Who is Clare Balding?
Raised in Berkshire, Balding studied English at Cambridge.
Her family has a long association with horse racing, and Balding was a leading jockey for a number of years.
Balding joined the BBC in 1994, first appearing on television in 1995. Although initially a specialist horse racing presenter, Balding has since expanded her range to report on all major sporting events, other live events, and lifestyle programs.
Balding was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to broadcasting and journalism.
Balding lives with Alice Arnold – the couple entered into a civil partnership in 2006, and subsequently married in 2015.