39 Facts About Claudia Winkleman


Claudia Anne Irena Winkleman was born on 15 January 1972 and is an English television presenter, radio personality, film critic and journalist.


Claudia Winkleman has been nominated three times for the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance for her work on Strictly Come Dancing.


Claudia Winkleman was the co-presenter of Let's Sing and Dance for its first two series with Steve Jones.


In 2022, Winkleman fronted the BBC reality show The Traitors, for which she received her fourth BAFTA nomination and first win.


Claudia Winkleman was born in London to a Jewish family and she has no full siblings.


Claudia Winkleman's parents divorced when she was three, both remarrying four years later.


Claudia Winkleman has a half-brother, Oliver Lloyd, from her mother's second marriage.


In 1996, Claudia Winkleman hosted Granada programmes God's Gift and Pyjama Party.


Claudia Winkleman 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.


Claudia Winkleman was an occasional team captain on a gameshow called HeadJam, hosted by Vernon Kay.


Between 2002 and 2004, Claudia 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.


Claudia Winkleman shared the presenting duties with Colin Paterson, and later Paddy O'Connell.


Claudia Winkleman repeated the show in 2005 for the much shorter celebrity version Comic Relief Does Fame Academy.


Also in 2005, Claudia Winkleman co-hosted The House of Tiny Tearaways, a BBC Three reality TV show.


Claudia Winkleman began hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, a supplementary programme to Strictly Come Dancing, taking over from Justin Lee-Collins.


Claudia Winkleman then presented several more reality shows including End of Story, and Art School.


Claudia Winkleman co-hosted the inaugural Eurovision Dance Contest 2007 alongside Graham Norton for BBC One in September of that year and again in 2008.


Claudia Winkleman 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, Claudia Winkleman rekindled her partnership with Kielty when the pair hosted the final leg of Sport Relief 2008.


In 2007, Claudia Winkleman was the face of Sky Movie Premiere's coverage of the 79th Academy Awards, repeating it for the 80th Academy Awards in 2008.


Claudia Winkleman narrated the 2008 BBC Three show Glamour Girls, a documentary series about glamour modelling in Britain.


In March 2009, Claudia Winkleman was announced as the host of the new series of Hell's Kitchen on ITV1.


Claudia Winkleman fronted the nightly show live from the restaurant in East London in its fourth series in the spring.


Claudia Winkleman co-hosted the show with Tess Daly and guest presenter Ronnie Corbett.


The Guardian stated, through her recent hosting of Sky Television's coverage of The Oscars, Claudia 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.


On 2 April 2013, Claudia Winkleman began presenting the BBC Two sewing competition The Great British Sewing Bee, until 2016.


In November 2016, Claudia Winkleman presented the one-off BBC special Buble at the BBC with Michael Buble.


In May 2018, Claudia Winkleman co-presented The Biggest Weekend on BBC Two and BBC Radio 2.


In 2023, Claudia Winkleman hosted a five-part Channel 4 competition show The Piano which gave amateur pianists the chance to perform at London's Royal Festival Hall.


In 2010, Claudia Winkleman became co-host of the Sunday night results show of Strictly Come Dancing, presenting alongside Tess Daly.


Claudia Winkleman started her journalism career as a travel writer, writing columns about her various worldwide excursions.


Claudia Winkleman did so in The Sunday Times and The Independent, but contributed to the free daily London paper Metro in a similar capacity.


Claudia Winkleman 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.


Claudia Winkleman covered for Ken Bruce on several occasions from 2012 until 2014.


In June 2017, Claudia Winkleman covered for Steve Wright in the Afternoon from 2 to 5pm.


In June 2008, Claudia Winkleman was featured in Heat magazine with no make-up on, as part of a stand against the excessive airbrushing of prominent women, which she described as "pretty terrifying".


On 18 March 2011, Claudia Winkleman was one of the presenters of BBC's Comic Relief.


In June 2000, Claudia Winkleman married film producer Kris Thykier at Marylebone Town Hall.


Claudia Winkleman stated that the costume brushed against a candle in a pumpkin.