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Behnaz Akhgar is a British 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. Behnaz Akhgar, often called Benni, is from a Persian-Welsh background; her first language is Persian.¬†Behnaz Akhgar entered the Miss Wales pageant in 1998.

Behnaz 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.

Behnaz Akhgar presents the morning and weekend weather bulletins with Sue Charles, and acts as a relief presenter for meteorologist Derek Brockway. She also presents regular bulletins on BBC Radio Wales throughout the day. She has described the harassment she experiences as a female forecaster from “geeks” who complain about her glamorous appearance. In 2012 an error resulted in the weather map behind her showing a temperature of 99 degrees C in Bangor, Wales.

Behnaz Akhgar has also broadcast features on the BBC World Service about the plight of women in the developing world.¬†In 2016, she appeared on the BBC One programme “Search For A*” alongside other celebrities Wynne Evans and Omar Hamdi.

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