Carol Kirkwood

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Carol Kirkwood
Carol Kirkwood 2008-08-08.jpg
Kirkwood, August 2008
Born Carol MacKellaig
(1962-05-29) May 29, 1962 (age 51)
Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Alma mater Napier University, Edinburgh
Occupation Presenter, Weather Forecaster
Known for BBC Breakfast
Spouse(s) Jimmy Kirkwood (divorced) [1]

Carol Kirkwood is a Scottish weather presenter, employed by the Met Office and best known for forecasting the weather for BBC Breakfast.

Early life[edit]

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.[2] 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, 2012 and 2013.

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.[3] 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).

When Breakfast moved to Salford she stayed in London but still presents the weather on Breakfast via video link.


  1. ^ "Stormy outlook for Carol Kirkwood". Telegraph. 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Carol Kirkwood". Girl Guide Association. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  3. ^ Hacker Time