Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most highly regarded and versatile presenters. While keeping strong roots in Scotland, she has for more than a decade been firmly established with audiences throughout the United Kingdom as a presenter of flagship national current affairs programmes.

Kirsty joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland after taking a degree in Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. As a radio producer in current affairs, she produced Good Morning Scotland and the political programme Order Order.


After a spell on Radio 4's The World At One, Kirsty moved to television in 1983 - first as an assistant producer on Agenda and Current Account and then as a producer on Reporting Scotland. In 1985 she both produced and presented the current affairs weekly Seven Days and from then on concentrated on presenting Reporting Scotland, Left Right and Centre, and the last two General Election programmes. In 1992-1993 she presented the Scottish current affairs show Up Front.

She undertook a similar role in September 1997 for the Scottish Referendum and also anchored the BBC coverage of the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 1999. As BBC Scotland's main presenter on all it's political programmes and election specials, Kirsty has interviewed many top politicians, but her most memorable interview was in 1990 when she conducted a headline-making interview with the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

For the BBC she presented Breakfast Time for two years, the youth television series Words Apart, and for three years fronted Edinburgh Nights from the Edinburgh Festival. In addition, she fronted the Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley and the Special Olympics in Glasgow.

From 1990-1993 Kirsty presented the Arts programme The Late Show, and in 1993 fronted the popular BBC heritage series One Foot In The Past - a role she continued into 2000.

In October 1993 she joined BBC2's flagship current affairs programme Newsnight, and along with Jeremy Paxman, is one of the main presenters of the programme. In February 1998 she was also signed for the BBC's Rough Justice programme.

Kirsty formed the independent television production company WARK CLEMENTS & CO. with Alan Clements in 1990 and has presented much of the company's output, including Words With Wark, Restless Nation, Building A Nation, Lives Less Ordinary and The Kirsty Wark Show.

Kirsty was named journalist of the year by BAFTA Scotland in 1993 and Best Television Presenter in 1997. In addition, Kirsty was chosen as Scot of the Year 1998 - sponsored by Scotland On Sunday & Glenfiddich - and was awarded the 1999 News and Current Affairs prize by Carlton Women in Film and Television. She was also nominated for the prestigious Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Television Presenter (Factual, Features and News) in the BAFTAS 2000.

Kirsty was born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock. She is married to Alan Clements and has two children.