Keeley Donovan

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Keeley Donovan
Born Keeley Emma Donovan
(1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 33)
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England
Residence Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nationality British
Education De Montfort University
Occupation Meteorologist, Journalist and Weather presenter
Years active 2005-present
Employer BBC
Known for Look North from Hull
Look North from Leeds
Television Break-in Britain
Countryfile Diaries
Inside Out

Keeley Emma Donovan (born 14 May 1983) is an English journalist and broadcaster, currently working for the BBC as a weather presenter for television and radio services in the North of England.

Early life[edit]

Donovan was born in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England, Donovan grew up in nearby Tetney, in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. Her father, Terry Donovan, was from Liverpool and played professional football, briefly representing the Republic of Ireland at international level. Her late Irish grandfather, Don Donovan, also represented both Grimsby Town and the Republic of Ireland.[1] He managed Boston United from 1965 to 1969. She has a younger sister, Kirsty.

She attended the Humberston School.[2] She did a course in media at Franklin Sixth Form College in Grimsby, then studied for a BA at De Montfort University in Leicester. She returned to Grimsby to do a post-graduate NVQ Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education in conjunction with East Coast Media.[3]


Donovan started her broadcasting career at the age of 14, presenting for Channel 7 Television (now Estuary TV), a local cable TV station based in Immingham.[3] She went freelance while continuing her studies and began freelancing for BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire in 2005 and joined the locally-based Propeller TV a year later.

After studying broadcast meteorology with the Met Office and the BBC Weather Centre, Donovan started presenting weather forecasts for the BBC's regional TV and local radio services in the Yorkshire and North Midlands, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and North East and Cumbria regions. She is also a reporter for the regional current affairs magazine, Inside Out, and an occasional newsreader and reporter for the Leeds edition of BBC Look North.

In September 2015, she co-presented her first networked TV series, the daytime factual show Break-in Britain, produced by BBC Cymru Wales.[3][4]

In March 2016, it was announced that Keeley would co-present the new BBC series Countryfile Diaries, a spin off of the popular Countryfile programme.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "R.I.P Don". Grimsby Town F.C. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Keeley Donovan". BBC Look North. BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Local weather girl Keeley Donovan reveals her new TV challenge". Grimsby Telegraph. London: Trinity Mirror plc. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Alice (3 September 2015). "Weather girl Keeley Donovan to host BBC1 crime show Break-In Britain". The Hull Daily Mail. London: Trinity Mirror plc. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Methven, Nicola (8 March 2016). "New Countryfile daytime spin-off show to be fronted by glamorous weathergirl". The Daily Mirror. London: Trinity Mirror plc. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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