Owain Wyn Evans does the weather with feet in ice bucket
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The Welsh broadcaster continues to prove himself as a popular fixture of BBC Breakfast and BBC North West Tonight. The 37-year-old’s fans regularly bombard him on Twitter with praise. On Saturday, one viewer described him as an “absolute gem” and asked if there was “anybody on earth” who he “does not make laugh and smile”.
It followed remarks earlier this year, where one fan demanded “more of him, please” and another said BBC Breakfast was “worth watching for” Owain.
The positive comments about Owain’s presenting talent have led many to assume he will play a bigger part in the corporation’s future.
There is also speculation that he could be the successor to veteran BBC Breakfast weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.
On Twitter, one user described Owain as her “heir apparent” and others thanked him for explaining complex weather terms in a simple way.
Some tipped the TV star, from Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, to take the top job after a blunder from Carol on BBC Breakfast.
Last week, she claimed she “would probably be sacked” after she called out one of the BBC’s output producers.
Carol disagreed with her boss’ view that there was “no weather” to report on during the broadcast and launched into a spirited debate with Naga Munchetty.
This week, Carol was temporarily replaced by a cardboard replica, which she shared online and branded BBC cameraman Paul “cheeky”.
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In the tweet, the Scottish star wrote: “What do you mean ‘It’s the only way I can get you to stand still.’”
Neither the BBC nor BBC Breakfast has announced any plans to replace Carol but it’s clear Owain’s takeover could be a popular move.
On Twitter, one user claimed Owain was “a breath of fresh (if chilly) air” and others lavished him with praise.
This followed a delighted response from viewers and a few celebrities when Owain joined BBC North West Tonight back in 2019.
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The presenter, who started off on the children’s programme Ffeil on BBC Wales at 18 years old, said it was “a real honour” to join the team.
Owain’s popularity soared after he went viral for celebrating International Drag Day during a 2017 weather report.
The clip, which was retweeted by the official Twitter account for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, earned him even more fans online.
His permanent slot on North West Tonight followed the death of Dianne Oxberry, who tragically died from ovarian cancer at the age of 51.
At the time, TV star Roger Johnson named Owain specifically as one of “several excellent weather presenters… [who] have helped us”.
Roger, also a North West Tonight presenter, noted the “positive reaction from many viewers” to Owain and he was “sure they will make him welcome”.
His appointment on the show was also celebrated by Ranvir Singh, who is now a presenter on Good Morning Britain.
In a tweet, she explained “our forever sunshine” Diane Oxberry “would definitely approve” of Owain.
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Ranvir tagged the Welsh star in his post, which featured both a rainbow and a love heart emojis.
Despite Owain’s popularity on screen, the BBC star feared he had blown his first TV audition.
At a screen test for Ffeil, when he was 18, he “knocked a bottle of water over by accident and swore in response”.
In March, Owain recalled the incident to the Manchester Evening News: “I left it feeling deflated… I just felt there was no way I was going to end up getting the job.”
While the future star was disappointed, he never intended to become a TV presenter.
Owain only applied for the job on Ffeil as a way to make money during a year out from college, so that he could hone his skills as a drummer.
He dreamed of being a professional percussionist but soon after landing the job on Ffeil switched paths to pursue an illustrious TV career.
Owain went on to study meteorology with the Open University, which allowed him to become a weather presenter for BBC Wales Today.
Since then, he’s delivered forecasts on multiple BBC shows around England too and seems hot on the heels of the coveted BBC Breakfast job.
In March, Owain said he felt “incredibly grateful”, “very lucky and fortunate” to have become such a popular figure.
He added: “But it is down to the fact that I’ve worked bloody hard to get where I am today!”
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