Kirsty Wark joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland, going on to become a producer in radio current affairs.
After a spell on Radio 4's The World At One, Kirsty moved to television in 1983 - working as a producer on Reporting Scotland and later producing and presenting the current affairs weekly Seven Days.
Kirsty has interviewed many top politicians, but her most memorable interview was in 1990 when she conducted a headline-making interview with the-then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.
From 1990-1993 she presented the arts programme The Late Show and in 1993 fronted the popular BBC heritage series One Foot In The Past - a role she continued into 2000.
In October 1993 Kirsty became one of the Newsnight presenters. I
n 2001 she also became a regular presenter of Newsnight Review and subsequently presenter of the Glasgow-based Review Show.
Kirsty also presents an occasional series of interviews for BBC Four with guests as wide-ranging as Toni Morrison, Hannan Ashrawi, Madonna and Woody Allen.
In 2011, Kirsty participated in Celebrity MasterChef where she reached the final and narrowly lost out to Phil Vickery.
She has won several major awards for her work including Bafta Scotland Journalist of the Year in 1993, Best Television Presenter in 1998, Scot of the Year in 1998 and was nominated for the Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter in the Baftas in 2000.
Kirsty was born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock. She is married to Alan Clements and has two children.