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HEAT Magazine: 'She’d present every TV show if we had our way!'

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.  For the last three years Claudia co-hosted the results show with Tess Daley. 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. In March 2015, she was awarded the RTS Award for Best Presenter. In May 2015, Claudia appeared on BBC 1's Watchdog to give an exclusive interview to Chris Hollins about her daughter Matilda's accident in 2014 and to highlight fire safety issues surrounding children's fancy dress costumes. 

In Autumn 2014, Claudia became the permanent host of the show, replacing Sir Bruce Forsyth, and teaming up with Tess for the main show. In March 2015, she hosted the The People's Strictly, which will see the Strictly dancefloor open to members of the public for the first time ever.

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 so called on Claudia’s knowledge of a ‘fleckle’ to host the first two series of Let’s Dance for Sport Relief/Comic Relief. For Red Nose Day 2015, Claudia will be hosting the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon. 2013 saw her 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, produced by Love Productions for BBC2. The third series began in February 2015.
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 also written a lot of things for the Independent.

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