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Occupation  Television presenter
Spouse  Jimmy Kirkwood
Nationality  British

Role  Presenter
Name  Carol Kirkwood
Parents  Malcolm MacKellaig
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Full Name  Carol MacKellaig
Born  29 May 1962 (age 61) (1962-05-29) Morar, Invernessshire, Scotland
Alma mater  Napier University, Edinburgh
Known for  BBC Breakfast, Victoria Derbyshire
TV shows  BBC Breakfast, The One Show
Education  Lochaber High School, Edinburgh Napier University

Similar  Christa Ackroyd, Helen Willetts, Louise Lear


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Carol Kirkwood (born 29 May 1962) is a Scottish weather presenter, trained by the Met Office, and employed by the BBC, in particular on BBC Breakfast and Victoria Derbyshire. In 2015, she participated in the 13th series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in 10th place.


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Early life

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Born Carol MacKellaig in Morar, Inverness-shire, 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 (now Edinburgh Napier University) in Edinburgh.

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She is a lifelong fan of singer Bryan Adams.


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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 Jimmy Kirkwood she left the BBC and subsequently worked in recruitment, and then as a training consultant for a management consultancy in Cheshire. In 1992 Carol spent time on a now defunct cable TV channel, Windsor TV, latterly called Wire TV, along with Sacha Baron Cohen.

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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.

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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.

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Kirkwood has appeared as a guest on CBBC's show Hacker Time. In 2014, she appeared on BBC One panel show Would I Lie to You?

Strictly Come Dancing

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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.


Kirkwood won the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She received an Honorary Fellowship from HRH Princess Anne for "contributions to broadcasting" at Inverness College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, on 17 November 2015.


  • 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
  • References

    Carol Kirkwood Wikipedia