Natasha Kaplinsky OBE
Natasha Kaplinsky is known as one of television’s best-loved broadcasters.
She has previously 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, Have I Got News For You, The Kumars at No. 42 as well as several episodes of the comedy show My Hero.
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.
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). Inthisprogrammeshelearned 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 is 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 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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