Claudia Winkleman is celebrating her 50th birthday and the BBC presenter is showing no signs of slowing down.

The BBC Radio 2 host will be marking her milestone birthday on Saturday, January 15.

The media personality is fresh off the back of co-hosting a momentous Strictly Come Dancing series alongside presenter Tess Daly.

Known for her iconic black fringe, Winkleman began her career working on the long-running BBC series Holiday in the early 90s, working as a reporter on This Morning and becoming the co-host of children's Saturday morning TV show Tricky. 

Banbury Cake: TV presenter Claudia Winkleman who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this weekend arriving for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, at The Royal Opera House, London in 2010. Credit: PATV presenter Claudia Winkleman who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this weekend arriving for the Orange British Academy Film Awards, at The Royal Opera House, London in 2010. Credit: PA

Claudia Winkleman turns 50

Her first daily TV role began in 2002 when she hosted the BBC Three Entertainment update show Liquid News.

In 2004, Winkleman began presenting Comic Relief Does Fame Academy on BBC Three before moving on to other shows, and eventually taking on Strictly's spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Since then, she has become a BBC legend, working on hit shows like The Great British Sewing Bee, Watchdog, Britain's Best Home Cook and even a one-off special celebrating Michael Bublé.

We have been watching her co-present Strictly on a Saturday night since Bruce Forsyth's departure in 2014. 

Banbury Cake: TV presenter Claudia Winkleman who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this weekend attending the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party held at Burlington House, London in 2013. Credit: PATV presenter Claudia Winkleman who will be celebrating her 50th birthday this weekend attending the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party held at Burlington House, London in 2013. Credit: PA

Winkleman's talents don't end there either, she released a collection of essays about her personal and professional life called Quite in October 2020 which became a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller.

Looking at her personal life, Claudia has been married to film producer Kris Thykier since 2000 and they have three children together.

More recently, she took over Graham Norton’s slot on Radio 2 last February after Norton quit to move to Virgin Radio.

Winkleman spoke to the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast last year about the prospect of turning 50.

“I love getting older… I can’t wait to be 50,” she said.

Winkleman added that she wanted to look like veteran rockers Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper in her old age, adding: “So it’s not like I want to look young and bouncy and fresh.”