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Carol Kirkwood

Ready to cause a storm on the dance floor

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53
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BBC Weather Reporter
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Award-winning Carol Kirkwood is one of the BBC’s most experienced and beloved weather presenters, best known for presenting the weather on BBC Breakfast. With her alarm going off every morning at 2.45am – is Carol ready to weather the waltz?

I regularly have spray tans and I LOVE sparkle so cannot wait for the sequins… bring them on!
Carol Kirkwood

Born in Morar, Invernessshire, Carol is one of eight children. Growing up in the rainy Scottish Highlands, Carol recalls weather being important at a young age. After gaining a BA in Commerce from Napier University, Carol soon joined the BBC as a secretary. Following a brief spell working in recruitment, she landed her first presenting job on a local cable channel, before joining The Weather Channel. After this she went on to join BBC News as a weather presenter in 1998.

Carol’s presenting career spans almost two decades, during which time she has 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 and Ascot. As the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast, Carol has won the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter a whopping total of seven times – so the Glitterball trophy would be in great company on her mantelpiece!

Although Carol has taken to the stage for Children in Need as part of the Newsreader’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ and does a mean ‘Strip the Willow’ at Scottish weddings, she has no formal training when it comes to dancing. Carol considers presenting the weather to be one of the hardest broadcasting jobs she has ever done. She has broadcast from New York, the top of the Fourth Bridge and in Cyprus with the Red Arrows, but how will Carol fair in the glittery Strictly climate?

Beyond the television screen, Carol can often be found ensconced in a book, singing, dancing and driving fast cars. It’s obvious that Carol likes her thrills, but will she be stalling or speeding through to the Strictly final?