‘I don’t feel famous on any level’: Claudia Winkleman admits her ‘creeping’ impostor syndrome makes her better at presenting Strictly Come Dancing
Claudia Winkleman has revealed that her ‘creeping’ impostor syndrome makes her better at presenting Strictly Come Dancing.
The TV presenter, 48, who replaced Bruce Forsyth on the BBC’s hit show in 2014, suggested the condition filled her with so many doubts she didn’t think she’d landed the job.
However, Claudia, who co-hosts the show with Tess Daly, said her impostor syndrome causes her to work harder and be better at her job.
Honest: Claudia Winkleman revealed her ‘creeping’ impostor syndrome makes her better at presenting Strictly Come Dancing
Chris Evans asked the broadcaster on his How to Wow podcast about his impostor syndrome.
She says: ‘[It’s] crawling … in rage. I thank my parents for the elaborate ways in which they made me feel successful.
“I think Strictly is just a nice personal video that they created for me, so I don’t think it was all a disaster.
Although she presented one of the biggest shows on television, Claudia downplayed her success, claiming “ I don’t feel famous on any level. ”
Confidence: Claudia suggested the condition fills her with so much doubt that she doesn’t believe she landed the job (pictured with co-host Tess Daly)
She added: ‘If you think about what I’m actually doing or when I’m appearing it’s only 10 fall weekends that’s it. ”
However, Claudia insisted that impostor syndrome improves her job, saying, “I think impostor syndrome is quite important.
“ We are told a lot of things that are really bad, like guilt, but the guilt is pretty big because if you feel guilty about something, it’s probably true.
And I think we should feel a little bit of impostor syndrome as well. We have met people who say “I was born for this” and these are tools.
Grateful: Speaking of her impostor syndrome, Claudia said: ‘[It’s] crawling … in rage. I thank my parents for the elaborate ways they made me feel successful ‘
“ Not if it’s crippling, not if it’s anxiety or someone is really struggling at work … but I think the feeling that you’re going to be caught off guard makes you work harder hard, makes you grateful, and makes you better at your job.
“I think it’s a much more natural and better way to be.
Speaking previously about her thoughts on impostor syndrome, Claudia admitted that she thinks it “ keeps you on your toes. ”
She added: ‘If you think about what I’m actually doing or when I’m appearing it’s only 10 fall weekends that’s it’ (pictured with husband Kris Thykier in 2019)
She told the Daily Mail: ‘I’m waiting for someone to pat me on the shoulder and say,’ Oh sorry we got it all wrong you are not allowed in we have Rylan [Clark] instead “, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
“Impostor Syndrome is incredibly helpful. We’ve both met people who say, “I was born to do this, get out of my way.” I don’t want to be that person.
“To feel – don’t throw up – grateful and slightly surprised I think that’s a good thing. It keeps you on your toes.
Humble: Despite hosting one of the biggest shows on TV, Claudia downplayed her success, saying ‘I don’t feel famous on any level’