Claudia Winkleman ‘terrified’ over Radio 2 role ‘Thought I was going to be sick on myself’

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Claudia Winkleman, 48, said that she can often suffer “self-doubt” and “imposter syndrome” when in a professional capacity. The Strictly Come Dancing host admitted that when she recently filled in for Sara Cox on BBC Radio 2, it made her feel like she would be “sick down herself” with nerves.

Things you shouldn’t feel

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia revealed: “People tell you that self-doubt and those feelings associated with impostor 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 or they say, ‘Mum, I don’t want to go to the party’, that’s perfectly fine.

“I have those moments every day. When I stood in for Sara Cox on Radio 2 recently, I was so terrified that I thought I was going to be sick on myself,” she added to Red magazine.

However, Claudia stated that she doesn’t want to get rid of her fears, as they remind her to be grateful for the opportunities she is offered.

She continued: “And every time Tess [Daly] and I walk down the stairs at the beginning of Strictly, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is going on?’ But I don’t do anything to get rid of that because to me, that’s gratitude. 

“Besides, have you ever met someone who doesn’t suffer from self-doubt?” she finished.

Claudia recently shared that her first-ever book Quite had stormed its way to number six in the book chart.

The memoir has been extremely popular amongst readers, with its “no holds barred” account of her life up until today.

The Strictly host wrote on Instagram: “I can’t believe this. Thank you so so much to everyone who has read, written about, borrowed and talked about Quite. 

“I’m completely blown away. Thank you,” she added.

In response, fans congratulated the star on her achievement.

One replied: “I loved ‘Quite’. Stayed awake until 3am to finish it. Sobbed at Jake leaving. Laughed like a drain at so many of your funny turns of phrase. It’s just what we need in these strange times. Hope there’s another one soon.”

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A second said: “I started listening on my walk this morning. Firstly thank you for doing the narration I find it makes such a difference to audiobooks when the author reads too. Owning the words is so important to the listener. I am only a few chapters in but love it so far.”

A third commented: “I’m so excited to start reading it, I had to get a signed copy, can’t wait.”

A fourth typed: “I’m halfway through and enjoying every page!”

Previously, the author has shared snippets from the book, including one detailing her feeling of “getting caught out” at work.

Claudia wrote: “Here’s the thing: I think a bit of imposter syndrome is incredibly useful.

“It’s good to ask, ‘why me?’, it’s tremendous to think this will end in disaster, it’s excellent to question how you got there in the first place. 

“Nerves, worry, a low-level, ‘Im going to get caught out’ makes us better at our jobs, it’s as simple as that.”

The full interview appears in the December issue of Red, on sale the 5th November

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