BBC Breakfast: Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, 56, opens up about on-screen pressures
The 56-year-old BBC Breakfast weather favourite spoke openly about her appearance and how working on television affects her.
Carol Kirkwood, who has won weather presenter of the year nine times, confessed to feeling under “pressure” to present herself in a certain way.
These moments of insecurity often occurred when Carol was having what she referred to as “a fat day”.
Talking about being watched by millions of viewers, Carol said: “I like it if my hair is neat and my make-up is okay and I’m not having a fat day!”
When Radio Times asked Carol to elaborate on what “a fat day” meant to her, she explained: “Oh, when you just feel bleurgh.”
She went on to tell the publication: “I didn’t get this figure eating salad, but I go to the gym and I run. I try to be healthy.“
Speaking candidly about her battle with her weight, Carol added: “When I put on weight, it’s annoying.
“But I try to get it off. Perhaps I’m under a little bit more pressure because I’m on the telly.”
Carol, who first joined the BBC as a secretary after studying at an Edinburgh college, never intended to become a meteorologist.
However, she sort of fell into the role after being “ridiculed” about her speech by an anonymous caller.
Recalling the awkward phone call, she explained: “One woman caller heard my voice and said, ‘Oh, for heaven’s sake, girl, speak the Queen’s English.’
“That shook me, I thought, ‘I need to speak more clearly.’ So I slowed it down.”
In no time Carol was given presenting roles across BBC radio, however, she gave it up when she married property developer, Jimmy Kirkwood, in 1990.
During her time away from the cooperation, Carol worked at several cable stations, before ending up at the Weather Channel.
But when the station folded, Carol returned to the BBC and was sent for further training at the Met Office.
Now, Carol is a household name and widely considered the nations favourite weather reporter.
In 2008 Carol split with her husband after 18 years of marriage, but said she felt “braver” after her divorce.
“When I was younger I would never have done that because I’d have thought, ‘too dangerous! Now I think, ‘Oh, you’ve got to live your life!’,” she said.
“I found myself when I got divorced. I started to do things and to think, ‘I’m not going to say no, I’m going to say yes!’”
BBC Breakfast air weekdays on BBC One at 6am.
Read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times, out now.