Born on January 15, 1972, Claudia Anne Irena Winkleman is an English television host, radio broadcaster, film critic, and journalist. She hosted Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two on weeknights on BBC Two between 2004 and 2010.
Since 2010, she has co-hosted Strictly Come Dancing’s major results program on Sunday nights on BBC One with Tess Daly.
After Sir Bruce Forsyth left, she joined Daly as a primary co-host for the Saturday night live performances in 2014.
For her role on Strictly Come Dancing, she has received three nominations for the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance.
Early life and education
Jewish parents gave birth to Winkleman in Westminster, London, although she has no full siblings. When she was three years old, her parents separated; four years later, they both remarried.
Her mother, Eve Pollard, married Nicholas Lloyd and took the name Lady Lloyd in 1990. Later, Cindy Black, a writer for young readers, became Winkleman’s father’s wife.
Actress Sophie Winkleman is Winkleman’s half-sister from her father’s second marriage; she is wed to Lord Frederick Windsor.
Oliver Lloyd, a half-brother from her mother’s second marriage, is another relative of hers.
Born and raised in Hampstead, London, Winkleman attended the City of London School for Girls and New Hall, Cambridge, where she earned a Master of Arts in art history.
What has happened to Claudia Winkleman?
As the fight for the Glitterball began on Saturday, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted the BBC competition. Before the show, a caution was given to the celebrities who would be wearing dancing shoes this season.
A caution for famous dancers, it read. All Strictly episodes will now be shown live. That was a word of caution for famous dancers.
After the warning was shown, the show’s celebrity introduction montage set to Jake Shears’ Too Much Music immediately left viewers perplexed.
The fact that the show didn’t open with the standard theme music confused viewers watching it on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Winkleman began her professional career as a travel columnist, chronicling her numerous international travels. She did so in The Sunday Times and The Independent. Still, she also made a comparable contribution to the free daily London newspaper Metro.
She travelled less as her family and television job grew, and she started writing more generic, opinion-driven lifestyle journalism on gender, sex, and relationships.
Among other publications, she wrote for Tatler and Cosmopolitan. She published a regular weekly piece for The Independent called Take It From Me between 2005 and 2008.
In response to the issues in Darfur in 2007, she handled phone calls at the BT Tower for the Disasters Emergency Committee.
She supported launching The National Missing Persons Campaign in May 2007 and the charity Refuge’s Christmas campaign to end domestic abuse.
Winkleman appeared in June 2008’s issue of Heat magazine without any makeup on as a protest against the excessive airbrushing of powerful women, which she called “pretty terrifying.”
Claudia Winkleman’s net worth
Claudia Winkleman is an English television presenter, cinema critic, journalist, and radio host with a $12 million fortune.
The BBC is well-known for Winkleman’s work there. In the 2004 film Suzie Gold, she had her on-screen debut.
She has made guest appearances on the television programs French and Saunders and The Greatest British Sewing Bee.
Pyjama Party was a television program that Winkleman hosted and presented in 1996. She was a presenter for the program Talking Telephone Numbers in 1997 and hosted Fanorama from 2001 to 2002.