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Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

Graduated from Cambridge University with an MA Honours in History of Art, Claudia is one of the best known broadcasters in the UK. In 2015 she won the RTS Award for Best Presenter and has been nominated for two BAFTAS. She has presented four series of The Great British Sewing Bee and was the host of BBC Film as well as taking over from Sir Bruce Forsyth as co host of Strictly Come Dancing

As part of the Strictly family Claudia presented Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two before joining Tess Daly on the main show in 2014. The following year she hosted The People’s Strictly, opening up the dancefloor to members of the public for the first time.

She is the voice of Sunday nights on BBC Radio 2 and writes a weekly column for the Sunday Times Style Magazine for which she was nominated for Fashion Journalist of the Year at 2017 Press Awards. Claudia is also a regular contributor to The Independent and London’s Evening Standard.

Claudia is a trustee of Comic Relief and regularly fronts the live television shows for both Red Nose Day and Sport Relief alongside spin off shows including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief/Sport Relief and the Comic Relief Danceathon. She also regularly appears as a guest on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, Great Big Quiz of the Year and Would I Lie To You.

Comedy hip-hop

AbandomanAbandoman create hilarious freestyle songs at lightning speed based on audience suggestions. Their freestyle musical comedy genius means that no two gigs will ever be the same!

Previous winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival "Best Comedy - Newcomer" awards, the past few years have seen Abandoman performing through Europe, the US, Canada and Australia; as well as supporting multi-platinum artist Ed Sheeran on his sell-out UK tour.  Abandoman have previously appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Al Porter Show (RTE), The Ray D’Arcy Show (RTE), BBC Radio 1‘s Live Lounge, and Sky Arts Latitude coverage. They are firm favourites at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having totally sold out their last few years’ runs and have stormed numerous festivals such as Bestival, Latitude, Altitude, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and V Festival.

“The elements come together to make this gig a proper party: raucous, expansive and relentlessly hilarious.” The Times ★★★★

"Killer punch lines. Note-perfect, lyrically mind-blowing hip-hop improv. Genius!" THE STAGE

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