Claudia Winkleman is a multitalented woman who has become famous for a lot of things including working as a model, TV presenter, and radio journalist among many other things. Even as she is famous on her own, she is from a family that is very popular in the media. While her mother Eve Pollard is also a journalist who worked as an editor with a number of tabloid newspapers, her father Barry Winkleman was the publisher of the Times Atlas Of The world. Her stepfather, Sir Nicholas Lloyd used to work as the editor of Daily Express.
Claudia Winkleman’s Biography
It was as Claudia Anne Winkleman that the TV presenter was born on 15 January 1972 in London, England into the Jewish family of Eve Pollard and Barry Winkleman. When she was 3 years old, her parents had a divorce which saw them going on to remarry other people.
While growing up in Hampstead, Claudia Winkleman attended the City of London School for Girls before proceeding to New Hall, Cambridge. What she had wanted pursuing as a career was history but she did not later like it because according to her, there was too much sitting and waiting.
Therefore, with both of her parents involved in the media, it had always been something that was close to Claudia so it wasn’t surprising that in 1991 she started her career with BBC as she traveled to different parts of the world for a series known as Holiday. She went to places like India, Japan, and Dubai, coming up with a special documentary.
While doing that, she was also appearing as a reporter on a number of other shows such as This Morning where she interviewed various celebrities. Winkleman also hosted shows including on L!VE TV and ITV Granada. Her career would take a huge turn in 2001 when she got a job on Central Weekend and the next year she was made to host Liquid News on BBC Three.
As she continued handling a lot of things, Claudia Winkleman got to begin co-hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in 2005. However, it was not until 2014 that she became a co-presenter of the main Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly. Other shows that she has worked on are The Great British Sewing Bee which she still presents, Film…, and Hell’s Kitchen.
Considering all Claudia is involved with, it is very easy for one to understand why she was named the highest paid female employee in BBC, taking home between £450,000 to 499,999 per year.
Who is Claudia Winkleman’s Mum – Eve Pollard and Sister – Sophie Winkleman
As already stated, Claudia Winkleman’s Mum is Eve Pollard who is also known as Lady Lloyd. Born on 25 December 1945, she was also a journalist and editor who worked with a number of popular tabloid newspapers including Sunday Mirror, Sunday Express, and ELLE magazine.
After her first marriage to Barry Winkleman ended in 1975, she got married to Sir Nicholas Markley Lloyd who was a British newspaper editor and broadcaster in 1979. The union between the two was blessed with a son, Oliver Lloyd.
Apart from the half-brother she has from her mother, Claudia has a half-sister, Sophie Winkleman from her father’s second marriage to English actress, Sophie Winkleman.
On September 12, 2009, Sophie got married to the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor. The ceremony held at Hampton Court Palace. Thanks to this marriage, she is now expected to be known as Lady Frederick Windsor. However, because she continues to work as an actress that she is, she is still referred to professionally, as Sophie Winkleman.
Husband – Kris Thykier and Daughter
In 2000, the Strictly Come Dancing host got married to Kris Thykier who is a TV and film producer. Born in 1972, Kris has worked on a good number of successful movies including Kick-Ass and The Debt in 2010, Woman in Gold in 2015, and Tolkien in 2018.
Claudia Winkleman and her husband share three children together- Matilda Martha, Jake Leonard, and Arthur. In 2014 when her daughter, Matilda was 8 years old, she suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital after her Halloween costume caught fire. Because of the incident, the British government passed a law requiring that children’s fancy-dress and other costumes must meet the safety standards of nightwear.