Winkleman reveals daughter ‘screamed out for her’ as fancy dress outfit burned

Claudia Winkleman being interviewed by Chris Hollins for BBC One's Watchdog
Claudia Winkleman being interviewed by Chris Hollins for BBC One's Watchdog
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Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman has described the moment her daughter “screamed out for me” as her Halloween fancy dress witch costume went up in flames.

The star spoke to BBC consumer campaign show Watchdog about the incident, which left eight-year-old Matilda in hospital.

She told Chris Hollins: “I was talking to somebody... and then I heard her shout and she was on fire... it feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said that it definitely wasn’t the case and it was probably just seconds... she went up, is the only way I know how to describe it... it was a spark and she screamed out for me.”

Winkleman said the incident was “life changing, but not life defining”.

She said: “It was definitely life changing for me. I can’t remember life before it... I wish I had been dressed as the witch is mainly all I wish, that it had happened to me... she went up, and I don’t want that to happen to another child.”

Jorge Leon-Vallapalos, the paediatric plastic surgeon who treated Matilda at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, will also appear on tonight’s show which will test how safe high street costumes are.