Judith Cynthia Aline Keppel (born 18 August 1942), a garden designer from Fulham, was a contestant on series 8 of the UK version of the show on 18, 20 November 2000. She was the first British contestant to win £1,000,000. Later she appeared on September 6 and 9 on 2003 with David Seaman and won £32.000.
Judith is the granddaughter of Walter, 9th Earl of Albemarle. Her great-grandfather, the 8th Earl was brother-in-law of Alice Keppel, the mistress of King Edward VII and was the great-uncle of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess of Cornwall is therefore her third cousin.
On the 6th and 9th September 2003 Judith returned to the hot seat as part of the 5th Birthday special, playing with former goalkeeper David Seamen and winning £32,000 to share between their charities after answering the £64,000 question incorrectly.
Keppel now appears on the quiz show Eggheads, where she and six other quiz champions are pitted against members of the public.
There was speculation at the time that the win was fixed so that ITV would draw ratings away from BBC One which was showing the last episode of One Foot in the Grave in the same timeslot. However, the ITC cleared Celador and ITV of the allegations.
Judith Keppel's win was broadcast just over one year after John Carpenter's run (19 November, 1999), the first American contestant to claim the million dollar prize on the U.S. version of the show and the first contestant anywhere in the world to answer all questions correctly and claim the top prize.
Judith Keppel is the only female contestant to win the top prize in the UK version of the show.
Judith Keppel is the only British contestant to win £1,000,000 in neither the months of September or April and not on a Saturday.