Football Focus: Alex Scott’s TV career, love life rumours and struggles with alcohol

She had a long, high-esteemed career in women’s football before becoming one of the most recognisable faces on the BBC.

Alexandra Virina Scott MBE is a former England and Arsenal footballer and is now a regular pundit and TV presenter on the BBC and Sky Sports.

The 37-year-old Londoner is of Jamaican descent and found out she has a Jewish background on the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are ancestry programme. Her mother is northern Irish, English and of Lithuanian-Jewish heritage, whilst her father is Jamaican.

Alex made 140 appearances for the England national team in football and represented Great Britain in the 2012 summer Olympics. She played with various football clubs from Arsenal, where she scored the winning goal for the 2007 UEFA Women’s Cup Final, and Birmingham City to the Boston Breakers in America’s professional soccer league for women, until her retirement in 2017.

What is Alex Scott doing now?

Alex is a pundit for BBC Sport and Sky Sports as of 2019, this means she is consistently called upon as an expert in her field to give her opinions and takes on football.

She took over from Dan Walker as host of BBC show Football Focus in the summer of 2021, becoming the show’s first permanent female host in its 47-year history.

Alex was also featured in hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on BBC.

W hat does Alex Scott earn?

Alex is estimated to be worth $1-5 million.

She stacked up her earnings from being a popular football player internationally and going on to be a TV personality within sports and celebrity reality shows.

She began as a youth footballer for Arsenal aged eight and went on to play for them from 1992 to 1999, before representing the team from 2002 to 2004, then again from 2005 until 2009 and 2012 to 2018. Between this, she did two years at Birmingham City in 2004 and 2005, and played in American soccer from 2009 to 2011.

When did Alex Scott do Strictly?

Alex was a contestant on the 17th series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 alongside professional dancer Neil Jones.

She finished in fifth place overall in the year that Oti Mabuse won with former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

Alex is still friends with former dance partner Neil and previously praised the show: “I’ve literally lived out another dream – I had football and then this chapter.”

Alex Scott’s MBE

She was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to football.

After retiring from international football in 2017, having represented Team GB at the home Olympics in 2012 and making more than 100 appearances for the England women’s football team, Alex received the award in the 2017 New Years Honours List.

Struggle with alcohol and online trolls

After being named as BBC’s first female pundit at the World Cup 2018, Alex Scott said she faced online abuse from trolls which only intensified when she joined the Sky Sports Super Sunday team.

Speaking to the Mail’s Weekend magazine, Alex said: “I was drinking most nights. I would easily go through bottles to try and switch off.

“It was the only thing that could help me sleep or numb everything that was going on around me… it was the death threats, the abuse, all of that.”

She continued: “I found myself pulling away from everyone around me, not wanting to talk to anyone.”

Alex said turning to booze was “unlike her” and she underwent therapy to help her deal with trolling issues.

Who is Alex Scott’s partner?

It isn’t known whether Alex Scott is currently dating anyone, as she keeps her private life under wraps.

The TV pundit was previously romantically linked to Corrie star Sam Robertson after the pair were spotted enjoying a romantic meal together in London last year.

The Scottish actor and model is best known for his role as Ken Barlow’s grandson, Adam, in Coronation Street.

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