Carol Kirkwood was born in Morar, Inverness-shire.
After attending Napier University in Edinburgh, where she gained a BA in Commerce, Carol initially joined the BBC's Secretarial Reserve in London in 1984.
Various internal moves led to her first broadcasts for the BBC's Religious Broadcasting department on Radio Scotland, Radio 2 and Radio 4.
In 1993 she joined the BBC's Television Training Department at Elstree as a Presenter. During this time she also researched, produced and presented a bi-monthly programme called 'Talking Issues' and a weekly programme entitled 'The Guide' for HTV.
In 1996, Carol joined The Weather Channel, presenting the weather on satellite and cable television, as well as on Talk Radio's 'Drivetime' shows.
Having undergone Meteorological training at The Weather Channel, Met Office and the BBC, Carol joined the team at the BBC Weather Centre in April 1998.
She started broadcasting on BBC News Channel (previously News24) then quickly added BBC One, as well as all the other BBC channels that feature weather to her portfolio. Currently she is the main Weather Presenter on BBC Breakfast.
In 2003, Carol was named best TV Weather Presenter at the Television and Radio Industry's (TRIC) Club Awards. This was the first time Weather had been included in the TRIC Awards, and remains the only award available to Weather Presenters! She also won again in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
Carol also presents regularly on the BBC's 'The One Show' and has appeared regularly on CBBC. 'Hacker Time' being a particular favourite of hers!
Carol also took part in the live 'Great British Weather' show in 2011 and has appeared in a host of other programmes such as The One Show, Castle in the Country, Pointless, Food Factory, Blue Peter, Ready Steady Cook and Rolf on Art.
In January 2012, Carol had the great honour of giving a talk to HM the Queen and the Ladies of the WI in Sandringham. Something she says she will never forget.
On her days off, you will find Carol ensconced in a book, or singing and dancing.
The latter skills have been demonstrated during Children in Need in recent years. She also enjoys fishing, travelling and driving fast cars!