Carol Kirkwood - Updated Mar 2024

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Morar, Scotland

Carol Kirkwood

Carol Kirkwood is a Scottish weather presenter for the BBC’s morning program Breakfast. Carol Kirkwood was also a participant in the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing.

Early Life and Childhood

Born on May 29, 1962, Carol Kirkwood’s birth name is Caron Mackellaig. The Morar, Inverness-shire native is a Gemini by birth sign. she was born to a big family where she grew up with 7 siblings.

She is the daughter of Malcolm MacKellaig, who ran a hotel in Morar with his family. Unfortunately, he passed away, while she was still very young.

Nevertheless, she grew up with unconditional love from her mother and siblings. Although, their names are unknown. Her age is currently 61 years old.


She has been excellent academically since her childhood. In her early days, she went to a private school with her siblings.

For high school, she enrolled at the Lochaber High School, where she equipped herself for higher education.

To pursue higher education, she moved to Edinburgh and joined Napier College of Commerce and Technology. Here she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Carol Kirkwood – Net Worth 2024

As one of the most established weather forecasters in the UK, she has earned both fame and riches. She makes around $150k per year. Similarly, she stands at a net worth of $3.9 million as of 2024.

There are no details about her salary, brand endorsements, asset values, cars, houses, etc.

Relationship Status

Carol married her husband, Jimmy Kirkwood in 1986. In one of the BBC, interviews, Carol has shown off her engagement ring as she revealed how her fiance proposed to her. They spent about 25 years together.

However, even after such a long time, the marriage was not successful. Even when together, the two did not have any children.

Finally, in 2012, they got divorced. Since then, she has been living on her own in Maidenhead in Berkshire.

Carol Kirkwood

Caption: Carol Kirkwood with her partner Pasha Kovalev performing at the Strictly Come Dancing 2015
Source: Youtube

Career and Professional Life

Right after graduation, Carol Kirkwood joined the BBC’s secretarial reserve in London. She worked there in several roles before becoming a presenter on BBC Radio Scotland, and then BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.

Later after her marriage, she resigned from BBC and worked as a training consultant for a management consultancy in Cheshire.

Moreover, she also worked with the TV channel Wire TV, which is currently known as Windsor TV.

Only after 1 year with the TV channel, did she decide to get back to the BBC in 1993. This time she joined as a freelance presenter at the corporation’s Elstree Studios training department.

At the same time, she was also associated with a bi-monthly program Talking Issues for HTV West. After 3 years with Elstree Studios, she moved to the new UK operation of The Weather Channel in 1996.

But it soon closed down. Consequently, she joined the Met Office for training before joining BBC News in April 1998 as a weather presenter.

Since then, she has regularly appeared across all of BBC Weather’s output on both radio and television, including BBC News, BBC World News, and BBC News at Six.

Despite being a part of all these news programs. She is the main presenter of BBC Breakfast.

Even though the program moved from London to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2013, she presents from London via video link.

Moreover, she is a regular contributor to The One Show, The Weather Show, and The Great British Weather.

Carol Kirkwood

Carol Kirkwood presenting the weather forecast for the BBC news
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Strictly Come Dancing

In August 2015, Kirkwood announced that she would be participating in the 13th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

She paired up with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, in the show which aired in September 2015.

Carol Kirkwood revealed her amazing dancing skills in the show and made it up to the top 10. Her last performance on the show was on the track “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!


The celebrated TV presenter stands out from all other presenters for Carol has a love for her work.

Kirkwood has won the Television and Radio Industries Club Award for best TV Weather Presenter a total of 9 times.

She received the first award in 2003, followed by 2008 and 2009. Moreover, she claimed the award 6 times in a row from 2012-2017.

Similarly, on November 17, 2015, Princess Anne honored her with an Honorary Fellowship for “contributions to broadcasting” at Inverness College.

Social Media

Despite being one of the most celebrated media personalities, she does not keep up with social media much. She is currently active only on Twitter.

Here she has a verified account with the user name @carolkirkwood and 237.1k followers. Nevertheless, she has an Instagram account that is not active at the moment.

However, there are several fan accounts on both sites that share photos and information about the celebrity reporter.

Carol Kirkwood – Body Measurements

58-year-old Carol Kirkwood appears on the TV every day still looking divine. She is a tall woman with a height of 6 feet 5 inches. She weighs around 58kgs.

Her body structure is well maintained with measurements 38-28-29. With these physical features, she looks no less than a model.

In addition, she has blond hair and a fair skin tone, Similarly, her extraordinary blue eyes add up to her beauty.

Carol Kirkwood

Carol poses for a photo with her Mercedes SLK
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