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Claudia Winkleman's family: meet Strictly star's famous husband, royal sister and kids

The presenter is a mum-of-three, Jake, Matilda, and Arthur.

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Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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She's the face of Strictly Come Dancing, The Traitors and The Piano, but when TV host Claudia Winkleman isn't donning sparkly dresses and cheering on hopeful contestants, the star loves nothing more than spending quality time with her family. But who are her loved ones? Claudia has been married for 22 years and is a mum of three. She also has well-known parents and a half-sister who is a member of the royal family. Want to know more? Read on... 

Claudia Winkleman's husband and children

Claudia is married to film producer Kris Thykier. Kris has been in the film industry for many years and has his name on the credits of many blockbuster films and television shows such as Kick-Ass, The Woman in Gold and Sky Atlantic's Riviera. Kris and Claudia married in 2000 and the couple have three children together, Jake, Matilda, and Arthur. Claudia and Kris are generally private about their home life and rarely post about their relationship and children.

WATCH: Take a look inside Claudia Winkleman's glamorous London home

Claudia Winkleman's daughter Matilda's accident 

In 2014, Claudia's daughter Matilda was seriously injured and taken to hospital when her Halloween costume caught fire. Claudia stated that her daughter, who was eight at the time, had brushed against a candle which had led to her costume catching alight. After the incident, the government subsequently tightened the regulations around costume standards. Thankfully, Matilda made a full recovery.

 

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Claudia and her husband Kris have been married for over 20 years

In July, Claudia revealed she nearly walked away from her presenting stint with Strictly. Appearing on Radio 4's Woman's Hour, the TV star said she phoned the bosses "in tears" because of her fear that the show would clash with her son's move to university. "I phoned the boss of Strictly quite dramatically and said, through tears, 'Sarah I love you. I don't want to leave Strictly and Tess and I have agreed we will leave together when they're done with us, but if the first show is September 13, I'm out and you'll have to go with somebody else.'"

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As well as Gemma and Gorka, there are several other loved-up couples who met during their time on Strictly

  • Janette Manrara and Aljaz Škorjanec met on Strictly in 2010, before marrying in 2017 and welcoming a baby, Lyra, in 2023.
  • Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev met during the 2013 series. They married in 2019 and have two children together.
  • Dianne Buswell and Joe Sugg fell in love while competing in 2018. They live together in Brighton.
  • Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton met in 2018 and welcomed a baby girl, Minnie, in 2023.
  • Max George and Maisie Smith shared their Strictly experience together in 2020, but didn't announce their relationship until 2022.
  • Tyler West and Molly Rainford starred in the 2022 series together and have been going strong ever since!
  • Kai Widdrington and Nadiya Bychkova are both professionals on the show, and began dating in 2022.
  • Kristina Rihanoff and Ben Cohen were partnered together on the show in 2013, confirming their romance in 2014. They share a daughter together, Mila, who was born in 2018.

The mother-of-three added: "And there was a beat. And she said, 'Quite dramatic. We don't start that week.' I was like, 'Alright. I have to go and put up his posters.' It's not that I love him more than others love their kids, but this is something parents have to go through."

Claudia Winkleman children© Photo: Instagram
The couple share three children together

 Claudia Winkleman's parents

Claudia was born in London to mum Eve Pollard and dad Barry Winkleman, but her parents separated when she was just three years old. It's clear that Claudia followed in her parent's footsteps by working in the media, as her mum and dad were both journalists. Mum Eve is the former editor of the Sunday Express and her father was a book publisher. After her parents split, her mum got married again to the former editor of the Daily Express, Nicholas Lloyd, and her father also remarried to children's author Cindy Black.

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Claudia and her mum Eve Pollard

Claudia Winkleman's siblings

Claudia was born an only child but gained siblings after her parent's divorce through their subsequent marriages. Through her mother's second marriage, Claudia gained a younger half-brother called Oliver. Claudia also gained a half-sister through her father's second marriage – actress Sophie Winkleman. Sophie has appeared in shows such as Peep Show and Two and a Half Men alongside Ashton Kutcher throughout her career. Sophie, now formally known as Lady Frederick Windsor, married Lord Frederick Windsor in 2009, the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

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Claudia's half-sister Sophie is married to Lord Frederick Windsor

The actress also attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor alongside Prince Harry in May of this year. In 2017, Sophie was seriously injured in a head-on car crash. Luckily, Sophie suffered no long-term problems. In September 2018, she spoke exclusively to HELLO! about the crash and praised Prince Charles for his support and for helping her and her family through the tough recovery period.

Sophie Winkleman and Prince Harry© Photo: Getty Images

Sophie attends the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor with Prince Harry

Sophie told HELLO! at the time: "Prince Charles sensed correctly that everything would be chaos at home, so he asked his cook, instead of taking care of him, to take care of us." She continued: "So, our lunches and dinners were cooked at Clarence House then delivered for weeks on end while I was in hospital and then still disabled at home."

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