Claudia Winkleman has found a positive in suffering imposter syndrome

Natalie Cornish
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Photo credit: Tristan Fewings - Getty Images

From Red Online

Claudia Winkleman has found a positive in suffering from imposter syndrome, saying self-doubt is 'incredibly useful' as both a grounding and a driving force.

The Strictly presenter told Mail Online she's often '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 [Clark-Neal] instead".' Even though she has been co-presenting the BBC's flagship show with Tess Daly since 2014.

Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images
Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

But, instead of trying to overcome those niggling doubts, she's learned to embrace imposter syndrome as something to be 'incredibly grateful' for. This is because, Claudia says, 'it keeps you on your toes' and stops arrogance creeping in.

She explained: '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.'

Claudia has recently written her first book, Quite. Out later this year, it's described as a love letter to life – the real, sometimes messy kind. She shares her observations on topics such as the importance of melted cheese, why black coats are vital, how it’s never okay to have sex with someone who has an opinion on your date outfit, why nurses are our most precious national treasure, and why colourful clothing is only for the under 10s. We can't wait to add it to our bookshelf.

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