University Challenge viewers were left swooning at Kings College London captain – Daily Mail

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It is a show for armchair quizzers, but University Challenge viewers found themselves distracted from the questions last night by the King’s College London captain and his ‘gorgeous’ voice.  

Philosophy student Atyab Rashid, 22, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, led his team to victory over Glasgow University in the opening match of the new series of the BBC2 quiz show – but it wasn’t his intellectual prowess that had fans talking. 

Dozens of swooning viewers took to Twitter to praise his charming demeanour and ‘amazing’ voice, with some saying he has a future in broadcasting. 

Others suggested his perfect pronunciation was a ‘step up from the Queen’s English’. 

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King's College London captain Atyab Rashid, from Daventry, Northamptonshire left viewers swooning after leading his team to victory against Glasgow last night

King's College London captain Atyab Rashid, from Daventry, Northamptonshire left viewers swooning after leading his team to victory against Glasgow last night

King’s College London captain Atyab Rashid, from Daventry, Northamptonshire left viewers swooning after leading his team to victory against Glasgow last night

Team captain Rashid, a 'keen arts enthusiast', is studying for a BA Philosophy at King's College London, with a focus on political philosophy. Pictured, in a social media photo

Team captain Rashid, a 'keen arts enthusiast', is studying for a BA Philosophy at King's College London, with a focus on political philosophy. Pictured, in a social media photo

Team captain Rashid, a ‘keen arts enthusiast’, is studying for a BA Philosophy at King’s College London, with a focus on political philosophy. Pictured, in a social media photo 

University Challenge viewers were captivated Rashid's performance on last night's episode

University Challenge viewers were captivated Rashid's performance on last night's episode

University Challenge viewers were captivated Rashid’s performance on last night’s episode

One viewer tweeted: ‘OMG #Rashid on University challenge, I’ve never seen anyone hotter. Only yesterday I was in love with #Grealish, just shows how the heart moves on.’

Another wrote: ‘University Challenge Rashid I think I want to marry him what a gentle soul.’

A third tweeted: ‘Anyone watching University Challenge? Rashid – give up the degree and just narrate for a living! That voice! #UniversityChallenge.’

Another fan chimed in: ‘Rashid is amazing how can I meet Rashid is he real? #UniversityChallenge’, wrote a third.’

Team captain Rashid, a ‘keen arts enthusiast’, is studying for a BA Philosophy at King’s College London, with a focus on political philosophy. 

The 22-year-old is involved in non-profit organisation the Young Barnet Foundation, which helps grow local activities and opportunities for children and young people across London. 

On LinkedIn, he describes himself as being ‘dedicated to social mobility and increasing diversity in higher education’. 

He is also a committed member of the Liberal Democrats Party and is the vice-president of the King’s College London Liberal Democrat Society, having spoken at events on topics such as global democracy and the EU. 

The rest of KCL's team was made up of (L-R) medicine student Ananth Sathyanath, of Hampshire; developmental biology student Rachel Bedwin, from south west London and Oliver Beard from south east London

The rest of KCL's team was made up of (L-R) medicine student Ananth Sathyanath, of Hampshire; developmental biology student Rachel Bedwin, from south west London and Oliver Beard from south east London

The rest of KCL’s team was made up of (L-R) medicine student Ananth Sathyanath, of Hampshire; developmental biology student Rachel Bedwin, from south west London and Oliver Beard from south east London

Several took to Twitter to with one joking the philosophy student has 'a future in public announcing' while others have already predicted that Rashid could become a firm favourite contestant this series

Several took to Twitter to with one joking the philosophy student has 'a future in public announcing' while others have already predicted that Rashid could become a firm favourite contestant this series

Several took to Twitter to with one joking the philosophy student has ‘a future in public announcing’ while others have already predicted that Rashid could become a firm favourite contestant this series

Alongside his studies, Rashid runs a blog where he shares political musings on events.  

He was joined on the show by Ananth Sathyanath, of Hampshire, who is studying medicine; developmental biology student Rachel Bedwin, from south west London; and Oliver Beard from south east London. 

On the competing side was physics student Erin Thompson, from Glasgow; physics student Nicky Fairbairn, from the west coast of Scotland, captain Sean Cairns from Clydebank and Darius Darulas studying computer science and physics. 

Glasgow initially took the lead in the head-to-head quiz match but King’s College London pulled ahead in the final moments of the show, eventually winning 115 to 100.  

On LinkedIn, Rashid describes himself as being 'dedicated to social mobility and increasing diversity in higher education'

On LinkedIn, Rashid describes himself as being 'dedicated to social mobility and increasing diversity in higher education'

On LinkedIn, Rashid describes himself as being ‘dedicated to social mobility and increasing diversity in higher education’

It means Atyab and the rest of the team will return to screens in the second round. 

Although the series has only just started, viewers are already predicting Rashid will be one to watch.   

One viewer even predicted that Rashid will become the new Eric Monkman of Wolfson College, Cambridge, who became a viewer favourite after his stint on the series in 2017. 

‘It’s only 5 mins into the 1st ep, but reckon we already have our new Monkman. #Rashid #UniversityChallenge’, said the viewer. 

The Canadian student became something of an internet celebrity since joining the BBC Two quiz show thanks to his animated facial expressions and eccentric demeanour.

Glasgow initially took the lead in the head-to-head quiz match but King's College London pulled ahead in the final moments of the show, eventually winning 115 to 100

Glasgow initially took the lead in the head-to-head quiz match but King's College London pulled ahead in the final moments of the show, eventually winning 115 to 100

Glasgow initially took the lead in the head-to-head quiz match but King’s College London pulled ahead in the final moments of the show, eventually winning 115 to 100

 

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