Carol Kirkwood: BBC Breakfast star reveals REAL reason she got job | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Carol Kirkwood: BBC Breakfast star reveals REAL reason she got job | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Carol Kirkwood has entertained the nation for some 20 years as the regular weather presenter on BBC Breakfast.

But before she became one of the country’s most loved forecasters, Carol was gearing up for the audition of a lifetime.

The 56-year-old had hoped of being a presenter since she was 12-years-old, however, the opportunity to stand in front of the camera did not come until much later in life.

First, Carol started out at the BBC  as a secretary, before working as a production assistant, but left the corporation when she married her now ex-husband Jimmy Kirkwood.

For some time she worked in recruitment and management consultancy, before an old colleague at the BBC asked her is she would like to be a presenter, as there was role available.

“She told me there were plenty of aspiring presenters, but that they weren’t able to talk live confidently and to time,” Carol told Essential Surrey and SW London back in 2016.

“During my production days I’d had some experience on radio, so I went to audition.”

It was at the try-out where Carol met another women, who was also auditioning for the same role as her.

Recalling their encounter, Carol said: “I was lined up with another lady who was so worked up with nerves that calming her down became my main concern.

“As a result, I didn’t give my own nerves a second thought. Thanks to that lovely lady, I gave a good show and got the job.”

In 1996, Carol went on to work at ITV for The Weather Channel, where she “fell in love with the weather on the spot”.

She enthused: “It was love at first sight. You’ve got the green screen behind you – which requires a lot of simulation, as you can’t see the graphics that the viewers are watching – and you have no script. Plus, of course, it’s live.”

When The Weather Channel folded two years later Carol was offered a job back at the BBC and was sent to have further training.

“In those days you couldn’t be a BBC weather presenter without Met Office qualifications. So, when I rejoined, they sent me off to study meteorology,” she explained.

Some 20 years later Carol is still at the BBC living out her childhood dream of being a presenter at the long-running broadcaster.

The nine times ‘weather reporter of the year’ award winner originally wanted to work at Blue Peter as a child.

“I just wanted to work for the BBC. So, when I was 12, I wrote to Blue Peter asking if I could come and be a presenter,” she recounted.

“They kindly replied to say that I was too young, but that I should go back to them with a degree.”

Carol never did apply for the role at Blue Peter when she reached the appropriate age, but has fulfilled an aspiration of hers by working at BBC Breakfast.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays on BBC One at 6am.

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