CLAUDIA Winkleman is involved in a plethora of TV shows, making her one of the most recognisable people on television.
Now, she is heading back to our TV screens THIS WEEK when Strictly series 17 arrives on our screens on September 7. Here’s what we know about the star famous for THAT fringe…
How much does Claudia Winkleman earn for Strictly?
Claudia is paid a salary of £370,000 a year for her work on the BBC.
A large portion of this covers her role on Strictly, which she started in 2014.
However, the busy broadcaster also has a Radio Two show and takes part in numerous other BBC programmes – which makes up the rest of her salary.
She also hosts Britain’s Best Home Cook, which is returning for a second series in 2020.
Her net worth is reported to be a cool £9million.
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).
They live in posh Connaught Square in London.
What are Claudia Winkleman’s royal connections?
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.
Sophie’s husband Lord Frederick Windsor is 47th in line for the throne, due to his father – Prince Michael of Kent – being the Queen’s cousin.
The couple married at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.
Who are Claudia Winkleman’s parents?
Claudia, 47, 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.
How many children does Claudia have? And what happened to her daughter Matilda?
Claudia and her husband have three children – they are Jake, 16, Matilda, 13, and Arthur, eight.
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.
How did Claudia Winkleman break into TV?
Her first major TV gig was on regional discussion programme Central Weekend in 1991.
In 1992 she landed a role on BBC series Holiday which continued throughout the 90s.
She also interviewed celebs on This Morning and presented a few 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.
The following year, Claudia presented daily updates from reality show Fame Academy and in 2005, she began hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.
In 2012, it was announced that Zoë Ball would be the regular presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two while Claudia would host the results show with Tess Daly on Sunday nights.
Claudia then took over from Bruce Forsyth as Tess’ co-host in 2014 for the 12th series of the reality show.
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When does Strictly Come Dancing 2019 start?
Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One TONIGHT (September 7, 2019).
The show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.
You can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.