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TV Presenter, writer and broadcaster Clare Balding won the nation’s heart during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and is an outstanding awards host and speaker.
"Clare is an absolute star - she had done some home-work on the market and also made notes during dinner so that she could build an immediate rapport with her audience. She's funny, compelling and engaging. "
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Clare has worked in radio for 15 years and been a leading sports presenter on television since becoming the face of the BBC's racing output in 1998. Since then, she has worked on four Olympic Games, three Paralympics and three Winter Olympics. She is renowned for turning her hand to any sport from horse racing to rugby league, swimming to golf or tennis, and is equally at home on radio or TV and is renowned for her versatility and reliability.
Clare has been part of BAFTA Award winning programmes, has been voted RTS Sports Presenter of the Year, Racing Journalist of the Year, has presented Sony Award winning programmes and been praised for 'perfect presentation' by the judges of the Broadcast Awards. She has a proven track record of creative input and practical effort in every programme on which she works.
She has presented Ramblings on Radio 4 since 1999 (a thrice yearly walking series) and in 2010 presented Britain By Bike on BBC4. She has also presented Crufts since 2010. In 2013, Clare became the host of Britain’s Brightest, a new quiz show designed to test all aspects of a contestant’s intelligence as they battle, as well as taking over the presenting of Good Morning Sunday for BBC Radio 2 every weekend.
An expert at live major event presentation, such as the Lord Mayor's Show or Trooping the Colour, Clare also has an uncanny knack of getting the most out of interview subjects as demonstrated by her work at the Olympic games which earned her widespread acclaim.
In 2012, Clare became a bestselling author with the release of her first book, My Animals and Other Family. Based on her childhood growing up in an unusual household, it received critical praise and went onto win a National Book Award.
She lives in West London with her partner Alice, their wayward Tibetan Terrier Archie and a cat who couldn’t give a damn called Itty.
Pictures by Bill Waters