Claudia Winkleman owes her success to her fringe.

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

The 'Strictly Come Dancing' presenter doesn't think she has much of an "appeal" and believes her distinctive haircut is the reason she gets work, because it helps people to remember her.

She said: "I genuinely think it's my fringe that's given me this career.

"In work meetings, people would go, 'What's her name? Weird, ditsy little d*******, oh yeah, the one with the fringe' and that would help me get the job. Other than that, I don't have an appeal.

"I've been very lucky and - don't argue with me on this - I don't think of myself as 'big league' at all.

"I don't want to be the boss of anything other than my offspring. I'm not interested in that kind of winning."

The 48-year-old presenter feels "deeply uncomfortable" working on her own and is always sick with nerves before a show because she feels overwhelmed by "responsibility".

Speaking about her 'Strictly' co-host Tess Daly, she said: "I love her. She is warm, funny, so beautiful but such a strong creature. I get really, properly vomit-inducing nervous before each show - it's the responsibility, the idea that I could mess it up that scares me. Tess is the person who looks after me and helps me.

"I don't like doing things by myself, I like sharing. I love standing next to Tess, I love standing next to Mary Berry, I love the podcast with Tanya [Byron, podcast co-host]. I don't want to do anything by myself, it makes me deeply uncomfortable."

And Claudia is constantly surprised she's still working on 'Strictly'.

She added to You magazine: "I'm just waiting to be fired. I'm waiting for somebody to tap me on the shoulder and go, 'Oh, sorry, we've got this all wrong, you are not allowed to go in again, we've got Rylan instead', but I don't think that's a bad thing.

"Imposter syndrome is incredibly useful. We've both met people who are like, 'I was born to do this, get out of my way.' I don't want to be that person.

"Feeling - don't throw up - grateful and slightly surprised I think is a good thing. It keeps you on your toes."