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Behnaz Akhgar

Behnaz Akhgar(born 1979 or 1980 [1]) is a Welsh weather presenter of Iranian origin currently working for BBC's Wales Today. She broadcasts the morning and weekend bulletins with Sue Charles, and acts as a relief presenter for meteorologist Derek Brockway.[2] Behnaz, Benny, or Beninda to her friends is from a Persian-Welsh background; her first language is Persian.[3]

She entered the Miss Wales pageant in 1998.

Early life

Behnaz was born in Shiraz, Iran.[3] She moved to Swansea when she was 10 years old and has lived in Wales ever since.[3] When she arrived in Britain she spoke no English at at all. She attended Dynevor comprehensive school and then University of Glamorgan where she gained a BA in communication studies. She completed her postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at Cardiff University.

In an 2012 interview with Wales Online she said when asked about her fashion sense and were liked to shop best she said "Marks and Spencer, for work especially, just their standard range. I think every women has a shop, and that’s mine. I’m a size 12 , quite curvy, and they make clothes that really suit my shape. They hug in all the right places. I can’t afford designer but I dream of owning a Burberry mac."[4] It was also reported that: "Behnaz is one of the hosts at the Women in Wales Save the Children Lunch and fashion show at Cardiff City Hall on Friday."[4]


Akhgar joined the BBC in 2001, working behind the scenes, before becoming a picture editor and video journalist. During this time, she applied for weather-presenting jobs, landing her current role in 2008 - on her third attempt.[5]

Akhgar presents the morning and weekend weather bulletins with Sue Charles, and acts as a relief presenter for meteorologist Derek Brockway when he is away. She also presents regular bulletins on BBC Radio Wales throughout the day.

Behnaz New Wardrobe [4] Behnaz Reads The Weather BBC [6]


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