Loose Women presenter Carol Vorderman has suffered a broken nose, and was left with cuts and bruises on her face, after falling down stairs in high heels.

The 52-year-old former Countdown host was leaving a business meeting in central London when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Although she only fell down four steps, it is believed that the impact of the fall was made worse as Voderman had her hands in her pocket.

Vorderman, who has since had an operation to reset her nose, has been forced to cancel TV appearances for the next few weeks.

Speaking about the incident, Carol said: "I feel like a complete idiot – I really do look like I’ve done eight rounds with Muhammad Ali.

"Because I had my hands in my coat pockets while I was running, I had nothing to break my fall except my head.

"The bruising round my eye has reached its peak. I will have a plaster on my nose for a week and hope that the swelling starts to go down.”

The TV star, who is resting at her home in Bristol, also needed to get stitches in her forehead and left eyelid, but added that she was "just counting my blessings I didn’t damage my skull or the left eye itself."

She added: "I’m feeling OK but I have had to cancel work for a few weeks – so no more Loose Women for a while."