Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman is a fan favorite and a fixture on the BBC ballroom dance show.
Claudia has been a hit on the show as she co-hosts alongside Tess Daly the Saturday night live shows since Sir Bruce Forsyth left since 2014.
Although she didn’t join the main show until 2014, she has been part of the Strictly family since 2004 when she initially featured Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on weeknights on BBC Two.
The presenter has been nominated twice for the British Academy Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance for her work on Strictly Come Dancing.
Winkleman is renowned for her iconic look, which includes dark hair with signature bangs, she once said, “I don’t think I would have a career if I didn’t have bangs.”
But what do we know about the lives of popular TV hosts when the camera stops rolling?
Who is Claudia Winkleman?
Winkleman was born in London to a Jewish family and has no full siblings. Her parents, both journalists, divorced when she was three and both remarried four years later.
His mother is a former editor of Sunday Express, when his father was a successful book publisher.
Her mother, Eve Pollard, married Nicholas Lloyd, becoming Lady Lloyd in 1990. Winkleman’s father then married children’s book author Cindy Black.
Raised in Hampstead, London, Winkleman was educated at the City of London School for Girls and New Hall, Cambridge, where she earned an MA in Art History.
Her colorful television career began when she began appearing frequently on the long-running BBC series Holiday, which continued until the mid-1990s.
She landed her first television job in 2001, on the regional talk show Central Weekend.
Claudia frequently featured on the BBC’s long-running series Holiday in the mid-1990s.
During this time, she also appeared as a reporter on other shows, particularly This Morning interviewing various celebrities.
Other concerts featured on her debut television include God’s Gift, Pajama Party, Fanorama, and the Saturday Morning Tricky children’s TV show.
But her television career skyrocketed when she landed her role on BBC1’s main show Strictly alongside Tess Daly in 2014, where Claudia and her sharp wit, bold eyeliner and trademark bangs have become a Saturday night staple.
Who is Claudia Winkleman’s sister with a royal bond?
Winkleman’s half-sister from her father’s second marriage is actress Sophie Winkleman, married to Lord Frederick Windsor.
Sophie Winkleman married the world’s most famous family in 2019.
Lord Frederick Windsor is the son of the Queen’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, making Sophie one of the newest additions to the royal family.
The couple have two daughters, Isabella, five, and Maud, eight.
The two Winkelman sisters made careers in showbiz – Sophie, like her sister, won several concerts on television.
She is best known for playing Big Suze on Channel 4’s Peep Show, alongside David Mitchell’s Mark Corrigan and Robert Webb’s Jeremy Usborne.
She also starred alongside Olivia Colman on Peep Show, Olivia later playing her stepmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in The Crown.
The TV presenter also has a half-brother, Oliver Lloyd, from her mother’s second marriage.
Who is Claudia Winkleman’s “secret” husband?
Claudia, a strict host, has been married to film and television producer Kris Thykier for 22 years.
Kris has worked on many hit movies and hit TV shows such as Kick-Ass, The Woman in Gold, and Sky Atlantic’s Riviera.
The 49-year-old star has kept her relationship out of the limelight for most of her long career.
However, during an appearance on The Wheel earlier this year, she made a surprise confession about her “secret” marriage.
The star admitted that she thought her wedding dress was “disgusting” in images shown on the BBC show.
During the television appearance, Claudia told the contestant, realizing that she had given the wrong answer: “I’m going to buy you a wedding dress because I don’t think that’s the right answer.
“Mine was disgusting so I won’t lend it to you, but that’s what we’ll do.”
At the end of the show, it was revealed that the host had kept her word and took Antonia shopping to find the dress of her dreams.
Claudia’s wedding was a very low-key secret ceremony in London.
She rarely talks about her marriage, but in a previous interview with Red Magazine, she said she attributes the success of her marriage, which lasted more than two decades, to her husband’s willingness to team up.
She said: “You see, Kris is very Scandinavian. We’ve been together for 22 years and he never said to me, ‘What’s for dinner?’ It’s always been, ‘What are we going to eat for dinner?’ “
Claudia said OK! In the magazine, she fell head over heels in love with Kris thanks to her kind nature and impeccable manners – and her incredible bedroom skills.
She also said that she oddly wouldn’t have sex with her husband if he drank the water.
Claudia explained that she had a strange phobia of water and would not kiss her husband if he had just finished a drink.
The couple have three children together, Jake, Matilda and Arthur and live in central London.
Seven years ago, Matilda suffered severe burns after the synthetic material in her Halloween costume caught fire while she was doing tricks or healing.
The then eight-year-old was “on fire”, according to Claudia, who praised the “hero” nurses for saving her daughter.
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