Claudia Winkleman claims BBC boss complained to hairdresser over her fringe

Claudia Winkleman discusses infamous fringe on Chatty Man

Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman has claimed a BBC executive once made a call to her hairdresser to complain about the length of her iconic fringe.

The star, who co-presents the show together with Tess Daly, stated that the controller of BBC One asked for her hairstylist’s number after she won the role – and that his goal was to tone down her look.

Speaking at Edinburgh Festival on Thursday, she stated that she’d thanked her employer for the “honour” of being asked to host the show, but that he’d shot back: “‘I’m just going to need a phone number from you’.

“I was like, ‘Oh yeah, okay, which one?’ and he said, ‘Your hairdresser’s.’ I was like, ‘Bit weird!’

“Two days later, James, who does my hair, said, ‘This guy phoned up to complain about the length of your fringe.’

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“He was like: ‘You can have this job but it’s just annoying, it’s down to your nose. You want to be on telly but you’re invisible!'”

If the exec was unhappy with her fringe, he wasn’t the only one, as Claudia also revealed earlier this year that she’s had multiple complaints from viewers about it too.

The 51-year-old offered an insight into why she still swears by her unconventional hairstyle on her Behind The Fringe tour in Guildford last year.

“People ask what I am hiding with my fringe — and it’s a massive forehead that is repellent,” she joked.

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Claudia, who is married to film producer Kris Thykier, has even credited the hairstyle for kickstarting her sex life.

She says she had an awkward childhood look, with “six extra teeth [that made me look] like a little dinosaur”.

However, she told the crowd of later life: “When I was 21 and a virgin, I got my fringe and everything started happening.”

The star had more of a visible forehead during her university days, when she studied History of Art at Cambridge.

However, when she began her TV career in the early 1990s, her forehead was already starting to disappear due to an early version of her now-renowned fringe.

Despite letters of complaint being delivered to the BBC quizzing whether she is hiding “squirrels” beneath it, she says she’s convinced that she made the right choice.

“I don’t need Botox now. Have you seen how long my fringe is? It is now almost upper-lip length, I cannot recommend it enough,” she told The Sun.

“When you hit 51, just grow an enormous curtain in front of your face. Go full yeti. It works.”

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