Alex Polizzi

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Alex Polizzi
Born Alessandra Maria Luigia Polizzi di Sorrentino[1]
28 August 1971 (1971-08-28) (age 43)[2]
England
Nationality British Italian
Education University of Oxford
Occupation Hotelier
Businesswoman
Television presenter
Years active 2008–present
Employer Channel 5, BBC
Known for The Hotel Inspector
Alex Polizzi: The Fixer
Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy
Alex Polizzi For Hire
Spouse(s) Marcus Miller (m. 2007)
Children Olga Miller, Rocco Miller
Parents Count Alessandro Polizzi (father)
Hon. Olga Polizzi (mother; née Forte)
Relatives Charlie Polizzi (sister)

Alex Polizzi (born Alessandra Maria Luigia Polizzi di Sorrentino on 28 August 1971) is an English-Italian hotelier and the presenter of the British television series The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5.[3]

Early life[edit]

Polizzi read English at St Catherine's College, Oxford, trained at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and worked for Marco Pierre White.[4]

Family[edit]

Polizzi comes from a long line of hoteliers, with her grandfather being Lord Forte; her mother, the hotel designer Olga Polizzi, who is Lord Forte's daughter and the sister of Sir Rocco Forte; and her father was Count Alessandro Polizzi, an Italian marquess, who died in a car accident in 1980.[5]

Career[edit]

Polizzi and her husband started a wholesale bakery, Millers Bespoke Bakery, supplying bread to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Fortnum & Mason.[6]

Polizzi manages the Hotel Endsleigh in Milton Abbot, near Tavistock in Devon, which is owned by her mother.[7]

Television[edit]

Since 2008, Polizzi has presented the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector, replacing Ruth Watson. The show sees Polizzi visiting a struggling British hotel to try to turn its fortunes by giving advice and suggestions to the owner.

She also fronts the BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi: The Fixer,[8] which focuses on her turning around family businesses, not just hotels.[9] The first series aired in 2012; the second in 2013; a third in 2014 and a fifth has been confirmed to air in 2015. Polizzi also presented a revisited series called The Fixer Returns in 2013, as well as a Christmas special, which aired in December 2013.

In October 2014, Polizzi launched a new Channel 5 series, Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy,[10] where she visits either lesser-known places within Italy or well-known towns and cities and, using local connections, shows areas that tourists would not ordinarily experience.

On 30 October 2014, it was announced that Polizzi will host a new BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi For Hire, where she will visit various food outlets.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Polizzi lives in London with her husband Marcus Miller, whom she married in 2007. They have two children; Olga and Rocco.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry UK
  2. ^ "Alex Polizzi – British Hotelier and Television Presenter". Hotel & Resort Insider. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (24 January 2008). "News Media Channel 5 Polizzi checks in as new Hotel Inspector". theguardian.com. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Annabel (20 January 2012). "Alex Polizzi, a most unlikely sex bomb". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alex Polizzi". TVLives.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Barber, Lynn (30 October 2005). "At last, a country house where fun isn't frowned on". The Observer. London: theguardian.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Relative Values: Olga Polizzi and her daughter Alexandra". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). 1 July 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2013.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ Alex Polizzi fixes it for Kettley's (From Wharfedale Observer)
  9. ^ "Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi poached by BBC for new show". The Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph.co.uk). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
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