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, Clare Balding is one of Britain's leading broadcasters.
Clare has worked in radio since she left university in 1994, and has been presenting sports on television since becoming the face of the BBC’s racing output in 1998. Since then, she has worked on six Olympic Games, six Paralympics and five Winter Olympics, along with continuing to present Horse Racing for Channel 4.
Clare has been part of BAFTA Award-winning programmes, has been named RTS Sports Presenter of the Year, Sports Presenter of the Year at the TRIC Awards, Racing Journalist of the Year, awarded the special achievement award at the Women in Film and Television awards for her work on the Olympics and Paralympics and been praised for “perfect presentation” by the judges of the Broadcast Awards. Clare has also been honoured for her presenting with awards from Attitude Magazine, Red Magazine, Tatler and the Horserace Writers Association.
Clare has hosted walking series Ramblings on Radio 4 since 1999, and in 2010 she also presented Britain By Bike on BBC4 and Crufts for the BBC and More4. She has worked on Britain’s Hidden Heritage and Countryfile and in December 2012, Clare hosted BBC1’s Britain’s Brightest. Since 2013, Clare has presented The Clare Balding Show on BT Sport, featuring some of the most famous names in sport.
A bestselling author, Clare’s first book, ‘My Animals and Other Family‘ was published by Penguin 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. Her second book, ‘Walking Home’ was published in 2014.
Clare now presents BBC’s World Cycling Championships, and her first children’s book came out in September called ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’.