Carol Kirkwood

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Carol Kirkwood (née MacKellaig) (born 29 May 1962) is a Scottish weather presenter trained by the Met Office and employed by the BBC on BBC Breakfast. In 2015, she participated in the 13th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in 10th place.

Early Life

Born Carol MacKellaig on 29 May 1962 in Morar, Inverness-shire, Kirkwood was one of eight children to parents who were hoteliers in Morar. She attended Lochaber High School in Fort William and later earned a BA in commerce from Napier College of Commerce and Technology, now known as Edinburgh Napier University, in Edinburgh.


After graduating, Kirkwood joined the BBC’s secretarial reserve in London. She made several internal moves, presenting short slots on BBC Radio Scotland, and later on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. After marrying Jimmy Kirkwood, she left the BBC and worked in recruitment and as a training consultant for a management consultancy in Cheshire. In 1992, she spent some time on a now-defunct cable TV channel, Windsor TV, later known as Wire TV, alongside Sacha Baron Cohen.

In 1993, Kirkwood rejoined the BBC at the Elstree Studios training department as a freelance presenter, during which she also presented a bi-monthly programme, Talking Issues, for HTV West. In 1996, she joined the new UK operation of The Weather Channel. After it closed, she trained under the guidance of the BBC at the Met Office and joined BBC News in April 1998 as a weather presenter. Since then, she has regularly appeared across all of BBC Weather’s output on both radio and television, including BBC News, BBC World News, BBC News at Six, and the live forecasts as part of the BBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Kirkwood is the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast. When the programme moved from London to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2012, Kirkwood remained in London, presenting the weather on Breakfast via video link. She also presented The Weather Show on the BBC and is a regular contributor and reporter for The One Show. In 2011, she co-presented the BBC One series The Great British Weather and also presented the weather on BBC Radio 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

Kirkwood has appeared as a guest on CBBC’s show Hacker Time and in 2014 on the BBC One panel show Would I Lie to You?. In October 2018, she made a cameo appearance on the television soap Hollyoaks.

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