Claudia Winkleman opens up about daily battle with self-doubt and feeling like ‘imposter’

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The Strictly Come Dancing co-presenter and mother-of-three, 48, says: “People tell you that self-doubt and those feelings associated with imposter syndrome are things you shouldn’t feel, that they’re bad. Well, they’re wrong.

“I say it to my kids all the time – when they feel wobbly about an exam it’s perfectly fine.

“I have those moments every day.”

Claudia tells Red magazine’s December issue: “When I stood in for Sara Cox on Radio 2 recently I was so terrified I thought I was going to be sick on myself.”

 

The star reveals that she thinks, “Oh my gosh, what is going on?” every time she and Strictly’s Tess Daly walk downstairs on the BBC show, “but I don’t do anything to get rid of that because to me that’s gratitude”.

She adds: “Besides, have you met anyone who doesn’t suffer from self-doubt?”

Claudia says that as she has got older she realises the most important things in life are “family, love, great girlfriends”. She says: “Of course work matters, but you have perspective. And by now you’ve also learned that it’s OK to fail, that you have to fail all the time to get better.”

 

She says of her marriage to film producer Kris Thykier, 48: “Kris is very Scandinavian. We’ve been together for 22 years and he’s never once said to me, ‘What’s for dinner?’ It’s always been, ‘What shall we have for dinner?’

“So we share – and when one of us is snowed under the other person will help. He knows that in the lead-up to the Strictly final, for example, I’m useless.”

Claudia is philosophical about motherhood, saying: “There’s loads of things I could be better at, it’s just a litany of mistakes that we make as parents. It’s endless.”

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