Strictly host Claudia Winkleman leaves fans in shock as she reveals her age on milestone birthday

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman shocked fans on her birthday when she revealed her age.

The popular presenter was hosting her Radio 2 show this weekend when she dropped the bombshell that she was celebrating a milestone.

She posted a picture of her behind the mic in the studios, with her famous fringe just sneaking into the shot.

Claudia captioned the snap simply: "FIFTY. And on @bbcradio2 at 10. ❤️❤️❤️."

Many fans replied on Instagram to register their disbelief, writing: "50 no way" and "50! Never!"

A third protested, telling the glamorous mum-of-three: "You look years younger."

Another gushed: "Happiest Birthday my beautiful girl! Halfway to a hundred has NEVER looked so good."

Reaching the milestone makes Claudia two years younger than her Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly, who is turning 53 in March.

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Born in 1973, Claudia – whose mum is legendary journalist Eve Pollard – launched herself into TV at an early age.

She started appearing on the long-running Holiday programme in her early 20s and popped up on This Morning interviewing celebrities.

In 1996 she took over hosting late-night dating show God's Gift from Davina McCall and later stints fronting BBC Three's entertainment programme Liquid News.

She later took over the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off show It Takes Two from Justin Lee Collins before becoming the main show's co-host in 2010.

Claudia is married to film and TV producer Kris Thykier, who is also 50.


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