Natasha Kaplinsky

Before her role at Five she was at the BBC for five years. She started there in November 2002 co-presenting Breakfast and became one of the Corporation’s best-known faces. She then moved on to co-present the Six O’clock News for two years finishing in October 2007.

Whilst at the BBC she has hosted New Year Live, and joined Terry Wogan to co-present Making Your Mind Up, (the show which decided the UK’s contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest) and Children In Need, all for BBC1. She presented one of the Proms in the 2006 season. In 2005 she hosted the BBC’s Bafta red carpet coverage, The VE Day Celebrations with Eamonn Holmes, live from Trafalgar Square.

In Spring 2004 she discovered a hidden talent when she took part in a new peak-time Saturday night programme called Strictly Come Dancing … she went on to win it. She took part again in most of the second series – though this time as co-presenter with Bruce Forsyth – and in summer 2005 hosted a one-off special, Strictly African Dancing, as part of the BBC’s Africa Lives season. As part of the same season, Natasha also returned to her African roots, to present Breakfast from Kenya, her childhood home, and film a special report in South Africa.

In 2000 she joined Sky News and was a leading member of the presenting team when the channel won a Bafta for Best News Channel.

Natasha grew up in Kenya. Her family moved to Sussex where she went to school before studying English at Oxford University.

She now combines her news commitments with a busy schedule of corporate work and guest appearances.