Alexandra Virina Scott MBE would be an English tv presenter, pundit, and former professional footballer who spent most of her career as a right-back with Arsenal W.F.C. in the FA Women’s Super League. She played 140 times for England’s women’s national football team and competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics for the United Kingdom.
The former professional footballer had been born in 1984 in east London and attended St Peter’s London Docks Primary School at Wapping with her mom.
After retiring from football in 2017, the 36-year-old has had a fruitful presenting career.
She proved early on that she had talent and skills for the sport, signing with Arsenal at the age of eight.
Scott was a member of Arsenal’s youth team till the 2004-2005 season, when she transferred to Birmingham City, however, the club was in financial trouble when she went back to Arsenal in 2006.
She stayed with Arsenal until September 2008, when she decided to join Chicago Red Stars in the United States. She played for the Boston Breakers and resided with her colleague at the time, Kelly Smith, throughout her time in the United States.
Following the demise of their American league, both women travelled to England to play for Arsenal in 2012. Scott went on to have a great career in professional women’s football in the United Kingdom, including appearances in the World Cup and the Olympics in 2012. In 2011, Scott partnered alongside Kingston College and Puma to launch ‘The Alex Scott Academy,’ a program for female players aged 16–19 years.
Scott now works as a sports commentator, and hosting but also starring on a variety of celebrity contestant series, including Strictly Come Dancing and Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive. Even while playing for Arsenal, she started her media career by writing a weekly women’s football column also for Morning Star newspaper. She has also been on Soccer AM and worked as a presenter for BBC Sport, BT Sport, and Sky Sports.
She won ITV’s Mission Survive in 2016 but also began co-presenting Match of the Day Kickabout after retiring from football. Her first big job was hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup again for BBC, where she made history as its first female football commentator at a World Cup. In 2019, she came to the BBC to cover the World Cup for women.
She joined Sky Sports’ Super Sunday crew in August 2018, making her the first female analyst on the network. After a year, she and Chris Kamara have named the new co-hosts of Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
She was paired with dancer Neil Jones on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2019. Scott will host for 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in December 2020.
Does she have a partner?
Alex maintains her personal life private, but she has been recently linked to a Corrie actor.
According to reports, the former football player was dating Sam Robertson. Scottish Sam, who plays Ken Barlow’s grandson Adam, is well-known in the soap industry.
Last year, this couple was spotted spending a romantic evening at a restaurant.
After being observed having a “cosy candlelit lunch” together in Soho restaurant Dead Street Townhouse, Alex and Sam were said to have had a “wonderful night.”
Onlookers stated the two blatantly flirted.
She formerly shared a home in Hertfordshire alongside her former teammate Kelly Smith when they purchased a house together.
Carol McKee, Alex’s mother, is and has been by her daughter’s side, backing her football career, and that she will undoubtedly continue to do so during her Strictly adventure. The former Arsenal captain frequently posts photos of herself with her mother on Instagram, notably when Alex was awarded an MBE for contributions to football as in the year 2017 New Year Honors List. In honour of Mother’s Day, Alex shared a photo of herself and Carol at the Buckingham Palace event.
Alex and her mother are pretty close, as seen by photos of the two attending sports events such as award ceremonies, Wimbledon, and football games together. There is no information on Alex’s father that has been discovered.
Other members of the family
Alex’s older brother and niece, Skye, feature on the former footballer’s social media pages alongside his mother Carol. The year before, the Strictly Come Dancing actress shared a lovely photo of herself and her niece enjoying Capital’s Summertime Ball on Instagram.
Alex also thinks a lot of her older brother. Also, in honour of Father’s Day, she shared a photo of her brother, whose name is unknown, and her niece Skye. “Happy Father’s Day to my big bro… To be a single father is tough, and you are raising Skye to be a wonderful human being [sic]. #Proud of you!” commented the former Arsenal captain.
After one peer’s elocution remark, Alex Scott said that she is “proud” of her working-class accent.
Lord Digby Jones, a crossbench lord who worked as Gordon Brown’s trade minister, attacked the former Arsenal and England footballer in a series of tweets on Friday night, including criticizing Sky News political editor Beth Rigby.
“Enough!” he wrote. I really can’t take any of this any longer! Alex Scott’s failure to enunciate her ‘g’s at the end of a word detracts from a good presentational performance on the BBC Olympics Team. Alex, competitors are not competing in fencing, rowing, boxing, kayaking, weightlifting, or swimming.”
He continued and said that she is hot on the trail of Beth Rigby at Sky but isn’t it possible to offer these folks some elocution lessons?
Scott said that she comes from a working-class family in east London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, and is extremely proud of the young woman who conquered adversity, and proud of her accent. It is all about her, her path, and her grit.
Tweets like Jones’s simply give her all the strength to keep going, she continued.
Scott was given an MBE for contributions to football upon retiring from international duty in 2017 following 140 appearances for the England women’s football team including representing Team GB at the year of 2012 Olympics.
“A quick one to any young kids who do not have a particular kind of luxury in life,” she tweeted with a clip of former US first lady Michelle Obama’s “Once they go low, we go high” speech. Never let stereotypes about your social background, accent, or look hold you back.”
Rigby was one of those who tweeted their support, telling Scott, “Keep doing what you do so well.” Dawn Butler, the Labor Member of Parliament for Brent Central, too responded, stating, “Continue to rise.”