|Born||15 January 1972|
|Education||City of London School for Girls|
|Alma mater||New Hall, Cambridge|
|Occupation||Television presenter, film critic, radio personality, journalist|
|Relatives||Sophie Winkleman (paternal half-sister)|
Sir Nicholas Lloyd (step-father)
Sally Soames (aunt)
Claudia Anne Irena Winkleman (born 15 January 1972) is an English television presenter, film critic, radio personality, and journalist. Between 2004 and 2010, she presented Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on weeknights on BBC Two. Since 2010, she has co-presented Strictly Come Dancing's main results show on Sunday nights with Tess Daly on BBC One and since 2014 has been a main co-host alongside Daly on the Saturday night live shows, following the departure of Sir Bruce Forsyth. She has twice been nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance for her work on Strictly Come Dancing.
Winkleman was also the presenter of the BBC's Film..., replacing Jonathan Ross after his move to ITV in 2010. She was the co-presenter of Let's Sing and Dance for its first two series with Steve Jones. From 2013 and 2016 she presented the BBC Two series The Great British Sewing Bee.
Early life and education
Winkleman was born in London to a Jewish family and has no full siblings. Her parents divorced when she was three, both remarrying four years later. Her mother, Eve Pollard, married Nicholas Lloyd, becoming Lady Lloyd in 1990. Winkleman's father married children's author Cindy Black.
Winkleman's half-sister from her father's second marriage is actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Frederick Windsor. She also has a half-brother, Oliver Lloyd, from her mother's second marriage. Raised in Hampstead, London, Winkleman was educated at the City of London School for Girls and New Hall, Cambridge, obtaining a Master of Arts in Art History.
In 1992, she began appearing frequently in the long-running BBC series Holiday, and this continued throughout the mid-1990s. This culminated in a special documentary in which she travelled around the world for 34 days reporting from Japan, India, Costa Rica and Dubai. Throughout this period, she appeared as a reporter on other shows, particularly This Morning interviewing various celebrities. During the late 1990s, Winkleman presented a number of programmes on smaller digital channels. She had a stint on the cable channel L!VE TV, but soon left to pursue other projects. In 1996, Winkleman hosted Granada programmes God's Gift (taking over from Davina McCall) and Pyjama Party (co-hosted with Katie Puckrik and Michelle Kelly).
Winkleman also presented a number of gameshows including the dating show Three's a Crowd, LWT show Talking Telephone Numbers, the second series of Granada TV show God's Gift and Fanorama. In 1997 she was the co-host of children's Saturday morning TV show Tricky. She was also an occasional team captain on a gameshow called HeadJam, hosted by Vernon Kay.
Winkleman's first major television job was in 2001, on the regional discussion programme Central Weekend. Between 2002 and 2004, Winkleman began her first daily TV role when she hosted the BBC Three Entertainment update show Liquid News, taking over from Christopher Price on the now defunct BBC Choice. She shared the presenting duties with Colin Paterson, and later Paddy O'Connell. The show featured celebrity interviews.
In 2003, Fame Academy appointed Winkleman to present a daily update show on BBC Three, in conjunction with its second series. She repeated the show in 2005 for the much shorter celebrity version Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. Also in 2005, Winkleman co-hosted The House of Tiny Tearaways, a BBC Three reality TV show. She also began hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, a supplementary programme to Strictly Come Dancing, taking over from Justin Lee-Collins.
Winkleman presented many prime time programmes. In 2007, she took over from Cat Deeley as the main host for the third series of Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, co-hosting with Patrick Kielty. She co-hosted the inaugural Eurovision Dance Contest 2007 alongside Graham Norton for BBC One in September of that year and again in 2008. She co-presented the UK selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 called Eurovision: Your Decision, this time accompanied by Eurovision stalwart Terry Wogan. In March 2008, Winkleman rekindled her partnership with Kielty when the pair hosted the final leg of Sport Relief 2008.
In 2007, Winkleman was the face of Sky Movie Premiere's coverage of the 79th Academy Awards, repeating it for the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. The show was broadcast live in conjunction with the ceremony itself, running right through the night into the early hours of the morning. Winkleman has made many guest appearances on panel and talk shows, including: Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Lily Allen and Friends. In February 2008, she appeared on the British version of the comedy improvisational show Thank God You're Here, hosted by Paul Merton.
In March 2009, Winkleman was announced as the host of the new series of Hell's Kitchen on ITV1. She fronted the nightly show live from the restaurant in East London in its fourth series in the spring. On 14 November 2009, she appeared on the main show of Strictly Come Dancing to present backstage, due to main presenter Bruce Forsyth being on sick leave. She co-hosted the show with Tess Daly and guest presenter Ronnie Corbett.
On 29 March 2010, she was named as one of the new co-presenters of the Film programme, replacing Jonathan Ross. The Guardian stated, through her recent hosting of Sky Television's coverage of The Oscars, Winkleman had "proved both a passionate and engaging advocate of cinema", while her husband Kris Thykier is a film producer with credits on several mainstream releases.
In 2015, she appeared on The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz. In May 2015, she appeared on an episode of Watchdog on BBC One. In November 2016, Winkleman presented the one-off BBC special Bublé at the BBC with Michael Bublé.
In 2018, she starred in a TV commercial for Procter & Gamble's Head & Shoulders Suprême premium shampoos and conditioners designed for women. The commercial differs from a typical hair ad as it is 'completely unscripted' and tailored for Claudia, who is best known for her impromptu live presentations and quirky sense of humour.
Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, which started in 2004, was devised as a companion show to run conjoined with the second series of Strictly Come Dancing, and continues to run to date. It follows a similar format to the one Winkleman made popular on Fame Academy, and sees the presenter deliberating and dissecting the ins and outs of the main competition, accompanied by an array of dance experts, assorted guests and the competitors themselves. The show is aired every weekday at 6:30pm on BBC Two throughout the course of the series. The show's four judges also appear regularly on the programme.
In 2012, it was announced that Zoe Ball would be the regular presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, with Winkleman's involvement in Series 10 of the show being limited to co-hosting the Sunday night results show with Tess Daly. Winkleman continues to host the Sunday night results show for Strictly Come Dancing.
Winkleman started her journalism career as a travel writer, writing columns about her various worldwide excursions. She did so in The Sunday Times and The Independent, but also contributed to the free daily London paper Metro in a similar capacity. As her television career and family evolved, she travelled less, and began to write more general work, opinion-led lifestyle journalism about womanhood, sex and relationships. She wrote for Cosmopolitan and Tatler amongst others. Between 2005 and 2008, she wrote a regular weekly column for The Independent called Take It From Me.
In April and May 2008, Winkleman hosted a six-part comedy quiz series taking a humorous look into the week's celebrity gossip, called Hot Gossip. The show was broadcast on a Saturday afternoon on BBC Radio 2; points were awarded to those who dished out dirt. The show featured many famous pundits, including Will Smith, Phil Nichol, Jo Caulfield, Rufus Hound and Jonathan Ross' brother, Paul.
She hosted a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 every Friday night between 10pm and midnight called Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show consisting of interviews with people from the arts world, as well as reviews and debate. In July 2010, Winkleman sat in for Dermot O'Leary. She covered for Ken Bruce on several occasions from 2012 until 2014.
In 2020, Claudia on Sunday was displaced from the schedules and subsequently ended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was announced on 23 November 2020 that Winkleman had taken over the Saturday mid-morning slot on BBC Radio 2 from Graham Norton.
Charity and other work
In 2007, she manned telephones at the BT Tower for the Disasters Emergency Committee in response to problems in Darfur. In May 2007, she helped relaunch The National Missing Persons Campaign, and also supported a Christmas campaign by the charity Refuge, which aimed to stop domestic violence.
On 18 March 2011, Winkleman was one of the presenters of BBC's Comic Relief. In 2012, she was one of the judges and the host of the FilmNation shorts at the British Film Institute, which as part of the Cultural Olympiad for London 2012, encouraged young people aged 14–25 to get involved in film making.
On 31 October 2014, Winkleman's then eight-year-old daughter Matilda was taken to hospital after being seriously injured when her Halloween costume caught fire. Winkleman stated that the costume brushed against a candle in a Jack O'Lantern. Winkleman was temporarily replaced by Zoe Ball who substituted as host of Strictly Come Dancing for three weeks. This incident prompted the government to tighten the flame retardant standards of Halloween costumes.
|Talking Telephone Numbers||Co-presenter with Philip Scofield|
|2002–2004||Liquid News||Presenter||BBC Three|
|2003–2005, 2007||Comic Relief Does Fame Academy||Co-presenter||BBC One / BBC Three|
|2004–2010||Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two||Presenter||BBC Two|
|2004||HeadJam||Occasional team captain||BBC Three|
|2004||Three's A Crowd||Presenter||BBC Two|
|2005–200?||The House of Tiny Tearaways||Presenter||BBC Three|
|2007–2008||Eurovision Dance Contest||Co-presenter with Graham Norton||BBC One|
|2008||Eurovision: Your Decision||Co-presenter with Sir Terry Wogan|
|Glamour Girls||Narrator||BBC Three|
|2009–2015||Comic Relief||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|2010—2018||Sport Relief||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|2012—present||Strictly Come Dancing||Co-presenter with Tess Daly|
|2013–2016||The Great British Sewing Bee||Presenter||BBC Two|
|2016||Bublé at the BBC||Presenter||BBC One|
|2017||The Year in Music 2017||Co-presenter||BBC Two|
|2017, 2019||QI||Herself (guest, two episodes)||BBC Two|
|2018—present||Britain's Best Home Cook||Presenter||BBC One|
|2018||The Biggest Weekend||Co-presenter||BBC Two|
|2019||Icons: The Greatest Person of the 20th Century||Co-presenter with Nick Robinson||BBC Two|
|2020||One World: Together at Home||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|2008||Hot Gossip||Presenter||BBC Radio 2|
|2010||Dermot O'Leary||Stand-in presenter|
|2008–2013||Claudia Winkleman's Arts Show||Presenter|
|2012–2014||Ken Bruce||Stand-in presenter|
|2016–2020||Claudia on Sunday||Presenter|
|2017||Steve Wright in the Afternoon||Stand-in presenter|
|2018||The Biggest Weekend||Co-presenter|
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