TV presenter, radio host, film critic & writer
Claudia Winkleman: Biography highlights
An award-winning and BAFTA nominated presenter, Claudia Winkleman combines mainstream appeal with her own brand of wit as the perfect host for any event, from large-scale awards to more boutique affairs.
Full biography of Claudia Winkleman
Claudia Winkleman’s background
Combining mainstream appeal with her own brand of wit, Claudia Winkleman – an award-winning and BAFTA-nominated TV presenter – is highly sought-after for a variety of corporate engagements, from large-scale awards to more boutique affairs.
Despite being half woman, half fringe, Claudia has successfully managed to claim ownership of two of the BBC’s flagship arts programmes by the clever means of attaching ‘with Claudia Winkleman’ to their titles, resulting in BBC Radio 2’s The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman and BBC1’s Film 2015 with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh.
When not discussing the latest Hockney exhibition or chatting about Spielberg’s most recent offering, Claudia loves nothing more than a twirl with Len Goodman. This had the potential to be quite awkward, so thankfully for all concerned, the BBC devised Strictly Come Dancing. In 2014, she joined Tess Daly to host for the main show. Prior to this, Claudia indulged her love of fake tan hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC2, getting all the behind-the-scenes gossip. She also hosted The People’s Strictly, opening up the members of the public for the first time ever.
In 2015, Claudia appeared on BBC 1’s Watchdog to give an exclusive interview to Chris Hollins about her daughter Matilda’s accident and to highlight fire safety issues surrounding children’s fancy dress costumes.
Claudia is a huge supporter of Comic Relief and, for the last few years, has been one of the main presenters for both Red Nose Day and Sport Relief. Rather handily, in 2009, Comic Relief decided they needed more sequins and dancing in their campaign and called on Claudia’s knowledge of a ‘fleckle’ to host the first two series of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief and Comic Relief. For Red Nose Day 2015, Claudia hosted the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon.
2013 saw Claudia gamely stepping into the tent to take part in The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. After a few soggy bottoms it became apparent that baking may not be Claudia’s thing; however, undeterred, she branched off in a different direction of homemaking to present the brand new series The Great British Sewing Bee for BBC2. The fourth series began in 2016.
Having presented the Sky Premiere coverage of both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, it could be easily said that Claudia loves nothing more than dancing and films. This is true. However, over the years she has presented many other things, some on TV and some on radio. She has recently taken over as the voice of Sunday nights on BBC Radio 2.
Claudia graduated from Cambridge University with an MA Honours in History of Art. She has written for The Independent and The Evening Standard and, in 2016, she became the new weekly columnist for The Sunday Times.
Her impressive corporate portfolio ranges from presenting corporate DVDs for John Lewis, Clarks and BAA, to acting as MC for the Samsung 3D TV Launch and fronting campaigns for Cadbury’s and Air New Zealand, to hosting numerous awards ceremonies, including the prestigious British Fashion Awards, the InStyle Awards, the BCSC Purple Apple Awards, Drapers Etail Awards, the HSBC Awards, the Carphone Warehouse Appy Awards, Quintessentially Awards, Clynol Business and Creative Awards, the New Media Age Awards, and the Campaign Digital Awards. She has also presented the prestigious GQ Food & Drink Awards and the Glamour: Women of the Year Award.
In 2015, Claudia won Presenter of The Year with Strictly co-host, Tess Daly. Alongside her Glamour Award, she scooped up a Royal Television Award for Best Presenter and was nominated for a BAFTA with Strictly Come Dancing.
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She'd present every TV show if we had our way!'
The UK Jewellery Awards
'Claudia did very well. She had them eating out of her hands, she was very respectful of the industry and created a great atmosphere. Please thank her from all of us; we would love to work with her again.'
The Drapers Etail Awards
'The most down to earth laid back nicest person to work with! She presented the awards perfectly with a cheeky great personality!'
'Thoroughly personable and professional. Everything we had hoped for and more in a Presenter and exactly right for that audience.'
The British Fashion Awards
'Claudia was really great, she really did pull it off brilliantly! She had them eating out of the palm of her hand from the very start. I thanked her on the night, but please convey our most sincere thanks to her again.'
'The audience were impressed to see the star from Strictly Come Dancing in person, she did extremely well.'
The Instyle Awards
'Claudia was fabulous and everyone thought she was the perfect co-host. She was great; extremely warm and the crowd loved her!'
'Claudia is so lovely and approachable, she really puts everyone at ease (and makes them laugh), the audience loved her.'