Claudia Winkleman to miss third Strictly weekend to care for daughter

Published Thursday, Nov 13 2014, 13:48 GMT  |  By  |  1 comment
Claudia Winkleman pictured out in London in September 2014


Claudia Winkleman will miss a third weekend of Strictly Come Dancing following her daughter's Halloween accident.

The presenter has been off our screens for the past two weekends as she remains by eight-year-old Matilda's side.

Matilda was injured last month while out trick or treating in London. It's thought her Halloween costume touched an open candle and caught fire.

Now, a representative for Strictly has confirmed that Zoe Ball will co-present in place of Claudia on this weekend's Saturday and Sunday shows, which take place in Blackpool.

A source told The Sun that Claudia, 42, was "not going to leave Matilda's side until she is sure she is ready."

Claudia and her husband Kris Thykier issued a statement at the time of Matilda's injury and have remained out of the public eye since.

It read: "She is having the best care possible and we are hopeful of a full recovery. We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive. We would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive and particularly the NHS doctors, nurses and staff who have been absolutely incredible."

Claudia has presented the current series of Strictly alongside Zoe Ball.
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