WITH her long fridge and thick slick of black eyeliner, Claudia Winkleman is certainly a recognisable face on telly.
Known for her excellent hosting skills and quick wit, she has become one of those most sought after TV presenters in the UK.
Who is Claudia Winkleman?
Claudia Winkleman was born in London on January 15, 1972, and is the daughter of former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard.
Her father Barry was the former publisher of the Times Atlas Of The World.
Claudia's parents split when she was three and both remarried in 1979.
Her mum Eve married former editor of the Daily Express Sir Nicholas Lloyd and her dad, Barry, wed children's author Cindy Black.
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On her father's side Claudia has a royal half sister Sophie Winkleman, and her daughter Maud Windsor was bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie's wedding in 2018.
Her half sister Sophie married into royalty and is known as Lady Frederick Windsor.
Claudia's first major TV gig was on regional discussion programme Central Weekend in 1991, but her big break came when she took over from Bruce Forsyth on Strictly in 2014.
What TV shows has Claudia Winkleman been on?
In 1992 Claudia landed a role on BBC series Holiday which continued throughout the '90s.
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She has also interviewed celebs on This Morning and presented game shows including dating show Three's a Crowd.
In 2002 she got her first daily TV role as a host on BBC Three show Liquid News.
Claudia presented daily updates from reality show Fame Academy and in 2005, and has also hosted Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
In 2022 she hosted her own gameshow called The Traitors on BBC One.
Who is Claudia Winkleman's husband Kris Thykier?
Claudia married film producer Kris Thykier in 2000 in a secret wedding ceremony with just their closest family and friends in attendance.
He's known for his work on movies such as Woman in Gold (2015), Kick-Ass (2010), The Debt (2010) and the Tolkien film (2018).
Kris was also the executive producer on the hit TV show Riviera (2017).
Do they have any children?
Claudia and her husband have three children – they are Jake, Matilda and Arthur.
In 2014, Matilda suffered severe burns when her Halloween costume went up in flames.
Claudia said the costume went on fire after her daughter brushed against a candle.
Speaking about the incident in 2015, she said: “I bought her costume from a supermarket, she wanted to go as a witch so she had a witch’s hat and a cape and some stripy tights and a sort of long flowy skirt thing.
“I was talking to somebody… and then I heard her shout and she was on fire…
“It feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said that it definitely wasn’t the case and it was probably just seconds… she went up, is the only way I know how to describe it… it was a spark and she screamed out for me.
“It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back…it was really fast, it was fast, it wasn’t fire like I’d seen.”
The incident prompted the Government to tighten the flame retardant standards of Halloween costumes.
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