Claudia’s shock confession: ‘It has to end’
The hilarious Claudia Winkleman talks Strictly Come Dancing, her unusual signature look and those body hang-ups
Mum-of-three Claudia Winkleman, 46, is familiar to us as the funny half of the
Strictly presenting duo, alongside Tess Daly. Yet she is notoriously private when it comes to her personal life. Daughter of journalist Eve Pollard, she was never one to ‘spill the beans’ on what she got up to behind closed doors. However, the down-to-earth TV presenter has revealed some secrets that will surprise even her biggest fans… How would you describe your signature ‘look’? I found my look, and I can’t move off it. I’m essentially the laziest person you’d ever meet in your life. I also think it’s a kind of a safety blanket. If I have all black going on, then I feel like myself. I hate gloss. I can’t bear long nails. I can’t open a can or help anybody. I’ve a heavy fringe, orange face, black eyes, white mouth. Tick. Until the end, I want loads of black eyeliner. Super-badly applied. I know what I look like without a tan. I am white. As a student, I rented a sunbed for a whole term in a tiny halls of residence, although I never go on one now. I use LA Tanning. Now, my body no longer recognises the actual sun. My tan’s as orange as I want orange. I do it everywhere. I’m like, ‘I hope you got it behind the ears.’
How did you devise the fringe and orange tan? One influence was the Rio video by Duran Duran. The other was Wendy James from Transvision Vamp. She was all eye make-up and messed-up hair. I used to read Mystic Meg, and I think she influenced me, too. I’m not well-groomed. I’m often [in BBC Radio 2] with pyjamas, mismatched shoes and lasagne on my neck. I have the body of ET. I’m all torso and feet, and not very tall.
Is there anything we don’t know about you?
I’m not inhibited. We were always naked growing up. I married a Danish man. He has never got his clothes on. Everyone is naked. It’s like, ‘Let’s all have lunch. Take our clothes off first… I’ve made a fish pie.’ The 15-year-old is appalled, but the whole point about mums is that they’re meant to be embarrassing.
Do you still like to party?
I go to bed so early. In my head, in my fantasy, I’m wild. I drink tequila shots. I have knee-high boots. I’m walking to a house party at midnight. In reality, I’ve been out twice this year. When we are into a box-set, we’ve been known to change the clocks in the house for the children (so they go to bed early, too).
Why do people have such an interest in your hair?
When I stared doing telly, I thought I’d get letters from fishermen called Stuart who wear chunky sweaters, saying things like, ‘I’d like to make you a stew.’ But 98 per cent of the letters are about my hair like, ‘How is it so shiny?’I don’t know what to say about that. I’ve always used Head & Shoulders.
Do you have a beauty regime you follow?
I’ve never taken my make-up off before I go to bed. I’m not lying. I just keep layering it on. This make-up is from the 70s. There’s no way I’m wasting my time taking it off. It’s like an embalming fluid. I never go for a facial; how disgusting! Women have their hands over you. I don’t want to be stroked, and I never want people humming around me. I feel ridiculously lucky to have my job. I feel like I don’t quite deserve it. I’ve been doing it for 900 years. I started when I was 23 and now I’m 46. It’s a long time. Wherever I am, whether it’s on BBC Radio 2 or Strictly, I feel lucky. It has got to end. If I had to do something else, I’d be a primary school teacher. Four-year-olds are ridiculously edible. And I’m quite child-like – I love playing with them.
Strictly Come Dancing
continues on BBC One, Saturdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 7.15pm.
‘If I had to do something else, I’d be a primary school teacher. Four-yearolds are ridiculously edible’
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