Clare Balding has a natural warmth and innate professionalism, she is a charming speaker and is often wickedly funny.
Coming from a racing family, Clare Balding began her career as an amateur flat jockey, becoming Champion Lady Rider before giving it up to work for BBC Radio. She became the face of the BBC's racing coverage in 1998, and now works freelance across a wide range of sports for television and radio.
She won the nations hearts with her easy style and grasp of detail during the BBC coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, which was her fifth Games. She has also presented at Royal Events, Wimbledon and Crufts.
An ardent hiker, she has presented the BBC Radio 4 series Ramblings, Countryfile, Britain's Hidden Heritage, Britain by Bike and Famous & Fearless. Other TV appearance include QI and Have I Got News for You. She has written regular columns for the Observer and Sunday Telegraph and The Racing Post.
She was RTS Sports Presenter of the Year and Racing Broadcaster of the Year and in 2012 she won a National Book Award for her first book, My Animals and Other Family based on her childhood growing up around racehorses.
She lives in West London with her partner.