|Name Behnaz Akhgar|
|Similar People Sue Charles, Derek Brockway, Keeley Donovan, Alex Dolan, Lucy Owen|
Education University of Glamorgan
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Behnaz Akhgar (Persian: بهناز اخگر; born 1980 ) is a British weather presenter of Iranian origin currently working for BBC's Wales Today. She broadcasts the morning and weekend bulletins with Sue Charles, and acts as a relief presenter for meteorologist Derek Brockway. Behnaz, often called Benni, is from a Persian-Welsh background; her first language is Persian.
She entered the Miss Wales pageant in 1998.
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Akhgar was born in Shiraz, Iran. She moved to Swansea when she was 10 years old, she attended Dynevor comprehensive school where coincidentally her parents opened a shop literally around the corner from there named "Dagwood's"; she has lived in Wales ever since. When she arrived in Britain she spoke no English. She attended the University of Glamorgan where she gained a BA in communication studies, followed by completion of a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.
Akhgar joined the BBC in 2001, working behind the scenes before becoming a picture editor and video journalist. During this time, she applied for weather-presenting jobs, landing her current role in 2008 - on her third attempt.
Akhgar presents the morning and weekend weather bulletins with Sue Charles, and acts as a relief presenter for meteorologist Derek Brockway. She also presents regular bulletins on BBC Radio Wales throughout the day. She has described the harassment she experiences as a female forecaster from "geeks" who complain about her glamorous appearance. In 2012 an error resulted in the weather map behind her showing a temperature of -99 degrees C in Bangor, Wales.
Akhgar has also broadcast features on the BBC World Service about the plight of women in the developing world.