of cheating in an infamous coughing scam.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returns to ITV in September.

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