Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most highly regarded and versatile presenters, having presented the BBC’s flagship weekly current affairs show Newsnight for 25 years. She has also hosted the groundbreaking Late Show, Election specials and live stadium events.
Kirsty presented The Review Show for over a decade. She has conducted long form interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher, Madonna, Harold Pinter to Pete Doherty, Damian Hirst to George Clooney and the likes of Toni Morrison, Donna Tartt and Philip Roth.
She has fronted many documentaries for BBC Television including the critically acclaimed Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes. This year, she fronted The Insider’s Guide To Menopause which aired on BBC Scotland and iPlayer.
Kirsty Wark joined the BBC as a graduate researcher in 1976 for BBC Radio Scotland, going on to become a producer in radio current affairs. Following a spell on Radio 4's The World At One, she moved to television in 1983 - working as a producer on Reporting Scotland and later producing and presenting the current affairs weekly Seven Days. She has interviewed many top politicians - from Tony Blair in January 1996 to Margaret Thatcher in 1990.
Kirsty presented the 1987 General Election in Scotland and the three subsequent elections. She has also presented several major OB's and the openings of the Tate Modern and the Scottish Parliament. From 1990-1993 she 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 Newsnight and, since 2001, also presents Newsnight Review. Kirsty also presents an occasional series of interviews for BBC4 with guests as wide ranging as Toni Morrison, Hannan Ashrawi, Woody Allen & Pete Doherty. She also presents the prestigious Man Booker literary awards for BBC2 and BBC4.
Forming the independent television production company Wark Clements & Co with Alan Clements in 1990, she then presented much of the company's output, including Words With Wark, Restless Nation, Building A Nation, The Kirsty Wark Show, Lives Less Ordinary and Tales from Europe.
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.
Born in Dumfries and educated in Kilmarnock, her debut novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, was published in 2014. Her second novel, The House by the Loch, was published in 2019.