She works with nine charities, has her own Radio 4 show and is a regular presenter for the BBC, Channel 4 and BT Sport, among numerous other projects. But in a touching interview Balding, 48, opened up about her personal life and how all she really wants is to make her wife Alice proud. Balding and former Radio 4 announcer Alice Arnold converted their 2006 civil partnership into a marriage in 2015.
And Balding is clearly still head over for heels for Alice years later.
She told Radio Times: “Alice is much more intelligent, better read, and far more aware of the news than I am.
“She’s so much more clued up, and way more sensible.
“I’m a dreamer. She’s good at coping with that.”
She continued: “She’s more practical.
“Considerably better at golf.
“She can chill out in a way I can’t. We have the same sense of humour, thank goodness, or else we’d never have got anywhere.”
A gushing Balding noted that she’s “very lucky” to have such a strong marriage and added that she still wants to impress her wife to this day.
She said: “I want to make her laugh… and make her proud.
“I care more about what she thinks than anyone else. She’s the first person I want to tell everything to. I’m very lucky.”
Some consider Balding a national treasure but she is quick to dismiss this.
She added that Alice helps to keep her grounded.
She said: “I don’t think anyone who actually knows me recognises me by the National Treasure tag.
“I don’t, and my parents certainly don’t, nor does Alice.”
Clare and Alice do not have children, which Clare admits has allowed her to focus more on her work.
She said: “I have never wanted children.
“It’s my choice, but of course it’s not something that’s going to happen by accident.
“Yes, it could happen if I wished it to. I have two nephews, a niece and eight godchildren, and I love that.
“But I don’t want kids. I just never had that urge. One of the many benefits of being gay is that people don’t assume you want children, so they don’t ask you.
“My brother Andrew’s relationship with his wife Anna Lisa is almost as long-standing as mine with Alice, and all they were ever asked is ‘When are you getting married?’ and ‘When are you having children?’.
“We never got that from anybody.”
Clare Balding will be on BBC One’s All Round to Mrs Brown’s this Saturday.