Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman will replace Sir Bruce Forsyth on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The BBC have confirmed the 42-year-old presenter will join Tess Daly as the host on the TV dancing competition after Bruce announced earlier this year he was stepping down after 11 series on the popular programme.

Claudia said: "I have loved 'Strictly' since the second it appeared on our screens and I am honoured and thrilled to now be part of the Saturday night team.

"Working alongside Tess is always fantastic and I can't wait to spend the weekends with her, our amazing dancers and the greatest judging panel on the planet. Sir Bruce is a living legend and we'll all miss him very much."

However, Bruce, 86, won't be hanging up his dancing shoes permanently as he will be reuniting with Tess for Children in Need and Christmas show specials.

Tess added: '"It's really exciting having two women host the show, and we are great mates so there'll be lots of fun to be had on and off the dance floor, and of course I'll look forward to being reunited with Brucie for the Children In Need and Christmas shows.''

Claudia was the hot favourite to replace Bruce after he announced his departure as she has been involved with 'Strictly' since 2004 when she fronted 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' to coincide with the second series of the main show.

In 2010, she also took over from Bruce as co-host of the Sunday night results show.