Clare Balding is one of Britain's leading broadcasters. Winner of the BAFTA Special Award and RTS Presenter of the Year Award for her expert coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, she is equally at home on radio or TV, and is renowned for her versatility and reliability.
Clare started her media career in radio after leaving university in 1994, and continues to work as a radio presenter to this day, hosting the walking series Ramblings on BBC Radio 4 (since 1999). She has an uncanny knack of getting the most out of interview subjects - as illustrated by her work on Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday.
On TV, Clare has been presenting sports shows since 1998, when she became a horse racing presenter for BBC TV, scoring a huge hit in what was a previously male-dominated world. Since then, she has presented five Olympic Games, four Paralympics and three Winter Olympics, along with continuing to present Horse Racing for Channel 4. Clare can turn her hand to any sport - from racing to rugby league and from swimming to tennis. She has also worked on Countryfile (BBC1) and in December 2012, became the host of BBC1's Britain’s Brightest.
A bestselling author, Clare's first book, My Animals and Other Family, was published in 2012. Based on her childhood growing up in an unusual household, it was published to critical acclaim and went on to win biography of the year at the National Book Awards.
Clare is an expert at presenting major live events, such as the Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Lord Mayor’s Show and Trooping the Colour; she is also an experienced host of awards and conferences, as well as being a lively and amusing After Dinner Speaker. If you are interested in booking Clare for your Event, please contact Prime Performers via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
- Numbers expert on Channel 4's long-running quiz show Countdown and a resident team member on the hit Channel 4 comedy show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
- Excellent facilitator, awards host and moderator who is the current anchor of ITV1's Evening News, and often presents ITV's News at Ten.
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