Published On: Mon, May 12th, 2014

Claudia Winkleman takes a quick step to the top on Strictly Come Dancing

Ms. Winkleman has been signed up by the  BBC to  become the permanent host of the popular show from next season, replacing Sir Bruce Forsyth  who launched the show in 2004

Claudia Winkleman, who has been waiting in the wings for some time to replace veteran TV personality, Sir Bruce Forsyth, has been handed the host role for Strictly Come Dancing, where she will  team up with regular presenter Tess Daly on the highly popular entertainment show presented by the BBC.

Sir Bruce, now 86,  who has hosted the Strictly Come Dancing for more than a decade and finally announced earlier this year his plans to l vanish from the television screens of the UK   in the autumn after a career spanning more sixty years.

As if preparing for the succession, Ms. Winkleman has stepped in for Sir Bruce on a number of occasions  , as well as  co-hosting the  follow- up results stage of the  show  with Tess Daly.

For the ultra-conservative British Broadcasting Corporation, signing up Claudia Winkleman to take the lead host role is a break in tradition, marking the first time that the “Corporation” have placed the task of hosting one their most popular live shows in the hands of  two female presenters.

According to initial reports, Tess Daly will take up  Sir Bruce’s role of introducing the acts and accepting the votes of  the judges’ panel, while Ms.  Winkleman will be given the job of  chatting to the celebrity guests  and their dancing dancers after they have completed their performances.

Winkleman is no stranger to  Strictly Come Dancing, having been around since its  launch 2004,  initially presenting a spin off show  It Takes Two on the BBC 2 Channel for seven years until 2011.  Claudio, a TV personality in her own right,  is currently active presenting a number of other shows for the BBC, both on television and radio.


Claudia Winkleman began her media career as a travel writer, giving first hand accounts of her experiences  in The Sunday Times and The Independent.

Her pleasant personality transferred well to the small screen, and over the years she began to become a regular face on British television as well as continuing her career in journalism,   writing for  UK magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Tatler as well as continuing to contribute to the  The Independent newspaper, in her “ Take It From Me: column, in which she reported  on current affairs and  celebrity news.

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