Carol KirkwoodWHO: Broadcast Meteorologist and Star of Strictly Come Dancing
WHERE: BBC Breakfast, Radio 2's "Chris Evan's Show", BBC One's "The One Show" and "Strictly Come Dancing"
WHY: Carol Kirkwood is one of television's most experienced live presenters. She is currently part of the BBC Breakfast team, broadcasting live weather bulletins daily from the studio or on location.
As well as reporting regularly for BBC1's The One Show, Carol fronts the Weather Show for BBC News and BBC Breakfast, which has come from New York, the top of the Forth Bridge and Cyprus with the Red Arrows! She broadcasts from a wide variety of locations and has become a fixture for the BBC's OB's from Wimbledon and Ascot. Carol presented the BBC1's Great British Weather Show live during the Summer of 2011, which involved her taking cloud samples from a microlight aircraft at 5000 feet.
In fact, there's often a daredevil side to Carol's work. She can be found trying everything from racing high powered speed boats to a charity tandem ride for Children in Need. Somehow most Children in Need broadcasts find her trying something new, which usually involves dancing or singing live. She's appeared as part of the Newsreader's "Rocky Horror Show", The Weather Girls "Raining Men", she's danced the Cancan and duetted on "Baby, It's Cold Outside". In 2006, she even learned to ice skate for charity - performing live for BBC1's New Years Eve Special.
In 2015 continuing the tradition of BBC Breakfast presenters, she was a contestant on the BBC's Saturday night primetime show Strictly Come Dancing. Her dance partner was Pasha Kovalev, lasting 8 weeks in the competition.
Carol's popularity with viewers of all ages means she's appeared on CBBC on many occasions - in particular with Hacker, Sam and Mark's Top of the Pops Saturday TV Show, SMart! and Do Something Different. She's reported for the BBC's Holiday programme, appeared on Animal Hospital and worked alongside John Craven on Castle in the Country. Even though she claims she has no culinary expertise, she's appeared three times on Ready, Steady, Cook and won it!
All of this is in addition to her regular job as one of the BBC's most experienced weather presenters - appearing on all BBC platforms both for Radio and Television as well as Interactive. She's been recognised for this work by the Television and Radio Industry Club (TRIC), winning the award for best weather presenter no less than nine times in 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017!
As well as her TV work, Carol is a much loved awards ceremony host on events from the National Travel Awards through to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards. She supports charity events wherever possible including the NSPCC and The Willow Foundation.
Her soft Scottish brogue means she can be heard voicing a wide variety of audio projects from children's stories about fire breathing dragons to advice about digital TV.