Kirkwood, August 2008
29 May 1962
Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland
|Alma mater||Napier University, Edinburgh|
|Known for||BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire|
|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. After attending Lochaber High School in Fort William, Kirkwood gained a BA in commerce from Napier College of Commerce and Technology in Edinburgh.
Kirkwood rejoined the BBC at Elstree Studios training department in 1993 as a freelance presenter, during which time she also 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 she underwent training under the guidance of the BBC at the Met Office, before joining BBC News in April 1998 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, 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. The programme moved from London to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2013 but Kirkwood stayed in London presenting the weather on Breakfast via video link. She fronted the BBC's The Weather Show and is also a regular contributor and reporter for The One Show. In 2011, Kirkwood co-presented the BBC One series The Great British Weather. She also presents the weather on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show.
Strictly Come Dancing
In August 2015 it was announced that Kirkwood would be taking part in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, which began in September 2015. She was partnered with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Thunder in My Heart"||2||5||5||4||16||No Elimination|
|2||Foxtrot / "It's a Lovely Day Today"||4||6||5||5||20||Safe|
- BBC Breakfast (1999–present) – Weather presenter
- The Great British Weather – Co-presenter
- Hacker Time – Guest
- The Weather Show – Presenter
- The One Show – Reporter
- Would I Lie to You? (2013) – Guest, 1 episode
- Victoria Derbyshire (2015–present) – Weather presenter
- Strictly Come Dancing (2015) – Participant
- "Carol Kirkwood on being Britain's favourite weather presenter". Daily Express. 2 June 2013.
- "Carol Kirkwood". 24 August 2015.
- "Interview with Carol Kirkwood". Girl Guide Association. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
- "Profiles: Carol Kirkwood". BBC.
- "Profile: Carol Kirkwood". BBC. 10 September 2012.
- "Where would YOU have lived 1,000 years ago?". Daily Mail. 1 May 2014.
- "The Great British Weather". BBC.
- "Would I Lie to You?: Series 7, Episode 5". BBC.