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.