Claudia Winkleman receives Strictly Come Dancing applause

Claudia Winkleman received a standing ovation when she returned to 'Strictly Come Dancing' yesterday evening (22.11.14), after being absent for three weeks caring for her daughter, Matilda, who was badly burnt in an incident on Halloween (31.10.14)

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Claudia Winkleman

Claudia Winkleman received a standing ovation when she returned to 'Strictly Come Dancing' on Saturday evening (22.11.14).

The 42-year-old presenter has been absent from the BBC One dancing competition for the past three weeks as she cared for her eight-year-old daughter, Matilda, who was seriously burnt after her Halloween costume caught on fire last month.

However, when co-host Tess Daly opened last night's show, she said: "Hello and welcome to 'Strictly Come Dancing' and of course, a big welcome back to Claudia."

Following rapturous applause and the audience rising to their feet to praise the mother-of-three, Claudia expressed appreciation for the support from viewers during the tough period, and thanked presenter Zoe Ball who filled in for her on the star-studded talent contest.

She said: "Thank you so much. It is wonderful to be here, a huge thanks to Zoe for stepping in."

On Friday (21.11.14), the star took to Twitter to urge fans to "bear with me" as she returned to the programme after a tough few weeks, now that her daughter is believed to have been discharged from hospital.

In a series of messages, she wrote: "Matilda is doing well and although it will be a long road to recovery, she is getting... The best possible care. Thank you so much for your lovely messages - they meant everything.

"I'm coming back to Strictly this weekend but am out of practice so please bear with me."

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