Alex Polizzi

Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna Polizzi di Sorrentino[1][2] (born 28 August 1971), better known as Alex Polizzi, is an English hotelier, businesswoman, and television personality. Since 2008, she has appeared on The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5, in which she is the central figure.

Alex Polizzi
Born
Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna Polizzi di Sorrentino[1][2]

28 August 1971 (1971-08-28) (age 51)[3]
EducationUniversity of Oxford
Occupation
  • Hotelier
  • businesswoman
  • television personality
Years active2008–present
TelevisionThe Hotel Inspector
SpouseMarcus Miller (m. 2007)
Children2
Parents
Relatives

Early lifeEdit

Polizzi comes from a family of hoteliers. Her mother is the Hon. Olga Polizzi, a hotel designer who is a daughter of Lord Forte and the sister of Sir Rocco Forte.[4] Her father was Italian marquess Alessandro Polizzi di Sorrentino,[2] who died in a car accident in 1980.[5]

Polizzi read English at St Catherine's College, Oxford. She trained at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and worked for Marco Pierre White.[5]

Hotel careerEdit

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

She managed the Hotel Endsleigh in Milton Abbot, near Tavistock in Devon, which is owned by her mother, Olga.[7] In 2021, Polizzi and her mother opened The Star in Alfriston, in East Sussex, in their first joint venture.[8]

Television careerEdit

Since 2008, Polizzi has presented the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector, replacing Ruth Watson. The show sees Polizzi visiting struggling British hotels to try to turn their fortunes around by giving advice and suggestions to the owners/managers, and often undertaking renovation projects on their behalf.

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 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, 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.[11] In October 2014, it was announced that Polizzi would host a new BBC Two series, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial, where she visits various food outlets. The series began airing on 20 April 2015.[12]

In March 2017, Polizzi released Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi[13] and then Our Dream Hotel on 6 June.[14] From February 2018, she invited her Irish brother-in-law, the restaurateur Oliver Peyton, to join her in a new Channel 5 series Peyton And Polizzi’s Restaurant Rescue, where they pool their experience to play firefighters and turn around failing restaurants.[15]

In August 2021, Alex Polizzi: My Hotel Nightmare aired on Channel 5, which chronicled the renovation of The Star during the COVID-19 pandemic prior to its opening.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Polizzi lives in London with her husband Marcus Miller, whom she married in 2007, along with their daughter and son. Polizzi is bilingual, being fluent in English and Italian.[17] Her sister Charlotte is married to Oliver Peyton, an Irish restaurateur and a judge on the BBC television series Great British Menu. Sir Rocco Forte is her uncle.[18]

She had a Roman Catholic upbringing, and spent "every Sunday of her childhood" at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street, London.[19]

PoliticsEdit

Polizzi backed the Leave campaign during the 2016 British referendum on membership of the EU, but has spoken subsequently of her concern that Brexit could threaten the supply of labour into the hospitality and hotel industry.[20][18]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Channel
2008— The Hotel Inspector Presenter Channel 5
2012–2015 Alex Polizzi: The Fixer BBC Two
2014, 2016 Alex Polizzi's Secret Italy Channel 5
2015 Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial BBC Two
Alex Polizzi's Italian Islands Channel 5
Alex Polizzi: Hire Our Heroes BBC Two
2017 Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi Channel 5
Our Dream Hotel
2018 Peyton and Polizzi's Restaurant Rescue Co-presenter
2018— The Wright Stuff Regular commentator and panellist Channel 5
2021— Alex Polizzi: My Hotel Nightmare Presenter Channel 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Alessandra Maria Luigia Anna POLIZZI DI SORRENTINO - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 1472
  3. ^ "Alex Polizzi – British Hotelier and Television Presenter". Hotel & Resort Insider. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Alex Polizzi". TVLives.com. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  5. ^ a b Rivkin, Annabel (20 January 2012). "Alex Polizzi, a most unlikely sex bomb". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ Barber, Lynn (30 October 2005). "At last, a country house where fun isn't frowned on". The Observer. London. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Relative Values: Olga Polizzi and her daughter Alexandra". The Sunday Times. 1 July 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2013. (subscription required)
  8. ^ Monk, Zoe (23 June 2021). "FIRST LOOK: Olga and Alex Polizzi open The Star in Alfriston". Boutique Hotelier. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Re-launch celebration after Yeadon store's refurb". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi poached by BBC for new show". The Daily Telegraph. London. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Alex Polizzi to star in new Channel 5 travel show Secret Italy". Radio Times. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ Twofour. "Twofour commissioned to produce Alex Polizzi For Hire". Twofour.co.uk. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Spectacular Spain with Alex Polizzi". Channel 5. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Our Dream Hotel". Channel 5. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Peyton And Polizzi’s Restaurant Rescue". Channel 5 website, 2018-02-07.
  16. ^ "Alex Polizzi: My Hotel Nightmare". Channel 5. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi says she loves not being angry on new show - Sunday Post". Sunday Post. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Group names pro-Brexit business heads". BBC News. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  19. ^ "The UK's Favourite Churches". Favouritechurches.org.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Remain Or Brexit? How The Stars Are Voting". Huffingtonpost.co.uk. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2018.

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