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BBC Breakfast confession: Owain Wyn Evans admitted being 'world's biggest worrier'

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The Welsh star, 37, rose to fame on children’s TV and local BBC channels before making the move to BBC Breakfast. Owain, who presents weekend weather forecasts on the show, has proven a hit with viewers. After one broadcast earlier this month, fans praised him on Twitter and requested to see “more of him, please”.

Owain was described as the show’s “happy, happy weatherman” but away from the cameras, he admitted to not always being so spritely. 

He told Wales Online that he was “the world’s biggest worrier” and was concerned about a number of things. 

The BBC star said: “I worried about everything.”

The meteorologist revealed that his mother was concerned about his TV career in 2014.

Wales Online journalist James McCarthy claimed she “worried her lad might get negative press”.

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Owain Wyn Evans has quickly emerged as a fan favourite on BBC Breakfast’s weather team (Image: BBC )

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Owain Wyn Evans’ first TV presenting job was on the Welsh children’s news show Ffeil (Image: BBC)

He claimed this was “because of his job” after Owain started presenting “when he was just 18”.

His mother’s fears came to the surface when the star came out as gay. 

Owain said: “She warned me to be careful at what I did in life.”

But her remarks were unfounded according to the star. 

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Owain Wyn Evans rose through the local BBC ranks before presenting on BBC Breakfast recently (Image: BBC)

Owain noted: “No one was bothered and it was not even an issue.”

In fact, since joining BBC Breakfast, the star has been bombarded with support. 

On Twitter, one fan wrote: “Morning Owain a breath of fresh (if chilly) air having you on the box and in the studio this morning, love the delivery and presentation.” 

A second added: “Worth watching the programme for you @BBCBreakfast loving @OwainWynEvans on breakfast news.”

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Owain Wyn Evans wanted to be a professional percussion drummer and only applied for TV to earn money (Image: BBC)

And a third, who asked for him to appear more regularly on BBC Breakfast, added: “Loving Owain Wyn Evans on the weather. 

“He presents the weather like a story. Even a horrible forecast is fun to watch.”

Owain’s popularity with viewers has led some to question whether he could take a bigger role on the BBC Breakfast.

Some expressed concern over veteran weather reporter Carol Kirkwood, 58, being replaced by the well-liked newcomer. 

Previously, Carol said she would “never give up” her slot and feared “thousands” of “younger” girls would “kill for my job”.

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Owain Wyn Evans’ popularity led some to suggest he was a rival BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood (Image: BBC)

In 2012, she told the Scottish Sun: “And I know the clock is ticking down for me.”

Carol claimed “being told I’m no longer doing” the job would “be like losing a limb”.

Earlier this month, Owain admitted he felt “very lucky and fortunate” to present weather forecasts on BBC Breakfast. 

He told the Manchester Evening News: “I am incredibly grateful to be doing what I’m doing.

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“But it’s also down to the fact that I’ve worked bloody hard to get to where I am today.”

However, Owain’s TV career was nearly derailed very early on. 

He initially hoped to be a professional percussionist and only applied to the children’s news programme Ffeil to make some money. 

Owain admitted he “had no clue what a screen test was” but went along anyway.

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Owain Wyn Evans was praised by BBC Breakfast fans on Twitter who wrote ‘more of him, please’ (Image: BBC)

During the interview – to test what he was like on TV – he had to read links from the autocue.

Owain recalled: “I really didn’t think the audition went well at all – I knocked a bottle of water over by accident and swore in response.”

He left the screen test “feeling deflated” but believed his blunders actually made him more “relaxed”. 

Owain added: “I just felt there was no way I was going to end up getting the job but half an hour later, I got the call to say I’d got it!”

BBC Breakfast airs from 6am on BBC One.



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