Kirkwood, August 2008
Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland
|Alma mater||Napier University, Edinburgh|
|Occupation||Presenter, Weather Forecaster|
|Known for||BBC Breakfast|
|Spouse(s)||Jimmy Kirkwood (divorced)|
Born Carol MacKellaig in Morar, Invernessshire, she was one of eight children to parents who ran a hotel in Morar. A Girl Guide, after attending Lochaber High School in Fort William, Kirkwood 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. After marrying, she left the BBC and subsequently worked as an Associate Director in recruitment, and then as a 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 since appeared regularly across all of BBC Weather's output on both radio and television, including BBC News, BBC World News and the BBC News at Six.
Kirkwood has been the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast since 2008. After the show moved to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2013, she stayed in London but still presents the weather on Breakfast via video link. 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. 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. In July 2011, Kirkwood became a co-presenter of BBC One's The Great British Weather. She won the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
Kirkwood has appeared as a guest on CBBC's children's show Hacker Time. On 31 May 2013 she appeared on BBC One panel show Would I Lie to You? where it was revealed that she and a classmate once locked a ram in a classroom cupboard as a prank on the teacher.