Carol Kirkwood — things you didn't know about the BBC weather presenter

Carol Kirkwood BBC Breakfast weather presenter.
Carol Kirkwood has been presenting the BBC weather since 1998. (Image credit: BBC/Leigh Keily)

Carol Kirkwood has been presenting the weather on BBC Breakfast since joining the team back in 1998.

Excitingly, Carol has just announced that she's got married to her partner, policeman Steve Randall. Posting, "Thank you so much for all your lovely messages. We had the most perfect day. It was a tiny wedding but so romantic and intimate. A day we will never forget. We are bursting with happiness."

But while we might be used to seeing her on our screens as we drink our tea and eat our toast, what do we really know about the woman who helps us make our wardrobe choices each morning? 

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Carol Kirkwood comes from a big family 

Carol Kirkwood, born Carol MacKellaig, was born in Invernesshire, where her parents ran a hotel. She is one of eight children and attended Lochaber High School in Fort William before going on to Napier University in Edinburgh, where she gained a BA in commerce. After leaving university she joined the BBC's secretarial reserve in London, which led to small roles on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 2 and Radio 4.

She has been on holiday in the past with her BBC colleagues

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Carol in the past went on holiday with her colleagues, including Sally Nugent (left).  And former colleagues Dan Walker and  Steph McGovern (Image credit: David M. Benett)

While you might think that spending all day together at work might mean the BBC Breakfast presenting team would be sick of the sight of each other, the truth is actually very different. Carol once told “I go on holiday with Sally Nugent and Steph McGovern each year. And now Dan Walker has joined us — he is such a honey!”

Carol became a weather presenter by accident

BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood

Carol Kirkwood in action presenting the weather (Image credit: BBC/Jude Edginton)

Although we couldn’t imagine waking up to anyone else presenting the weather each morning, Carol has revealed she fell into being a weather presenter by chance. After contacting the BBC about being a Blue Peter presenter when she was 12, she was told that she needed to come back to them when she had a degree. But after leaving uni Carol applied to be a BBC secretary instead. Fast forward a few years and she was asked to audition for a new presenting role by an old friend — and she got the job! 

She lives life in the fast lane...

Instead of putting her feet up on her days off, Carol enjoys singing, dancing, fishing, travelling, learning to ice skate for charity and driving fast cars! When she does put her feet up for five minutes, the meteorologist can be found snuggling up with a good book. In fact, she is not only an avid reader, she is now a published author with several books...

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Carol Kirkwood's Sunday Times bestselling debut novel 'Under a Greek Moon' (Image credit: Twitter)

In 2021 Carol published her debut novel, "Under a Greek Moon", the story of an actress who returns to a Mediterranean island to escape a scandal and has to face the consequences of a deep secret. Her friend and ex-colleague Steph McGovern called it "an absolute cracking read". The novel became a bestseller and she has since penned "The Hotel on the Riveria" and "Secrets of the Villa Amore".

She wouldn't wear a miniskirt

Despite looking glam and polished every morning on TV, Carol has body hang-ups just like the rest of us. She told “I think you should wear what you like if it suits you. I wouldn't wear a miniskirt now because I don't like my legs. I'm also conscious of my arms when I do the weather because I spotted them wobbling as I flicked my hand up towards Scotland the other day, so now I move my arms very slowly and gently if I have to point northwards!”

She's no plans to leave BBC Breakfast

Carol has confessed she loves her BBC Breakfast job so much that would never consider leaving. She told “I’d never give up the weather on Breakfast. If they showed me the door I would hang on by my fingernails! So, as long as Breakfast want me, I’ll be there because I love it.”

Carol gets saucy fanmail!

You might think that people like to get in touch with Carol to tell her how much they enjoy her presenting the weather, or to ask where she got a dress that she was wearing from, but the presenter also gets mail of a more saucy kind! She told “I never know what to say when people ask me about the pictures, but it is true. I don’t think I’m the only person. I think lots of people get them. It’s not just me. I find it a bit embarrassing. I find talking about it even more embarrassing!”

Carol doesn't dance any longer

Carol competed in the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing (making it to week seven with her pro partner Pasha Kovalev), but in 2020 she was hit by a car when out cycling in Berkshire — and the accident has left her permanently scarred.

She told The Independent: "I'm permanently scarred. I've also lost some of the feeling in my knee in places, and I have permanent damage to my thumb joint and scarring to my elbow..."

Carol was off work for three weeks after the accident.

Carol Kirkwood’s Fact File

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the star....

How old is Carol Kirkwood?

Carol is 61. Her date of birth is May 29, 1962.

Is Carol Kirkwood married?

Carol Kirkwood married policeman Steve Randall in 2023. Previously she divorced her husband Jimmy Kirkwood in 2008 after nearly 20 years of marriage.

Does she have children?


Where was she born?

Carol was born in Morar, on the west coast of Scotland. 

How tall is Carol?

Carol is 1.7m tall.

Carol Kirkwood’s social media:

Twitter: @carolkirkwood

Carol Kirkwood continues to present BBC Breakfast weather on BBC One, weekdays.

We work hard to ensure that all information is correct. Facts that change over time, such as age, will be correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of the last article update.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.