Natasha Kaplinsky OBE



Natasha Kaplinsky is one of the UK’s best known broadcasters; one of the most familiar faces of TV news being associated with several mainstream channels over the years.

She has worked as one of the anchors for ITN network and was the Face of Five, anchoring the channel’s main evening news programme. 

She has also been the co-host of 6 O’Clock News and BBC Breakfast as well as being a news presenter with Meridian and Carlton. Whilst working as a leading member of the presenting team at Sky News, the channel won a BAFTA for Best News Channel.

Natasha enjoys hosting factual and entertainment programmes. Her credits include: Children In Need, The VE Day Celebrations, The Royal Variety Show, That Sunday Night Show, and Have I Got News For You.

She has also hosted many one-off documentaries including The People’s Medal, Missing: Without Trace and On the Run (ITV).  She recently presented Images of Diana for BBC Radio 5 Live, a documentary series examining pictures of the Princess of Wales.

In Autumn 2022 Natasha was appointed as the President of the British Board of Film Classification.

Natasha discovered a hidden talent in 2004 when she took part in BBC1’s Award-winning show Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the first ever winner. She went on to present the second series as well as hosting Strictly African Dancing and the Big Screen Opera events for the Royal Opera House.

She has also been the subject of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC1).  In this programme she learned that members of her family had suffered in the Holocaust.  Following this discovery, Natasha joined in the task of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and has since discussed her work for a Holocaust Memorial Day special for BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow.

Natasha was a member of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission and was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to Holocaust Commemoration.

In 2019 Natasha was announced as Barnardo’s new President as well as being a patron of Merlin and The Willow Foundation and an Ambassador for Save the Children. This made her the natural choice to present ITV’s entertainment series, Born to Shine, produced in partnership with Save The Children and nominated for the Rose D’Or.

Natasha’s book, Letters from Lockdown, was published in summer 2021. A collection of over 100 letters about life during the pandemic, from famous faces, frontline workers and stay-at-home heroes, all the profits from the book are going to Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Natasha grew up in Kenya. Her family later moved to the UK where she studied English at Oxford University. She lives in Sussex with her husband, their two children and a growing assortment of animals! She is also the co-founder of Mum & You, a new baby brand designed by mums.

Natasha Kaplinsky is available for large-scale awards hosting and conference facilitating. Her intelligent and professional, yet personal approach makes her an engaging host for a wide range of events.


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