After attending Lochaber High School in Fort William, Carol Kirkwood gained a BA in commerce from Napier College of Commerce and Technology in Edinburgh. After graduation, Carol joined the BBC's secretarial reserve in London and after a series of internal moves presented short slots on BBC Radio Scotland, and then BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4. After marrying Jimmy Kirkwood she left the BBC and subsequently worked in recruitment and then as a training consultant for a management consultancy in Cheshire. She rejoined the BBC at Elstree Studios training department in 1993 as a freelance presenter, during which time she also presented a bi-monthly programme Talking Issues for HTV West. In 1996 Carol joined the new UK operation of The Weather Channel, but after it closed down she underwent training under the guidance of the BBC at the Met Office, before joining BBC News in April 1998 as a weather presenter. She has since 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. Carol Kirkwood is the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast. The programme moved from London to MediaCityUK in Salford in 2013 but Carol stayed in London presenting the weather on Breakfast via video link. She fronted the BBC's The Weather Show and is also a regular contributor and reporter for The One Show. In 2011, she co-presented the BBC One series The Great British Weather. She also presents the weather on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. In August 2015, it was announced that Carol would be taking part in the thirteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, which began in September 2015. She was partnered with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev. Carol Kirkwood won the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She has also received an Honorary Fellowship from HRH Princess Anne for "contributions to broadcasting" at Inverness College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Scottish weather presenter for the BBC who is a 6-time recipient of the TRIC award for best TV Weather Presenter.