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.
Table of Biography
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 the 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. She is 59 years old.
She was 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 Hig School, where she equipt 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.
Right after graduation, Carol Kirkwood joined the BBC’s secretarial reserve in London. She worked there under 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, she decided 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 mean tie, 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, BBC News at Six.
In spite of being a part of all these news programs. She is the main presenter on 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 for The One Show, The Weather Show, and The Great British Weather.
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 of 2015. She revealed her amazing dancing skill 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!.
Awards and Net Worth
The celebrated TV presenter stands out from all other presenters for she 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
As one of the most established weather forecasters in the UK, she has earned both fame and riches. She makes around $400 thousand dollars per year. Similarly, she stands at a net worth of $5 million as of 2020.
Carol married Jimmy Kirkwood in 1986. 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.
Body Measurement and Social Media
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 fair skin tone, Similarly, her extraordinary blue eyes add up her beauty.
Despite being one of the most celebrated media personality, she does not keep it up with social media much. She is currently active only on Twitter. Here she has a verified account with the user name @carolkirkwood and 185k followers. Nevertheless, she has an Instagram account that is not active at the moment. However, there are several fan account on both sites that share photos and information about the celebrity reporter.