Kirkwood, August 2008
May 29, 1962
Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland
|Alma mater||Napier University, Edinburgh|
|Occupation||Presenter, Weather Forecaster|
|Known for||BBC Breakfast|
|Spouse(s)||Jimmy Kirkwood (divorced) |
Kirkwood was born Carol MacKellaig in Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland. She was one of eight children and her parents ran a hotel in Morar; she was a Girl Guide. After attending Lochaber High School in Fort William, Carol gained a BA in commerce from Napier University in Edinburgh.
After graduation, Kirkwood joined the BBC's Secretarial Reserve in London and after a series of internal moves presented short slots on BBC Radio Scotland, and then BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. She subsequently worked as an Associate Director in recruitment and as training consultant for a management consultancy in Cheshire.
Kirkwood rejoined the BBC at Elstree Studios training department in 1993 as a freelance presenter, during which time she presented a bi-monthly programme Talking Issues for HTV West. In 1996 Kirkwood joined the new UK operation of The Weather Channel, but after it closed down in January 1998 she underwent training under the guidance of the BBC at the Met Office, before joining BBC News as a weather presenter. She has appeared regularly on BBC One, BBC News, BBC World News, BBC Red Button and the BBC News at Six, and has been the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast since 2008.
Since 2005, Kirkwood has also presented live forecasts as part of the BBC's coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, sharing these duties with Dan Corbett and Susan Powell. She won the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter in 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Since 2007, she has been the presenter of The Weather Show (shown quarterly on BBC News), and is also a regular contributor and reporter for BBC1's The One Show. She has appeared as a guest on CBBC's children's show Hacker Time. In July 2011, Kirkwood became a co-presenter of BBC One's The Great British Weather. On 31st May 2013 Carol appeared on BBC One panel show Would I Lie to You? (TV series).