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]
Poplar, London, England
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
Parent(s) Count Alessandro Polizzi (father)
Hon. Olga Polizzi (mother; née Forte)
Relatives Charlie Polizzi (sister)

Alex Polizzi (born Alessandra Maria Luigia Polizzi di Sorrentino 28 August 1971 in Poplar, London[3]) is an English hotelier and the presenter of the British television series The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Career[edit]

Polizzi and her husband started a wholesale bakery, Millers Bespoke Bakery, supplying bread to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Fortnum & Mason.[7]

Polizzi manages the Hotel Endsleigh in Milton Abbot, near Tavistock in Devon, which is owned by her mother.[8]

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,[9] which focuses on her turning around family businesses, not just hotels.[10] The first series aired in 2012; the second in 2013; a third in 2014 and a fourth 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,[11] 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 would host a new BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi For Hire, where she will visit various food outlets.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Start End Title Role Notes
2008 The Hotel Inspector herself host
2012 Sunday Brunch herself guest (1 episode)
2012 Richard E. Grant's Secret Hotels herself guest (1 episode)
2012 2014 The Wright Stuff herself guest (2 episodes)
2012 Alex Polizzi: The Fixer herself host
2015 Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy herself host
2015 Alex Polizzi For Hire herself host

Personal life[edit]

Polizzi lives in London with her husband Marcus Miller, whom she married in 2007 and daughter Olga. Polizzi is bilingual being fluent in both English and Italian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry UK
  2. ^ "Alex Polizzi – British Hotelier and Television Presenter". Hotel & Resort Insider. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  3. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/world-records/england-and-wales-births-1837-2006?lastname=polizzi%20di%20sorrentino&eventyear=1971&eventyear_offset=0
  4. ^ Tryhorn, Chris (24 January 2008). "News Media Channel 5 Polizzi checks in as new Hotel Inspector". theguardian.com. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Annabel (20 January 2012). "Alex Polizzi, a most unlikely sex bomb". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Alex Polizzi". TVLives.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Relative Values: Olga Polizzi and her daughter Alexandra". The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers Ltd). 1 July 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2013.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ Alex Polizzi fixes it for Kettley's (From Wharfedale Observer)
  10. ^ "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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