Née Jillian Warry, the future weatherwoman was born in a small town in Ontario, Canada on September 26, 1966. An electrician and a nurse adopted her as a baby. Barberie discovered her biological parents in 2001 and found out that they both hailed from the United Kingdom, which explains the tattoo she has of a Union Jack four-leaf clover.
As a child, Barberie was active in figure skating. In order to help make ends meet in her blue-collar family, she began to take jobs at the age of fifteen. She later graduated with a broadcast journalism degree from the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her first major job in her field was as a weathercaster for The Weather Network in Canada from 1990 to 1992.
In 1992, Barberie joined the local Fox affiliate in Miami to be the weathercaster on their 5, 6 and 10pm newscasts. She also branched out into reporting about entertainment, sports and current events. It was also while in Florida that Barberie met her future husband, Bret Barberie, baseball player for the Florida Marlins at the time.
In 1995, Barberie joined the popular morning program Good Day L.A. after a stint as the weather anchor on the weeknight edition of the local Fox news. She held the post for two years and after proving herself in the demanding Los Angeles market, she used the job as a springboard to bigger and better things.
In 2000, Barberie became known to a national audience as the weatherwoman on the successful Fox NFL Sunday, with James Brown, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. Her status as a popular television staple was later sealed when she was granted hostess duty for the FX show The Test. In addition, Barberie has become in demand as an actress, with stints on V.I.P. with friend Pamela Anderson, and Clueless.
Her first appearance on the silver screen was in Heat, with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a television reporter, although her scenes were left on the cutting room floor by director Michael Mann.
Barberie has not ruled out future acting projects although she has admitted to feeling more comfortable on television.