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Claudia Winkleman - things you didn't know about the Strictly Come Dancing presenter

Claudia Winkleman
Dave Benett/Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Claudia Winkleman attends the Johnstons of Elgin presentation during London Fashion Week February 2020 at The Serpentine Gallery on February 17, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) (Image credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Claudia Winkleman isn't just a television presenter, she is also a writer and is even related to the royal family...

These days we know and love Claudia Winkleman for her amazingly shiny hair and brilliant presenting on Strictly Come Dancing each weekend evening.

But after almost three decades on our TV screens, Claudia has crammed more into her glittering career than it seems possible.

From radio to writing, TV to podcasts, it seems there's nothing that Claudia can't turn her hand to - but there's more to the presenter than wearing sparkles and fake tan every Saturday night for Strictly.

Most fans of the presenter will know that:

  • She does a huge amount for charity, including presenting Comic Relief and Sport Relief
  • She's the face of shampoo brand Head & Shoulders
  • She is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2

But what else do we know about Claudia Winkleman? Here are several things you probably don't know...

1. She started her career on a travel show

Claudia appeared on long-running travel show Holiday regularly during the 1990s. Since then Claudia has presented numerous game shows, presented the BBC2 show The Great British Sewing Bee, and started her time on Strictly Come Dancing by hosting Strictly spin off show It Takes Two.

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Along with her friend Tanya Byron, who is a clinical psychologist, Claudia co-hosts a podcast called How Did We Get Here? The podcast identifies struggles faced by real-life parents and family members, inviting them to open up in an un-scripted session. As Claudia listens, Tanya tries to help by finding solutions to each issue.

3.  Tess Daly isn't just her colleague 

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Claudia and Tess are friends as well as colleagues (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/David Oldham)

While Tess Daly and Claudia have become everyone's favourite presenting duo thanks to Strictly Come Dancing, the pair are also firm friends and spend time together away from the show. Claudia also credits Tess for helping with her live TV nerves each week on Strictly. She told "I love her. She is warm, funny, so beautiful but such a strong creature. I get really, properly vomit-inducing nervous before each show - it's the responsibility that scares me. Tess is the person who looks after me and helps me."

4.  Claudia has written her own book

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Claudia isn't just a TV presenter, she is also very talented writer. She started her journalism career as a travel writer, working for newspapers like The Sunday Times, The Independent and Metro. She has also written for magazines Cosmopolitan and Tatler and has recently released a book called Quite, which is a collection of essays celebrating friendship, family and the little things that get us through the day.

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Sophie Winkleman is Claudia's half sister (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Claudia's parents divorced when she was three, with her father going on to marry children's author Cindy Black. Claudia's half sister from her father's second marriage is actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lord Fredrick Windsor, son of the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent. Sophie Winkleman is also a well known actress, appearing in The Chronicles of Narnia film, and Poirot, Peep Show, Waking the Dead and BBC drama, Strike.

6. She was once starstruck by Harold Bishop

Harold Bishop (Ian Smith) is one of Ramsay Street's most popular residents - and friends were devastated when he was recently diagnosed with cancer

Claudia grew up watching Harold in Neighbours (Picture: Channel 5) (Image credit: five)

While Claudia must have met some of the most famous people on the planet during her career, she has confessed it is a Neighbours legend who left her flustered. She told "Harold Bishop from Neighbours blew my mind! I'd watched it twice a day at university, and there he was, in front of me in Tesco. I could barely breathe!"

7.  Her husband is a film producer

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Claudia and her husband Kris have been married for 20 years (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Claudia has been married to Kris Thykier for 20 years, but has admitted that he is the romantic one and not her. When asked in an interview with about what the secret is to a lasting marriage, Claudia claimed you need kindness. "I don't need a trip to Paris or anything fancy, I just need someone to run me a hot bath or to suggest a good boxset."

Claudia Winkleman's Fact File 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the presenter....

How old is she?

Claudia Winkleman's age is 48. She was born on 15th January 1972.

Is she in a relationship?

Claudia Winkleman married husband Kris Thykier in 2000.

Does she have children?

Claudia Winkleman has three children Jake, Matilda and Arthur.

Where was she born?

Claudia Winkleman was born in London.

How tall is she?

Claudia Winkleman is 1.65 metres tall.

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Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.